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1949 Buick Roadmaster 2dr Convertible
From the movie “Rain Man"
Body Style: 2dr Convertible
Engine: 8-cyl. 320cid/150hp 2bbl
Miles: Showing 4,505 (Mileage Exempt)
Transmission: Dynaflow Automatic Transmission (Buick’s Smooth Operator)
Exterior Color: Sequoia Cream
Interior Color: Red
Convertible Top Color: White
Buick Roadmaster History:
Buick introduced its fifth generation of the venerable Roadmaster name in 1949. The car was the first of the “four-hole” Buicks of its era, with the brand’s trademark “ventiports” placed prominently on the front fenders. These actually provided some ventilation for the engine compartment. The cars were slightly smaller than the 1948 models, and were markedly more modern visually, especially with the car’s large curved windshield.
Available Buick Roadmaster body styles included a four-door sedan and two-door sedanette, a two-door hardtop coupe, a four-door station wagon, and a convertible.
Today the most desirable of this generation of Buick Roadmaster is the convertible. Only 8,000 were produced, and the interiors are tonier than Roadmasters of other body styles, giving them both luxury and rarity.
About this car:
The Oscar winning 1988 film “Rain Man” starred Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise but for fellow car enthusiasts the true star of the film was the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible. The film tells the story of an abrasive and selfish young Charlie Babbitt (played by Tom Cruise), who learns that his father has died and left his fortune to his other son, Raymond (played by Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant.
'Cruise's Charlie Babbitt is a high-end car salesman and the 1949 Buick figures large in his life as the one car he never got to drive as he was forbidden from it by his father,' said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage. 'Once he and Hoffman connect, they set off on a cross-country adventure in the car, which is in virtually every scene, and the rest is Hollywood history,' she says in a statement. 'This is a plum prize for the buyer,' Barrett adds. 'It's one of the great screen-featured automobiles from the 1980s, from one of the best films of the decade, besides being a prime example of one of America's greatest classic cars.'
For movie buffs and car enthusiasts alike, this car is an iconic piece of history. It would make a great statement piece in any car collection or a rare gem to be enjoyed by any car enthusiast.
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