1947 Buick Super
The 1947 Buick Super fell about midway between the start and end dates for this full-sized automobile. Buick produced the Super from 1940 through 1958 and it shared its body with the Buick Roadmaster. The Electra replaced both the Super and the Roadmaster for the 1959 model year. The start of the included the new C-body, described as a torpedo. The Supers shared that body not only with the Roadmaster, but also models from the Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and Pontiac lines.
Early, first generation models of the Buick Super included the Fireball inline-eight engine and a range of body styles from a two-door convertible to a four-door sedan to a wagon, and everything in between. The 1947 Buick Super came into being during the second generation of the model and included minor styling changes. The model was similar to the one from 1946, which meant a return to chrome trims and more varied body styles after the restrictions put on metal during World War II.
Much of the success of the 1947 Buick Super can be attributed to the combination of the spaciousness of the Roadmaster and the more economical and efficient engine of the Special. These things together, as well as the pleasing styling made the 1947 Buick Super a smart, yet comfortable and enjoyable car to buy. That it came after the hardships of World War II didn’t hurt either. The 1946 model, out just after the war sold nearly 120,000 units and represented over three-quarters of Buick’s overall sales. For the 1947 Buick Super, those numbers jumped and nearly 160,000 units were sold by the company.
After the 1947 Buick Super came the third, fourth, and fifth generations of this popular model, and finally its demise in 1958. Over the years it evolved in terms of styling as well as engines and other performance parts. In its last year, the Super’s sales dropped to the lowest since the war years, and Buick called it quits.