Special Survivor: 1953 Buick Special


Wearing original paint, and having a rebuilt engine and transmission, this Buick is ready to cruise. The paint is mostly there, and the chrome is in good shape as well. The seller is looking to move on to something different and asking a reasonable $6,100 for this Buick. Find it here on craigslist out of Newton, Kansas.


Although this Buick is in solid original condition, it could use a little tlc, to make it that much better. The paint is mostly there, but there are some areas that the paint has failed completely. Also there is a little rust over the passenger side rear wheel arch. But overall this Buick is solid and would make a great restoration candidate, or you could enjoy it now, and restore it later. The straight 8 engine has been rebuilt as well as the Dynaflow automatic transmission. The mechanicals are straight, and this Buick is still a 6 volt car.


In ready to drive condition this would make a great cruiser and long term project for some who wanted to enjoy, and restore this Buick. What would you do with this Buick?


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  1. JCW Jr.

    fix the rust blend the paint as close as you can and just enjoy.

  2. daniel wright

    I thought 53 was the year Buick moved to the Nailhead and 12 Volt Electrics?

    • Vince Habel

      The Special did not go to the nailhead and 12 volts till 54.

  3. angliagt

    You can tell a ’53 by the medallion on the top middle
    of the front bumper,celebrating Buick’s 50th year.
    The first car my Dad had,when I was growing up,was
    a ’53 2 door,painted Volkswagen Orange,with twin air horns on
    the side of the hood.My Dad picked it up at the factory in Flint.
    It didn’t have seat belts,or A/C.The good old days.

  4. charlie Member

    Solid driver, slow off the line, but you could drive it at a steady 70 mph.

  5. Craig

    A car that brings back memories. Mr Wilson had one like this when I was 6. I remember him always washing that tank

  6. Jerry berg

    Wish there was interior pictures.

  7. Steve

    I had a 53 Buick Super 2-door hardtop. Bought it for $800 somewhere around 1980. It was my daily driver and was dependable to a fault. Being a Super model it came with the brand-new for 1953 V-8 engine. I really loved that car. Get in, turn the key, mash the gas pedal to start. It was a lot of fun get in the car and close my eyes and tell passengers that I was “willing” the car to start with no hands. LOL.

    Smooth performance but the engine had a tappit that ticked when I bought it, I probably put like 5000 miles on it and sold it for the same amount I bought it for a year later, tappit still ticking. With the Dynaflow transmission it was not fast but smooth.

    A really nice car that I wish I still had. Mine had been painted all-white but was originally green with the white top and probably looked very much like this one when it was new. Stylish!

  8. Bruce Fischer

    I too had a 53 buick special. It was my 1st old car when I moved here to east T.N. 20 years ago. It had sat under a fellows car port for years. I asked him to pour some gas down the carb so I could make sure the motor wasn’t frozen up and she fired up.So I bought it.The flat bed driver had a heck of a time getting it out because the car port was around the back of the house and covered with junk. I got it home and pulled a full tune up , 4 new tires and fuel pump and rebuilt carb from Kanters and she was a daily driver. Wait I did have to have the gas tank cleaned too. I was going thru 6 filter a week. LOL.I painted the top white and the rest of the car green. It was a GREAT daily driver. I finally sold it years later because it had no power steering and was getting rough on my shoulders. Loved the straight 8 motor. Bruce.

  9. Bill Owens Bill O Staff

    I remember my grandmother had a 1953 Buick Special 2 door sedan, blue with a white top, standard moon type caps, and black walls. But it did have a radio. I remember every time she drove in the garage, she would reach up near the rear view mirror, and turn the antenna down. In 1968 when I was 13, she went into the nursing home; I thought I would like to have her car for future when I would drive, but since I was only 13, a cousin’s husband got the car and he didn’t keep it long.

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