1953 BUICK ROADMASTER 4 DOOR SEDAN - 178449 Sold* at Scottsdale 2015 - Lot #2503 1953 BUICK ROADMASTER 4 DOOR SEDAN https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/178449/178449_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #2503

1953 BUICK ROADMASTER 4 DOOR SEDAN

Auction Scottsdale 2015
Reserve RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 2503
Year 1953
Make BUICK
Model ROADMASTER
Style 4 DOOR SEDAN
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN V1317897
Exterior Color PASTEL BLUE W/SEAFOAM GREEN TOP
Interior Color BLUE
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 0
Transmission
Description

Lot #2503 - This historic Buick Roadmaster was personally customized for Howard Hughes to conform to his eccentric demands and idiosyncrasies, and was the last car he drove. The car was stored on blocks for 20 years in Hollywood, CA, and has 5,339 actual miles since new. In 100% original condition with factory Pastel Blue with Seafoam Green top paint and blue wool and broadcloth and nylon interior. All interior appointments are perfect, including carpets and instruments. The following modifications were executed at Hughes' direction: Full 24-volt aircraft electrical system in conjunction with regular 12-volt system. Air conditioning system runs 100% on electricity. Air conditioning compressor driven by an electric motor. Cooling fans built into both fenders to cool 24-volt generator and 24-volt motor for air conditioning. Complete 24-volt electric panel on firewall. Air conditioning ducts installed in roof are larger. Air diffusers changed to aircraft type. Trunk-mounted air conditioning unit redesigned to flow air through dust trap filter and bacteria filter. Trunk contains four 6-volt batteries. 24-volt to power auxiliary systems. Plug-in attachment under trunk to 24 volts to jump airplanes. All windows and vents except drivers are locked, sealed and inoperative, vents and heaters removed and firewall completely sealed. Continental kit built by Hughes Aircraft, due to lack of trunk space. Air conditioning fully operable without engine running.
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