1953 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Sedan 4-Door 5.3L

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:GAS
Interior Color:Blue
Engine:5.3L 5272CC 322Cu. In. V8 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
Trim:Base Sedan 4-Door
Number of Cylinders:8
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Current customer rating: current rating for this car (5)
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1953 Buick Roadmaster – “Black Beauty” – 50th Anniversary Edition
What a classic! – great driver – wonderful road car - featured in many Detroit area car shows and events. Ready for your next cruise….
4 Door Sedan (model 72R) – 322 CI V8, 188 HP, original Carter 4bbl carburetor, 12 volt original electrical system. Power Steering, Power Brakes, DynaFlow automatic transmission
Great ride in this very reliable, crowd-pleasing classic. 64,278 original miles. Tenderly cared for. Runs great – starts first time every time with complete reliability. Cruises effortlessly on the highway.
Engine: Less than 6K miles on this COMPLETE ENGINE OVERHAUL (professionally done: pistons, rings, bearings, camshaft, lifters, timing chain/gears). Includes hardened (stellite) valve seats – runs exceptionally on NO-LEAD GASOLINE. Delivers great power and has no issues. Has a recently replaced mechanical fuel pump, includes an inline booster electric fuel pump.
Cooling system has re-cored 4-tube radiator, new water pump (less than 6K miles) and provides good cooling. Also includes auxiliary electric fan for additional cooling support in low speed (parades, etc.).
Transmission shifts smooth and effortlessly in all driving conditions. Has some of the minor expected fluid seepage associated with a car of this vintage. The park lock needs adjusting for “park” to work properly – parking brake holds securely.
Undercarriage is in surprisingly great condition for a 61 year-old classic. The wide-whitewall steel belted radial tires have less than 6k miles plus new shocks and coil springs provide a dreamy, smooth ride. Features 1953 Buick optional wire wheel hubcaps that are in great condition. Power brakes professionally reconditioned provide firm stopping. Steering is effortless with Buick’s power steering, has minor fluid leaks (will include a new reman power steering pump and new hoses to be installed). Alignment is straight and no concerns cruising down the highway.
Body is straight and has no rust! Paint is classic black – refinished with base-coat/clear-coat approx. 20 years ago. A few of the minor expected finish imperfections for a car of this vintage. There is a small (1-1/2” X 1/8” dent in the roof, paint is intact (the detail will not show in a photo). Also a small dent (1-1/4”X1/2”) in the stainless window trim on the driver’s door, which can be addressed by a professional. The chrome and stainless trim, bumpers and grill are all there and look great. Glass is all good with a few very minor imperfections in the vents, front windshield has some streaks due to windshield wipers.
Interior door panels, headliner and dashboard are in great condition. Classic 1950s dashboard with plenty of shiny chrome! Speedometer, tripometer and all gauges function fine, except the gas gauge which does not function and needs some attention. Includes original radio and clock that are currently not functioning and need some attention, a new antenna is included and needs to be installed. Windshield wipers are vintage vacuum type that are currently inoperative and need reconditioning. Seat frames, springs and padding are fine – original Buick blue hounds-tooth woven upholstery is all there, has some rips and tears, needs recovering. The front carpet has a stain on the passenger side and will need to be replaced (readily available). All doors and windows function perfectly. Trunk is huge, lock works fine and is in great shape.
Electrical system (generator, voltage regulator, etc.) is in great shape, no concerns. Battery replaced in 2013. All lights (headlights, high beams, directionals, interior) function properly. Wiring is intact and in great shape.
Includes original owner’s manual and Buick OEM Shop Manual.
The car is located in Troy Michigan (Detroit suburb) I-75 Exit #74
I would grade this classic as good+ based on Hemmings Research Classic Car Guide (
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