A Century of Cars: 34. Solido 1950 Buick Super
The third generation Buick Super shared
a new General Motors C-body with the Roadmaster but on a shorter
wheelbase. It featured three chrome VentiPorts on each front fender
to denote its smaller straight-eight engine and shorter engine
compartment when compared with the Roadmaster..
The 1950 Super came with a single two-barrel carburettor on a new higher displacement 263 cu in (4.3 L) Fireball I8 which produced 112 hp (84 kW). It was able to achieve speeds over 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) with an optional Dynaflow automatic transmission which, rather than changing through gears, used the torque converter to couple the motor to a single gear ratio. The car had 2 splits in the back glass although the windshield was now curved one-piece glass. Models also could be equipped with an AM radio and an antenna that could be adjusted via a knob in the front centre above the windshield. In the June 1953 Popular Mechanics, acceleration was rated at 0-60 mph in 14.5 seconds. The Super set an all time record of 251,883 sold.