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Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

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Well, I sold my 70 Skylark in October this past year.  I kept saying I wasn't going to buy another car for a while, but sometimes they just fall into your lap.

 

I am picking it up on Tuesday (possibly Monday if I can work the schedule).

 

A bit of a long-winded story, but I'll try to keep it short.  Lance and I went to go look at a 57 Roadmaster 75 coupe that is currently advertised on eBay.  It is local to me, so we made a day out of the inspection.  The coupe came from a wealthy collector in Southern CA that is having this dealer broker his cars.  Apparently, he is selling anything that is not valued at $1 million or more. Oooook then.  We were less than impressed with the coupe, so proceeded to small talk the dealer, and found out the owner has another 57 that he sent over in another building.  He said "You don't want to see it, it's a turd and the transmission is out."  We said, "we'd like to see it please."  So 30 minutes later, a guy brought a key to the other building and opened the door.  What we saw was this car in the photos.  Yes, the transmission is not currently "working," but I am hopeful that it's a simple fix.  Even if it's not, I'm not concerned.  It does need an exhaust system, the current one is pretty rotted.

 

It originally was all garnet red top and bottom, but sometime in its life it was painted its current combo.  All (or most) of the chrome is original clean, no pits.  Interior has been redone is mostly correct fabrics.  Dash pad and upper door panels are not quite right, but I can handle that.  Headliner has a white perforated material that isn't right either, but that's a pretty easy fix.  It's just a clean car.  Factory AC and wonderbar radio.  Not a speck of rust to be found anywhere.

 

I've been hounding the guy for 2 weeks to get a price from the seller, and he finally got back with me yesterday.  Today, the deal is 99% done.  I just have to sign some paperwork and pay him.  We currently have snowmageddon 2019 happening, so I can't get back out there until Monday or Tuesday.  If I could've picked it up today, I would have.  Darn snow storm rolled in about 1pm today.

 

I plan to have this in OKC this year.

 

I have to thank Lance for allowing me to buy this ahead of him.  We were both salivating at the prospect.  I'll have to make sure I get his black 57 extra spiffy for him.

 

This is the "turd" ...it's better in person.  It still has all the grime on it from the trip East..

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Wow, some people's perspectives are "different".  If that's a turd, then all my cars are sewage.  Great find Adam!

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Absolutely one of my favorite Buicks of the 1950's -- and my favorite color combination for the 1957 models.

 

I love this car, Adam!  I'm having a hard time seeing how I can get to Oklahoma City this year, but the prospect of seeing this beautiful car makes me want to attend even more.

 

Congratulations, my friend.  This car is a dream machine.

 

I'll tune in regularly here to watch for updates.

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Another winner , Adam!

Congratulations!

 

On my little iPhone screen.......looks like an AFB on there, too..?

 

Have fun with it

 

 

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Yes, it’s an AFB...thankfully.  I’ve had pretty poor luck with the Rochesters.

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Adam,

 

So now your are a 1957 guy? Welcome to the club! Great find and great car. Can't wait to see what you going to do to it. Looks pretty good right now in the condition it is in. 

 

Jim

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Call me whatever year guy you want...LOL!  I've been a 71, 73, 66, 58, 60, 70, and now a 57 guy.

 

It doesn't appear that the car needs much cosmetically.  The paint looked nice.  Interior is presentable, aside from having incorrect headliner and dash material.  The upper door panels are sewn vinyl, as opposed to heat stamped.

 

If you notice the spare tire well, there is some discoloration on the tire.  That's because it was full of water!!  It was obvious that it had been sitting there for quite a long time, so I wasn't really concerned with it.  Lance found a trash can that we could use to drain the water, so we did.  Obviously there is water getting in somehow.  Oddly enough, when we looked at the coupe, I laid my hand on the trunk floor mat, and it was wet.  The salesman said the detail guy had left he trunk lid unlatched when he was power washing, and a decent amount of water had gotten in.  Hence why the lid was already open when we got there.

 

There is a bit of roulette being played here.  I have no idea what is wrong with the transmission.  Seller says it feels like it is stuck between gears.  We were unable even to start the car that day because of a dead battery.  He assures us that it runs great but just won't do anything when you try to put it in gear.  If you look at the photo of the steering wheel, you can see the indicator sitting in between Neutral and Drive.  My hope is that there is some sort of linkage issue, or something has fallen off and needs reattaching.  Crossing my fingers for that.  Nonetheless, the price does reflect the issues at hand.  As it sits,I think this car is in better condition than my 58 Roadmaster was when I bought it.  At least this one has all matching paint😁

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Also, there is a Chevrolet wiper motor.  Probably works every time.

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Nice car!  I think I saw a picture of it in the showroom on another thread. 😉

 

 

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Very pretty car, love the color combination. Best of luck

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Hi Adam

This looks like a very nice car. I had the exact same car (factory Air as well) in the same color combo about 25 years ago. Oddly it did not have reverse and sat at the transmission shop for about a year, they never touched it and I lost interest in the car and sold it for pennies. I wish I would have kept that one. 

Steve

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I thought you would like the color combo, Joe!

 

It really is a nice car.  Dare I say it's nicer than Laurel was (my 58 Roadmaster). 

 

It came with a binder containing several pre/during/post restoration photos and a few little literature trinkets.  Also, a copy of the November 1996 Bugle with it on the back cover was included.

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Adam, glad to see you with what is clearly a favorite of mine!  If you decide to sell it down the road, maybe I'll take it off your hands if I can!  Enjoy, and hope to see it in OK.

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On 1/14/2019 at 9:00 PM, Smartin said:

I thought you would like the color combo, Joe!

 

It really is a nice car.  Dare I say it's nicer than Laurel was (my 58 Roadmaster). 

 

It came with a binder containing several pre/during/post restoration photos and a few little literature trinkets.  Also, a copy of the November 1996 Bugle with it on the back cover was included.

Yep, I DO like the color combo!

Hope to see you with it in June!

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That's the plan. 

 

I started it today, ran really smoothly once everything was circulating.  You could tell it had been sitting for a bit.

 

I tried to put it in gear and heard an awful grinding noise, like the convertor teeth were grinding on the trans bell.  I shut it off and put the cover on it.  In other news, most of the power items work!

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Glad its running!

Hope it’s a quick kill on the trans, Adam.

was Dynaflow out recently by previous owner?

Sounds like trans wanted to engage allright.....

 maybe an errant bolt or piece of hardware in there ?

 

Cant wait to hear what you find!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I really hope that's the case.  It will probably be a couple weeks before I get a chance to look at it, since the snow continually seems to be coming.  I currently don't have a garage spot for it.  There are three 57 Buick Roadmaster 75's here, a 72 GSX and a 72 GS Stage1.  Plus my two drivers.  Woof.

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Beautiful car in a fantastic color combination.  Years ago my parents had a similar 57 roadmaster 75. They migrated from Alabama to California in that car in the summer of 59. It looks like the same color combination, only reversed...attached is a puck along with the 52 roadmaster they traded to buy the 57...wish I had both today...

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