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Lot 16

2013   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2013

1958 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon

SOLD $90,750

Estimate

$100,000 - $125,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

6E2011885

Car Highlights

Rare Pillarless Station Wagon
Low-Mileage, Two-Owner Car
Superb Frame-Off Restoration
Gleaming Example of Dramatic Mid-1950s Styling
Meticulously Maintained and Protected

Technical Specs

364 CID OHV V-8 Engine
4-Barrel Quadra-Jet Carburetor
300 HP at 4,600 RPM
Dynaflow Automatic Transmission
Hydraulic Front Disc and Rear Drum Braking System
Front Suspension with Upper and Lower A-Arms and Coil Springs
Rear Suspension with Live-Axle, Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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The 1958 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon From the chrome-and-fins era of 1950s Detroit automotive styling, the Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon has emerged as a unique standout. Introduced in 1957 and built only through the 1958 model year, when it was given a major redesign, the Century Caballero featured an innovative four-door hardtop design. It was General Motors’ most luxurious and expensive ($3,700+) station wagon and its unusual pillarless body – fabricated for Buick by the Ionia Manufacturing Company of Owosso, Michigan – gave this sophisticated estate wagon a breezy, sporty quality that elevated it far above its working-class competition. While glitzy and bold, the Century Caballero stayed true to its marque’s upscale heritage with a generous array of opulent features including a well-appointed custom interior, a powerful V-8 engine, and the expected and legendary smooth Buick ride. The car also featured Buick’s first set of dual headlights and a distinctive, massive grille with Buick badging proudly centered above it. The 1958 Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon serves as a fitting representative of Detroit’s heyday, a time when American cars ruled America’s roads.

This Car This Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon is a stunning and exceptional example of the only General Motors hardtop wagon of the mid-1950s. Although it was built more than a half-century ago, the car has had only two owners. Its current custodian purchased it in 2004 in Santa Barbara from the original owner. The consignor states that this car has had a complete frame-off restoration in which every system – electrical, fuel, drivetrain, mechanicals, etc. – was renovated to the highest standards. Further, the consignor advises that upgraded 1961 Buick power front disc brakes have been installed and the car is eminently drivable. As the top-of-the-line Buick station wagon of its day, this Century Caballero is equipped with a long list of amenities and a spacious, pristine red and white interior. The body is unblemished and finished in a lustrous white over midnight blue two-tone paint combination. Both periodcorrect exterior and interior color schemes are nostalgic. Only 4,456 1958 Century Caballero models were built, and a fraction of those survive today. Consequently, an example as remarkable as this one is seldom available. This rare estate wagon presents as concours-ready and is poised to take its place in any distinguished private collection.