Howard Hughes’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Side

Barrett-Jackson Auctions Shall See Howard Hughes 1953 Buick Roadmaster Again

Published January 9, 2015

Can the historic Vintage classic repeat the marvel feat of $1.65 million again?

How much are you willing to pay for this 1953 Pastel Blue Buick Roadmaster? Well, with the astonishing past the car boasts, it has certainly made to the top of the list of Vintage Classics. Now that I’ve raised your curiosity to another level let me tell you about the whooping past of this powder blue 1953 beauty. The car originally belonged to Howard Hughes—The Howard Hughes. I don’t think there is half a chance you wouldn’t know who he was, but if you do not know let me say a few words about him before we move further. He was an American business figure, one of the richest people in his time, an investor, inventor, aerospace engineer, filmmaker, philanthropist, and aviator. Yes, you’re right the 2004 movie Aviator was based upon his life.

Howard Hughes’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster

The miracle of 2005:

Now, let’s get back to the Roadmaster. The thing is the Howard Hughes’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster took part in the Palm Beach Collector Auction, by Barrett-Jackson in 2005 and it was sold for an unbelievable price of 1.65 million dollars. Yes, you’ve heard that right. In fact, after a stern bidding battle between three of its seeking parties it went on to create a record for the highest sale price of a Buick.

Reentering the Barrett-Jackson sales:

And now the news is the Roadmaster is once again taking part in an auction. The Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction event would be held from 10th to 18th January, 2015. Whether the classic collector’s car would repeat the miracle once again, or the price would go down, the question can only be answered in a few days from now.


A deeper look at the Roadmaster:

The car is a four door sedan, pastel blue in color (or, Light Blue as was designated at the time of its launch) with sea foam green top. Since its original owner, Howard Hughes, accentuated by his suffering from an obsession-compulsion disorder that turned him into an explicitly hygiene cautious man, the car underwent a few modifications to include his preferences. A 24 volt air-craft electrical system is installed in combination with the regular 12 volt system. Air conditioning system has been modified to run cent percent on electricity, while the compressor is driven by an electric motor. Also, cooling fans are mounted in both the fenders to cool the 24 volt generator and motor. The roof contains larger AC ducts. The entire trunk is fitted with the AC unit which is redesigned so that the air flows through Dust trap & bacteria filters. All this and more so as to take care of his phobia of germs. The trunk even has a 24 plugin attachment to jump start his planes. If all that wasn’t enough, Howard Hughes had all the car’s windows and vents locked, inaccessible, and made completely inoperative.


So, now you know what makes this beauty even more special? It is said that this was the last car that Howard Hughes drove. Later, the car was stored for about 20 years in Hollywood and it has been driven scarcely a little over five thousand miles.

Now, we’ve to wait for the Scottsdale Sale to see if the history is repeated or not.



Chris Riley
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I have been wrecking cars for as long as I've been driving them but I keep coming back for more. Two wheels or four, I'm all in. gives me a chance to give something back to the automobile community.

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