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History Looking for info: Custom Wrecker...1956 Buick

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by allcars, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. allcars
    Joined: Jul 27, 2010
    Posts: 2


    Not quite a traditional custom, but... Found this 1960 classified ad for a neat custom wrecker. Cab and front sheet metal based on a 1956 Buick, and it was Buick powered. Note the extended "five-hole" front fenders! It was for sale in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa when offered in 1960. Anyone remember seeing it in the old days? Would be great to know who built it and what happened to it.

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  2. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,162


    Sorry, I don't know anything except I like it! I'd remove most of the portholes and drive it!
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  3. choffman41
    Joined: Oct 30, 2012
    Posts: 1,648


    Back in 1960 $7850 would have been about the same as $1,000,000 to me.
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  4. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 39,697


    Yea I remember when hot rod magazine used to feature real hot rods and they often showed the investment. I recall a chromed out show rod normally ran around 5K.
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  5. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,278


    Yikes! 36 forward speeds! Ok maybe that I understand. 24 reverse! I wonder what the had for a driveline
  6. Bubba1955
    Joined: Jul 8, 2013
    Posts: 442


    $7,850.00 in 1960 had the same buying power as $65,823.59 in 2018. Annual inflation over this period was about 3.73%
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  7. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,206


    Very cool. So let's see; 3 portholes on a Special, 4 on a Roadmaster, and 5 on a Loadmaster - makes sense.
    24 speeds in reverse, that'll keep your attention.
    It would be great if it survived.
  8. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,178


    Seeing how there's no contact info in the ad, I doubt it was sold!

    If you are serious about finding it print a big picture and bring it to the Old Thresher's Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, you'd likely find someone there who knows who built it.
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  9. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 2,409

    from red oak

    @LM14 Do you know anybody from Mt Pleasant.

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