That said, it was largely early to the mid-1950s phenomenon. Meaning this 1949 Buick conversion is one of the very earliest. It's nearly impossible to say who, where, when, why, or how as to the origins of this Frankenstein's monster on four wheels.
But this is one of those custom builds where the pictures are worth at least a thousand words. With that in mind, it's a good thing there are nearly 50 photos in the listing detailing everything there is to see inside and out. We'll start with the car portion of this totally weird sedan and camper hybrid. The Buick Super was a middle-level full-sized family coupe or sedan produced in five model generations between 1940 and 1958.
Keep in mind that's with a significant break in the middle during the Second World War. 1949 was the first model year of the third-generation Buick Super. It was also the second to last production year for the 248.1-cubic inch (4.1-L) Buick Fireball straight eight. A larger 263-cubic inch (4.3-liter) engine replaced this unit in 1950 to close out the production of one of Buick's first flagship engines.
For how crusty and worn out the exterior of this thing appears to be, the interior is equally in the same state. Apart from the remarkable intact state of the front bench seat, the rest of this Buick camper conversion's interior is shredded, cluttered with a torn open box of facial tissues, and generally in a state like a freshly reanimated zombie. Based on how nice the seats look, it's safe to say they're not from the factory.
It's not really possible to tell how many miles are on the odometer. But even if it had fairly low miles, years of exposure to the elements ensured little left of what was once here. At least the steering wheel emblem still looks nice. But let's be real, we all want to know what's happening in the back of this thing. Well, like the rest of this it, it's a sad, cold shell of whatever it used to be.
The rear end consists of an outer shell with two port windows on either side and one in the rear. At the back, a wooden door complete with brake and indicator lights completes what at one point was somebody's home away from home. One of the few remaining items is a wooden platform where a mattress was presumably supposed to fit.
As for the identity or the whereabouts of the person who created this bizarre RV conversion? Nobody has any earthly idea. After a quick search online, we found this Buick was last for sale through a Craigslist ad from Brainerd, Minnesota, in 2017.
Between then and the present day, it was purchased by Classic Car Deals in Cadillac, Michigan, where it's been kept ever since. So, with all this in mind, what would you be willing to pay for this outrageous creation? Is it even worth saving?
Well, with all the work needing to be done, this little sliver of weirdness can be yours for $5,995 before taxes and fees. That should leave a good bit of room for the multiple five figures it'd take to fully restore this "thing" back to
a real recreational vehicle.
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