1957 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon, Restored by Mike Fennel, Rare & Sought-After

Price: US $65,000.00 Item location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Buick
  • Model: Caballero
  • Type: Estate Wagon
  • Trim: Estate Wagon
  • Year: 1957
  • Mileage: 621
  • VIN: 6D2034615
  • Color: Teal
  • Engine size: v-8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Pearl White
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1957 Buick Caballero

1973.5 Long Wheelbase, One Meticulous and Caring Owner For The Last 40 Years, Completely Original Except Petcocks, Mufflers, and Battery, Incredible Original Paint, All Original Paperwork Including Original Bill of Sale, MSO, Title, Registration, Owner's Manual, Battery Manual and Brochure Still In Original Pouch, Runs and Rides Extremely Well, Never Spent a Night Outside, Always Stored in Climate Controlled Garage, Only Ridden on Sunny Days, 16.8k Original Miles.

 

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Rare and Sought-After Model, Restored by Noted Expert Mike Fennel


A rarity among the output of mass-produced postwar American automobiles, the Caballero was introduced by Buick in 1957, integrating the Riviera’s four-door pillarless sedan styling into a station wagon. Among GM’s numerous station wagon models produced during this period, the Caballero is the only vehicle to feature such a design.


Also benefitting from Buick’s makeover for 1957, including a revised front fascia, the Caballero was equipped with the company’s new “Nailhead” V-8. The unusually designed vertical-valve motor was tuned for 300 hp on the Century models, and 325 hp with the optional high-performance “tri-power” carburetion, though Buick engineering avowedly prioritized raw torque more than top-end horsepower.


In 1958, Buick restyled once again, eliminating their classic fender portholes and the two-tone color treatment of the sweep spear. As 1957 was the final year to feature these revered styling cues, 1957 Caballeros are particularly desirable to Buick collectors. The Caballero was made for just two years, and surviving examples in decent condition are quite uncommon.


The story of this wonderfully restored Caballero revolves around its restorer, the late Mike Fennel, whose Saugus, California, shop restored several Pebble Beach-awarded prewar classics for noted collectors. Mr. Fennel also served as the Blackhawk Collection’s technical manager for 35 years.


The previous owner, one of Mr. Fennel’s clients, took notice of a Caballero that he had restored for his wife Juli, who managed Fennel’s business with him. Unwilling to sell the Caballero he had completed for his better half, Mr. Fennel offered to work on a similar car for the consignor, and in 2010 the restoration of this 1957 example was completed.


Having restored several Caballeros during his career, Mr. Fennel performed a comprehensive job, with tasteful modifications. To ensure more modern performance, TCI coil-over shocks were installed, and the transmission tunnel was adapted to accommodate a four speed automatic 700R4 transmission, a popular choice for retro-rod builders. The body was refinished in a deep two-tone scheme of teal over white, and a new interior of pearl white leather with blue piping was installed.


At the previous owner’s request, the car was mildly customized for a hot rod flavor, which included lowering the ride height and removing the door handles. Please note the photo of the small dent in the chrome trim near the right rear wheel. Otherwise largely stock in appearance, this beautifully finished Caballero testifies to the imagination of Buick design, and would make a great addition to any collection. Since acquisition, the Buick has resided along with American and European cars in one of the finest collections in the United States.


I am helping the owner in the sale process of this car and I will be answering all inquiries for him. The owner and the cars are new to eBay and that is why we don't have any feedback yet. Please contact me for any more info you would like, and if you need any additional photos, I am happy to provide them. We have several other listings currently for other 50s American cars.


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NOTES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS:


A $5,000 deposit is due within 24 hours of auction close.


The balance of the funds are due within 72 hours of auction close.


The vehicle is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS, and there are no representations or warranties expressed or implied of any kind.


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