The 1950s were indeed a simpler time. World War II had come to a close, and America was boarding the prosperity wagon. Innovation ran deep, too, evident in this example of post-WWII engineering.
This is a 1950 Buick Roadmaster wrecker. During the Great Depression, former luxury cars were often converted into wreckers, per Hemmings. However, the trend mostly died off as America went to war. But, this 1950 Buick is evidence some trends remained into the 1950s.
The vehicle is for sale, with the seller noting the mechanics of the car are remarkable, stating, “I believe this wrecker was custom built in the mid 1950’s by a Buick dealership near or in Oakland, California. The workmanship is superb. The boom actually retracts into the floor of the bed.”
The seller discovered the 1950 Buick wrecker in a collection years ago in California. Since the purchase, it has been stored until