1957 Buick Ambulance

Converting a popular model automobile into an ambulance was a typical job for the National Body Manufacturing Company. Although the company regularly modified Chevrolets and Pontiacs, it was less common to find an altered Buick. Fabricated and sold at a higher price, this 1957 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop Coupe was modified by National at a cost of $7,000. Why a Buick and not a Chevy, which would have been cheaper? Style, of course.

Interestingly, a 6-passenger Super sedan was chosen as a starting point for this ambulance modification over a Buick station wagon. Because of this, this Super reflects a large amount of custom work: it has a higher roof than a factory Buick, an extended wooden floor in the rear, and a completely custom rear door.


Year: 1957
Make: Buick
Model: Super Riviera Hardtop - Ambulance modification
Engine: 364 CID V-8
Horsepower: 15-21
Weight: 4,271 lbs
Factory Price: $3,536
Base Price: $7,000 with ambulance modification
Units Produced: 26,529
Base Model: Unknown with ambulance modification.

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