I am such a big fan of this “Street Cruiser” category, and especially station wagons, so when I saw a rusty ’55 Buick wagon for sale online, I thought it would be great candidate for this exercise in creativity.
She’s kind of an ugly duckling, but I think with a couple changes it could definitely be a street cruiser. The ’55 wagon had squared-off rear wheel openings, but in 1956 they made it look better by adding a radiused wheel opening where the side trim flowed right around it. So I drew the ’56 quarters and rear doors on this ’55. The ’57 Buick wagon is one of my favorites and I thought it would be cool to pull a little of that side-window hardtop profile into this ’55 to take away the “ambulance” look the ’55 roof seems to have. I am not suggesting using anything off a ’57, but with some creative metalwork and some custom-made side glass this could be pulled off.
For colors, I was thinking a deep, rich avocado metallic with a green ice two-tone. As far as wheels, I think this big hauler would look right with big-diameter billets; I could even see it with a steelie/wide-white combo. I am one of those who enjoys seeing big old Buicks with Buick engines, so I would search out a 401 or 425 Nailhead to keep the appropriate look but significantly increase the horsepower over the stock ’55 lump. Have some fun with the interior; this is a street cruiser so keep it durable and inviting to your whole crew. Consider looking at incorporating vintage ’50s-style fabric inserts in the seats and/or door panels. I think the biggest investment in this cruiser would be having the front bumper rechromed … but it certainly would be worth it!