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Better One Wrecker Than Two Wrecks: the Origin of the HFOD Roadmaster Wrecker

Posted May 03, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl

That didn't take long. Just a day after we featured an unusual 1950 Buick Roadmaster-turned-wrecker as our Hemmings Find of the Day - and in turn touched off a mile of speculation about the car's origins - we heard from the seller, who heard from the son of the car's original builder, who filled us in on how the Buick got its boom.

Harper Honea and Clark Burr were a couple of friends who often worked together in the town of Susanville, California, so when Burr decided to go into business as a Buick dealer in 1948, he enlisted Honea's help in building the dealership on Susanville's Main Street.

It wasn't a big Buick dealership - the two of them alone apparently did all the construction work on the building, and Honea was the dealership's only full-time mechanic.

How this Buick went from grocery-getter to impromptu tow truck.

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