'Rain Man' Buick Coming to Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Rain Man Buick - H 2015
Courtesy of Amelia Island Concourse d'Elegance

The '49 Roadmaster convertible from the Academy Award-winning 1988 movie was restored for the film's director and current owner, Barry Levinson.

The 1949 Buick Roadmaster that transported Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise across the country in Barry Levinson's 1988 classic Rain Man will be on display to the public at the Amelia Island Concourse d'Elegance, set to be held March 11-13 at the Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Fla.

The Sequoia Cream Roadmaster with red leather interior, one of three procured for the film, was recently restored for Levinson, its current owner, by Wayne Carini, star of the Velocity Channel's Chasing Classic Cars series. 

In the pic, Cruise and Hoffman play estranged brothers reunited after their father dies and leaves his beloved Roadmaster to Cruise's character, Charlie Babbitt. Hoffman won a best actor Oscar for his portrayal Raymond Babbitt, an autistic savant.

According to the movie's production notes, Levinson chose the Roadmaster, with its "pipe organ" grille and art deco styling, because "there's just something very classic about it," he said.
With only 8,000 1949 Roadmasters produced, the filmmakers scoured the country before finding three that were in good enough condition to film. The car eventually restored by Levinson had its rear suspension modified to accommodate the extra weight of a camera rig and cameraman, who filmed Hoffman and Cruise from the trunk.