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Dustin Hoffman sells his Buick Roadmaster “Rain Man”

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Dustin Hoffman sells his Buick Roadmaster “Rain Man”

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“Certainly know this car, it’s a 1949 Buick Roadmaster inline eight, fireball eight. Only 8095 production models.”

The 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible has an inline-eight engine.
(Bonhams)

The Buick Roadmaster featured in “Rain Man” is as famous as Oscar-winning road trip stars Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and two of them have spent the past 34 years together.

After filming was completed, Hoffman purchased one of two identical Buicks used during production and has kept it ever since.

Dustin Hoffman sells his Buick Roadmaster “Rain Man”

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Hoffman’s Roadmaster was one of two used during the making of “Rain Man”.
(Bonhams)

The cream-colored convertible is fully restored and powered by a 320 cubic-inch inline-eight engine, just like Hoffman’s character, Raymond Babbit, portrayed in the film.

Hoffman has now decided to put it up for auction at the next Bonhams event in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 27.

Dustin Hoffman sells his Buick Roadmaster “Rain Man”

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The car has been completely restored.
(Bonhams)

“The Buick has been in storage for far too long,” Hoffman said in a statement about the sale, “it should be driven, enjoyed and cherished.”

Bonhams estimates its value at $150,000 to $250,000, which is a little higher than an identical car without the celebrity connection, but could turn out to be much lower than what it is selling for, once the call for tenders launched.

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The other car used on screen is currently owned by the film’s director, Barry Levinson, and makes occasional appearances at car shows, but isn’t available for purchase…yet.

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