Buick launched its compact Special sedan for the 1961 model year, and mid-way through the selling season, it added a sport coupe called the Skylark, a name last used by the GM division in 1954. The two-door came with an upgraded, vinyl interior, standard vinyl-covered roof, optional bucket seats, special exterior trim and wheel covers, and unique housings for its tail lights. Continue reading
I was 16 years old when the Riviera first appeared at the local Buick dealership in Redding, California. My brother Pat, my best friend Tom and I would go to the local new car dealerships in town to check the new models.
We checked out the new 409 Chevy impala, the new Ford Mustang, and a red Falcon 4-speed V8 convertible. We finally found our way to the Buick-Pontiac dealer and discovered the new Riviera. Continue reading
Buick launched a new car line for the 1955 model year; Century was the name for what internally was known as the Buick Series 60.
“Buick’s new performance car combining Roadmaster power and the Special’s lighter weight, the Century had a more agile body and shared in the facelift given other 1955 Buicks,” The Standard Catalog of American Cars reported. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love the power and drama of a good, old-fashioned American muscle car? The genre always suggests images of wild racing stripes, ram air hood intakes, fat tires, and an engine bay bursting with a massive V8 engine.
So why are we so smitten with this big brown Buick? It’s definitely no Road Runner when it comes to visual impact – sorry, there is no SubLime green or Go ManGo paint job to be found here. Continue reading
The Buick Riviera debuted in October 1962 to tremendous acclaim, its uniquely beautiful “knife-edge” styling – penned by General Motors stylist Ned Nickle under the legendary GM design director Bill Mitchell – still recognized as a milestone in automotive design (it was officially pronounced so by the Milestone Car Society). Continue reading
My Dad and I bought this in 1984. It was 20 years old and we were only the third owners.
The previous owner used this convertible as a truck. Therefore, there were three inches of pine bark in the back seat and four inches of pine bark in the trunk. Continue reading
Sixty-six years old and apparently ready for a run the length of Route 66, this well-reserved and original 1950 Buick Special sedan is the Pick of the Day.
“This car is amazingly preserved including the original paint and what is believed to be the original seat covers over the mohair upholstery,” the Chicago-based collector car dealership reports in its ad on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading
With a contingent of around 1,000 vehicles ranging from farm tractors to muscle cars, Mecum’s sixth annual Dallas auction seems to fulfill the “something for everyone” credo that animates its nationwide sales.
The auction starts Wednesday with the sale of 130 cars from the Ron Whorter Collection, most of them at no reserve. The Ruidoso, New Mexico, real-estate developer has compiled an enviable trove of desirable cars that heavily favors Chevrolet Corvettes but also includes some fantastic street rods, muscle cars and American classics, including pre-war models. Continue reading
Here’s another rare survivor for Pick of the Day, a 1939 Buick 46 S with just 54,616 miles on its odometer. The stylish sport coupe is also an example of the graceful design trend that started toward the end of the 1930s, a brief pinnacle cut short by the advent of war. Continue reading
I’m told that Avenir is the French word for “future.” So, how long into the future will it be before we see an Avenir at a collector car auction?
Oh, in case you had not heard, Avenir is a new General Motors’ sub-brand, the “highest expression of Buick luxury.” Continue reading