Pick of the Day: 1960 Buick Electra

This Buick Electra was shown in the big screen in JFK movie
This Buick Electra was shown in the big screen in JFK movie

Editor’s note: Pick of the Day will be on hiatus during Monterey Car Week and will resume August 22

Although the asking price on the Pick of the Day, a 1960 Buick Electra, is only $9,000, the private seller says the car isn’t merely for sale.

“I’m downsizing and am ‘interviewing’ to find the next caregiver for my delta-finned classic,” the seller notes in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Another unique slate of special classes for Amelia Island Concours

The BeatNik Bandit custom roadster was Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth's most memeorable creation | Amelia Island Concours photos
The Beatnik Bandit custom roadster was Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s most memeorable creation | Amelia Island Concours photos

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida is well-known for its imaginative and sometimes quirky special classes – Cars of the Cowboys, Beach Cars, and Orphan Concept Cars come to mind – and the lineup for March 2018 stays true to form.

Eleven special classes have been revealed by the concours for its 2018 show, most of them featuring classic era, sports cars and motorsports icons. But the organizers, led by founder and chairman Bill Warner, always have a few unexpected themes thrown into the mix. Continue reading

Buick passion kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts

A 1948 Buick Super coupe and a 1933 panel delivery at the Buick meet | William Hall photos
A 1948 Buick Super coupe and a 1933 panel delivery at the Buick meet | William Hall photos

Just about all of us knew a nice old lady or fellow who lived down the street with a well-kept classic Buick. Now imagine if all of those ladies and gentlemen decided to converge on one spot at the same time every year. Well, then you would have the Buick Club of America’s National Meet.

This year’s 51st annual Buick meet brought about 360 registered Buicks of all years to Brookfield, Wisconsin, for a mid-summer convention held from July 5-8. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1947 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette

The Buick looks correct in its original paint hue and wide whitewalls
The Buick looks correct in its original paint hue and wide whitewalls

For some reason, Buicks are among the best values across the classic American car market. Why this is the case continually baffles me. Buick introduced many revolutionary firsts in the U.S. auto industry, including the overhear-valve engine, the straight-8 engine, the synchromesh manual transmission and the dynaflow automatic transmission.

Buick was innovative throughout its history, but somehow people have forgotten this. Heck, the first concept car built in this country, Harley J. Earl’s innovative 1938 Y-Job, was a Buick. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Buick Skylark convertible

1962 Buick Skylark had V8 power
1962 Buick Skylark had V8 power

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

My Classic Car: John ’s 1964 Buick Riviera

The '64 Riv is a great weekend driver | John Loghry photos
The ’64 Riv is a great weekend driver | John Loghry photos

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

Pick of the Day: 1955 Buick Century

Century was a new Buick model for 1955
Century was a new Buick model for 1955

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

Driven: 1970 Buick Electra 225 Custom Limited Sport Coupe

1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos
1970 Buick Electra 225 is a muscle machine minus the machismo | Nick Kurczewski photos

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

Pick of the Day: 1963 Buick Riviera

The Buick Riviera is in remarkably good original condition, the dealer says
The Buick Riviera appears to be in remarkably good original condition

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 Classic Car: Derek and Dad’s 1964 Buick Skylark convertible

Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark
Previous owner used this convertible as a pickup truck for hauling pine bark

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