It’s one thing to modify a vehicle and create a totally outrageous – sometimes unrecognizable – custom car, but sometimes more impressive are the builds with nearly unnoticeable modifications, allowing the car to retain its classic look with recognizable lines.
The Buick Y-Job, considered to be the first futuristic concept car, is the latest vehicle selected by the Historic Vehicle Association for inclusion in the National Historic Vehicle Register.
The car, designed Harley Earl and his General Motors Styling team, joins such vehicles as the New York-to-Paris winning Thomas Flyer, the first Meyers Manx dune buggy and the GM Futurliner in the register, a project being done in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Historic American Engineering Record and the archives of the Library of Congress. Continue reading
Mecum Auctions returns to Denver for the second year with an expected 700 mostly American collector cars in the Colorado Convention Center for the July 8-9 sale. Mecum’s inaugural Denver sale scored $12 million in total sales with 396 cars sold for a 66 percent sell-through rate last year. Continue reading
Things for Buick in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s were much like they are now. The company had a good-sized audience for their cars but that audience was aging out pretty fast. Buick realized the problem and knew they needed a car to attract younger drivers to the Buick brand.
The company was not rolling in money at the time and looked at how they might use the existing GM parts stores to create a car that would appeal to the younger audience. Enter the Buick Regal Grand National. Continue reading
Cruising weather has arrived for most parts of the U.S. and a big, brash mid-century convertible loaded with chrome seems like just the antidote to the mundane.
The Pick of the Day is a 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible in what appears to be nicely restored condition, blue with a white-vinyl interior, that could transport you and a gaggle of friends on a pleasure drive in head-turning style. Continue reading
‘Big as a Buick” was an expression that came to mind as I looked over the handsome blue 1934 Buick 96 convertible sedan parked near the marina at San Fernandina Beach, Florida. Fresh from restoration and owned by famed jeweler Nicola Bulgari, the grand classic car looked every bit like a precious gem glinting in the sunlight.
The following day, the magnificent dowager would take her place among the rest of the automotive finery at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. But on this day, I was expected to get behind the broad steering wheel and pilot her down the coastline. Continue reading
Though not quite a long as its big brother, the Buick Electra stretched out 221.2 inches for the 1960 model year. Only the Electra 225 — which took its name from its length in inches — was longer, and 1960 was the last year these cars would span such distances. In 1961, Buicks were trimmed down, with both versions of the Electra a mere 219 inches in length.
Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.
Created to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Skylark joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta and Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as the top-of-the-line, limited-production specialty convertibles introduced for the 1953 model year as part of General Motors promotion of its leadership in design. Of the three, Buick proved to be most successful, in part because of its less expensive price tag.
For the 1956 model year, Buick built 13,770 four-door station wagons, including some 4,545 upscale versions of what was known as the Estate Wagon. This is one of the survivors, and the North Chicago classic car dealership offering it for sale says it’s a two-owner original with only 54,035 miles on its odometer. Continue reading
Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.
Buick has always had a stodgy image of being the car your grandmother drove, but in 1970 it set out to change all that with the debut of the GSX, a car that put Buick on the performance map next to the likes of the Chevrolet’s Chevelle and Pontiac’s GTO Judge, thanks in part to General Motors pulling a long-standing corporation-wide restrictions on engine displacement.