Pick of the Day: 1950 Buick Special

1950 Buick Special is original and unrestored, and has traveled only 23,000 miles since new
1950 Buick Special is original and unrestored, and has traveled only 23,000 miles since new

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

Mecum rolling into Dallas with four-day, 1,000-vehicle auction

A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of  the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions
A 1960 Chevy Corvette roadster is part of the Ron Whorter Collection | Mecum Auctions photos

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

Pick of the day: 1939 Buick 46 S sport coupe

The Buick shows just over 54,000 miles on its odometer
The Buick shows fewer than 55,000 miles on its odometer

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

Commentary: I thought Buick already had a great nameplate

Buick selects Avenir as its new and highest expression of luxury sub-brand | Buick photo
Buick selects Avenir as its new and highest expression of luxury sub-brand | Buick photo

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

‘Affordable’ luxury cars doing well in the market, says Hagerty

1973 Buick Riviera: It's value is outpacing the typical car in the collector car marketplace
1973 Buick Riviera: It’s value is outpacing the typical car in the collector car marketplace

This summer, Hagerty introduced a new tool for those interesting in the classic car marketplace, launching the Hagerty Vehicle Rating, which the insurance and vehicle value-tracking company designed to show if specific vehicles are keeping pace with the market or are falling behind. Higher scores indicate a vehicle’s value is moving ahead of the market.

In the initial bimonthly report in July, “modern classics” were the strongest segment. But for September, “affordable luxury” has emerged, and Hagerty notes that most of the highest-scoring cars listed can be found for less than $20,000. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1953 Buick Super Riviera

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1953 Buick Super Riviera

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.

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The original concept car, GM’s Y-Job, joins historic register

Buick Y-Job is considered the first concept car displayed by a major automaker | HVA photos
Buick Y-Job is considered the first concept car displayed by a major automaker | HVA photos

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 returns to Denver rippling with American muscle

The 1970 Buick GSX is a multiple award winner
The 1970 Buick GSX is a multiple award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

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

Pick of the Day: 1985 Buick Grand National

The Buick Grand National targeted younger drivers with its strong performance
The Buick Grand National targeted younger drivers with its strong performance

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

Pick of the Day: 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible

The 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible would be the perfect parade car
The 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible would be the perfect parade car

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