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.
In the late 1980s, Chevrolet had its Corvette, Cadillac had its Allante, Pontiac had its Fiero and Buick had its Reatta (interesting, in retrospect, that Oldsmobile didn’t have a two-seater).
Buick unveiled its two-seat coupe in January 1988 at the Los Angeles auto show. The Reatta featured rounded if stubby styling, a luxurious interior and a surprising amount of storage room in locked bins behind the two seats and in the trunk. Continue reading
Priced at $11,800 or best offer, the Pick of the Day is a 1963 Buick Skylark convertible that might be a nice starter car for someone looking to get into the classic car hobby.
The Skylark, or Series 4300 in Buick terminology, was launched as a 1962 model and available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. It was little changed for the ’63 model year, when it gained full-length body-side moldings with Buick logos on the grille and on the rear between the tail lamps. Convertibles, which comprised about one quarter of Skylark production, came with vinyl interior, which was optional on the hardtop. Continue reading
Hardtops were all the rage in the 1950s, with designers topping big cars with stylish pillarless rooflines that looked both graceful and sporty. Most were two-door hardtops, but there were some great four-door sedans and even an occasional station wagon that received the wide-open treatment.
The Pick of the Day is a sharp-looking four-door hardtop, a 1957 Buick Special presented by the seller as a fully-restored, low-mileage car with all the trimmings. The shapely roofline accentuates the sculptural body lines, while the four-door configuration looks well-integrated. Continue reading
I bought my 1964 Buick Riviera in 2012. The owner told me the car was purchased new by his aunt and uncle in Glendale, California. He told me his uncle died one year later and that his aunt parked the car in her garage where it remained until 1995. He went to California and brought the car to Texas, where he began restoring it.
The odometer showed 27,000 miles at the time. The engine would not turn over, the tires were rotten, and the headliner was sagging. Continue reading
The Pick of the Day is a rare old-timer in apparently great condition that presents the opportunity to get into a real vintage head-turner from the Roaring ’20s for a reasonable price.
While the Buick Regal might seem all-American, it’s actually a German car, an Opel Insignia to be exact. That’s a good thing since Regal gains the refinement and surefootedness of the European brand and translates it for U.S. drivers.
Too bad an unexpected problem marred my test drive. But more on that later. Continue reading