Pick of the Day: 1990 Buick Reatta convertible

The convertible was a new version of the Buick Reatta for the 1990 model year
The convertible was a new version of the Buick Reatta for the 1990 model year

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

Pick of the Day: 1963 Buick Skylark convertible

1963 was second year for Buick's new Skylark model
1963 was second year for Buick’s new Skylark model

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

Pick of the Day: 1957 Buick Special four-door hardtop

The 1957 Buick Special sparkles among fall foliage
The 1957 Buick Special sparkles amidst fall foliage

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

My Classic Car: John’s 1964 Buick Riviera

1964 Buick is a work in progress for a grandson | John Loghry photos
1964 Buick is a work in progress for a grandson | John Loghry photos

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

Pick of the Day: 1928 Buick Master Six sedan

This handsome vintage Buick luxury sedan is being offered at a bargain price
This handsome vintage Buick luxury sedan is being offered at a bargain price

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.

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Driven: 2015 Buick Regal with eAssist

Regal’s styling looks rich and modern | Buick
Regal’s styling looks rich and modern | Buick photos

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

’57 Buick, ’58 Bonneville set pace at American classic car auction in Germany

1957 Buick Special convertible brings $52,100 at online auction | Auctionata photos
1957 Buick Special convertible brings $52,100 at online auction | Auctionata photos

German online auction house Auctionata wanted to do something unique, so it staged a sale including only 1950s and ’60s American cars.

“This era of American automobile history stands for roaring engines, tailfins, and chrome on each trim,” the company said in announcing the sale held earlier this week. “With the auction ‘Classic Cars — U.S. Cars Collection,’ Auctionata revives the spirit of the fifties and sixties.” Continue reading

My Classic Car: Arnold’s grandfather’s 1965 Buick Riviera

This Riviera reminds me of grandfather's | photos submitted by Arnold Slater
This Riviera reminds me of grandfather’s | photos submitted by Arnold Slater

My grandfather was a prominent chiropractor in the Washington D.C. area. He was very successful. He had the best of everything. He loved his cars.

My favorite of his cars was a big black 1965 Buick Riviera. It had black leather interior with “wood” paneling and chrome fixtures. It was beautiful! Continue reading

My Classic Car: Mike’s 1956 Buick Special

Mike's Buick was red and white
Mike’s Buick was red and white

I had owned a 1956 Buick Special when I was sophomore in college. It was a slick car and I kept it until my senior year.

I wish I never sold it and I am looking to find it again, but I do not know where to start. If I can’t find the same car, I would like to find to buy one like it.

My 1956 Buick Special was two-tone red and white and red inside, and in immaculate condition. It looked like new. (The car in the photos isn’t mine, but it reminds me of mine.)

I parked it on the hill on a paved street in front of the boys dorm. The next building was the girls dorm and the most beautiful girls on the campus would come asking me for the keys.

I gave them the keys without any hesitation. They would go to the hamburger stand near the campus. People would ask me how many girl friends I had, and who the pretty blonde who was driving my car?

This car always bring me good memories during my youth in college. I really want to find and restore it.

Mike Rubaly, Beaumont TX

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson: 1953 Buick Roadmaster

1953 Buick Roadmaster
1953 Buick Roadmaster formerly owned by Howard Hughes heads to auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection

Editor’s note: This is the first in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January.

This historic 1953 Buick Roadmaster four-door sedan (Lot #2503) was personally customized for 20th century Renaissance man Howard Hughes. One of his prized possessions, Hughes drove the car while he stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Hollywood, utilizing the car as his own mobile office.

Huges installed a special air conditioning and filtration system in the trunk
Hughes installed a special air conditioning and filtration system in the trunk

An aviation enthusiast and aerospace engineer, Hughes directed the Roadmaster’s modifications to conform to his eccentric demands and idiosyncrasies.

Among his modifications is a full 24-volt aircraft electrical system in conjunction with the factory 12-volt system, allowing him the ability to personally jumpstart his airplane as he traveled undetected. The electrical system also features a trunk-mounted air conditioning unit that is fully operable separate from the engine. In line with Hughes’ germ obsession, the air system was designed to first flow through a dust trap and bacterial filter.

The Buick Roadmaster also was the last car that Hughes drove.

Interior is as it was when Hughes owned the car
Interior is as it was when Hughes owned the car

Stored on blocks for 20 years in Hollywood, this piece of history has only 5,339 miles on its odometer.

The exterior is 100-percent original with factory Pastel Blue paint and a Seafoam Green top. All interior appointments are reported to be in perfect condition, complete with blue wool, broadcloth and nylon.

The ’53 Buick Roadmaster four-door sedan is scheduled to cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

The Ron Pratte Collection will begin being auctioned with automobilia from Saturday, January 10 at 9 a.m. (MST_ through Tuesday, January 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 Saturday, January 17.