If 365 Days of Motoring is correct, then on this day in 1904 the first production Buick was sold to Dr. Herbert H Hills (H Cubed!) of Flint, Michigan. Buick was the first automobile manufacturer, as opposed to tinkerer, to use an overhead valve (OHV) configuration in its engines.
As almost everyone reading this knows, my personal automotive history began with a Buick, my father’s 1956 Century. From momentcar.com a picture of such a car:
I will not re-tell the story of my first drive in the car, etc. Trim like the famous Buick Sweep Spear is considered superfluous today and adds weight to cars affecting their fuel efficiency. If you think the weight of trim is not significant consider that Chevrolet/GM changed non-carbon fiber body panels on the Corvette beginning in 2016 so they could save 20 pounds of weight per car, an amount less than one percent of the total weight.
Of course, preserving the looks of cars like these is one reason why restomodding has become popular. How popular? The famous Bloomington Gold Corvette event has added a Restomod category to their judging portfolio.
Back to Buick…everyone reading this post knows of my affinity for the 1963-65 Riviera, a member of Ultimate Garage 2.0, as well as for the Reatta and the Grand National. However, I am also a fan of the looks of many of the postwar Buicks, like this:
From Hemmings a picture of a 1953 Buick Skylark, which is an absolutely stunning car, in my opinion. In the appropriate setting nothing looks as good as a set of wire wheels. In the event my wonderful wife and I buy a 2000-02 Eldorado after/if we move, I would love to add a good set of wire wheels to it.
That’s all for today, folks.
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