Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have A Buick?

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:


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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:


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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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What Do You Think?


A great post on Hemmings yesterday followed by the usual interesting set of informed comments. Posts like this and the comments that follow are the main reasons I read Hemmings.

The new CCCA president wants to welcome younger members, but is not in favor of changing the time period of cars that qualify for inclusion. The most recent cars that qualify were built in 1948. I think I’m old, but even I wasn’t born in 1948. As I have mentioned before, almost all of us suffer from some form of temporal arrogance. Many people believe that things that happened before they were born are not important. I disagree, of course, but it’s an understandable belief. In my opinion, if the CCCA (Classic Car Club of America, by the way) won’t change the time period of inclusion then it will become less and less relevant as time passes.

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From conceptcarz.com a picture of a 1941 Lincoln Continental. I think this is a classic car and a beautiful car, but so is this:

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From commons.wikimedia.org a picture of a 1953 Buick Skylark. To me, this is almost the definition of an American classic car, but is too new for the CCCA.

What do you think?