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  1. Centurion

    Will the new wagon survive?

    Reviews of the Regal TourX have been generally positive. GM has some great products, but the company consistently fails in its marketing. Industry analysts have been writing for years that it is inexcusable for General Motors to lack a Chief Marketing Officer. The absence of proper marketing limits the ability of cars like the TourX to succeed in the marketplace.
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    Yes, Brian DePouli, the Christmas display photo was indeed at the old Mueller Harkins Buick building on Broadway in Tacoma!
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    1938 Buick Series 90 with French coachwork

    Excellent photos, Don!
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    1938 Buick Series 90 with French coachwork

    The Franay-bodied town car is, according to my notes, built on the Roadmaster chassis. Part of what makes this Binder-bodied town car so impressive is its use of the longer Series 90 Limited chassis.
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    1938 Buick Series 90 with French coachwork

    Thank you, Pete. This is indeed the same car. And I connected on another forum with an individual who inspected the car with hopes of buying. He has confirmed that the car has a Binder body.
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    1938 Buick Series 90 with French coachwork

    Thank you, nzcarnerd, this is very helpful! I'm curious whether others here might have seen this car when it received its BCA Senior award? Clearly, a very special car, and one that would be fascinating to learn more about.
  7. I noticed this 1938 Limited offered on Hemmings, and quickly realized that it's one that I had not previously seen. The car has evidently received a BCA Senior award during the past. I'm curious whether anyone here is familiar with the car and knows which French coach builder constructed this car's body. Does anyone know more about this one? I would love to know this Buick's story.
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    1971 LeSabre production numbers question

    Let me clarify further. The Sloan does not have information about individual cars built for 1971, unlike 1972 and other years. But the kind of option and color production numbers requested in the original post IS available. I have this exact information for the 1971 Centurions, obtained from the Sloan. It is simply a matter of requesting the same information for the 1971 LeSabres. Ask for the Daily Production Reports for the 1971 LeSabres.
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    1971 LeSabre production numbers question

    This information is indeed available for the 1971 LeSabres from the Sloan Museum, Buick Gallery and Research Center. If you request the daily production reports, you can obtain the figures for the cars produced in specific colors and equipped with individual options. It is not, however, possible to determine how many were produced in, say, Twilight Turquoise AND having the 455 engine option AND having power seats. It is simply possible to know how many LeSabre Custom sedans were finished in Twilight Turquoise, how many were equipped with the 455 engine option, and how many had the power seat option.
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    1959 Electra 225 convertible

    olstyle, the Electra 225 convertibles shared their body panels with the regular Electra 2-door hardtop, but there are many parts that will interchange among all series. Hoods and front fenders will interchange among all '59 Buicks. Doors will interchange among all 2-door hardtops and convertibles. Trunk lids will interchange among all '59 Buicks. (But I would confirm the length, just in case the Electra 225 4-door hardtops have longer trunk lids to match their longer rear decks. The extra length of your Electra 225 convertible is in that portion of the rear quarter panel between the door and the rear wheel opening, so the rear quarter window frame and glass is unique to the Electra 225 convertible, but is, as I understand it, the same as that used on Cadillac and Olds Ninety Eight. I hope that this helps.
  11. Jason, I'm not an expert on these, but this was a popular aftermarket accessory for the 1949 Buicks. In many cases, these were dealer-installed, boosting the dealers' profits on new car sales. The most popular manufacturer of these was a Detroit company called "Van Auken", but I believe that there were additional companies offering a similar product. This link includes information regarding the original patent obtained by Charles Van Auken in 1940: https://patents.google.com/patent/US2281215A/en
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    1961 Buick LeSabre Estate Wagon (Not Mine)

    Yes, so, while this is, in my estimation, a very desirable car, the rust makes it a bigger project than I could want or afford to take on.
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    1961 Buick LeSabre Estate Wagon (Not Mine)

    While all of the full-size wagons were Invictas in 1962 and 1963, the sole full-size 1961 wagon was in the LeSabre series. And, in fact, the LeSabre nameplate appears on the tail gate of the wagon currently offered for sale. But the discussion of wagon interiors from the 1961 Buick prestige brochure has answered my question. While an all-vinyl interior was standard in the Estate Wagon, a custom interior option was available in the two-seat wagon. The "Braeburn Cloth" and vinyl interior is the same as that used in the Invicta series cars.
  14. This one got my imagination running today, and, if I had limitless funds, I'd be all over it. But what struck me about this almost-never-seen model is that it appears to have a standard Invicta-level interior, which I had not believed to be available in any '61 LeSabre, including the Estate Wagon. I'm wondering what Buick and Ionia Body Mfg. might have been willing to build as a special order for a '61 Estate Wagon customer. Any thoughts on this one? https://nmi.craigslist.org/bar/d/1961-buick-lesabre-wagon/6542068070.html
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    Buicks to disappear?

    I agree completely, Pete. One of the auto industry analysts that I read weekly is Peter DeLorenzo, whose columns are posted at autoextremist.com. DeLorenzo's father was one of Harlow Curtice's closest advisors, and he has a background in the advertising industry. He is consistently critical of GM's failure to invest in the company's marketing function. GM's refusal to hire a Chief Marketing Officer is viewed as a glaring omission by company management. Product aside, I often think that the folks who have been entrusted with the Buick brand have absolutely no grasp of Buick's place in the market. We know Buick to have a proud heritage, and I could only shake my head at the insulting "That's not a Buick" commercials of the recent past. Is that how the marketing people think they can burnish Buick's brand image? Buick deserves far better than it receives from GM's leadership.