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    The Wide Variety of Buick Dashboard Designs

    A friend captured a better photo of the instrument panel of my 1959 Electra.
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    Oliver Buick Co. in Pontiac, Michigan.
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    Help Identifiying and Looking for a 1960 Wagon

    This was true for both 1959 and 1960. Here is a 1960 Invicta Estate Wagon. (This one happens to be an Invicta Custom with the leather bucket seat interior.) Note the bright stainless trim along the roof rail.
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    1965 Buick Wildcat GS

    Wolfstar, I have owned two 1965 Buick Wildcat 2-door hardtops. There were three different model numbers produced, with the difference among them being the interior trim: 6237 - Wildcat 6437 - Wildcat Deluxe 6637 - Wildcat Custom Your car is the Wildcat Deluxe, with an interior that was the same as that of a LeSabre Custom. Your car does have the bucket seat option, which was not particularly common on the Wildcat Deluxe. The car is equipped with the short, non-operating console. The console style is often referred to as the "ironing board" console, and was phased out during the course of the 1965 model. As others have said, no Wildcat GS was offered or built for the 1965 model year. Regardless, your car is beautiful. I love it.
  5. During recent decades, the move to "auto malls" and the trend toward modern, multi-line dealerships has resulted in the closure and demolition of hundreds of old Buick dealerships. The transition to modern dealership structures and uniform signage may be a necessary part of doing business today, but it is sad to me to see this part of auto industry history disappear. I was reminded today of the great architectural styles of decades past, when a friend of mine sent a link to this image on an old linen postcard. I cannot make out the name of the dealership, nor can I determine the location. There is one long-time dealership in my area that has bucked GM's call for uniform signage and removal of its historic signs. I hope to get over there for some photos to post here.
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    We had a professional photographer along for our recent thousand mile cruise to my old hometown in Eastern Oregon, and here are some of my favorite Buick images from the weekend: 1) and 2): My '59 Electra 3): John Courter's '56 Century at the Eltrym Theater (Eltrym = Myrtle spelled backwards. Mytrle was the first owner's wife's name.) 4): Roger Bourml's '64 Riviera near the Old Oregon Trail, on his return trip from the BCA Nationals in Denver 5): Chuck & Karla Russell's '53 Special and John Courter's '56 Century at the Baker Garage -- 105-yr. old Buick dealership
  7. 1972 Buick Electra 225 Custom Limited coupe For Sale by member of the Buick Club of America. Located in the Columbus, Ohio area. This is not my car and I am not a dealer. Fire Red with black vinyl roof and Sandalwood Limited interior trim in Kismet Cloth and Madrid Grain Vinyl. Rust-free original car with about 48,500 miles on the odometer. Heavily optioned with A/C, 60/40 seats with 6-way power on both sides, factory dual exhausts, automatic level control, tilt, cruise, power windows, power door locks, AM/FM Stereo with tape, etc. A two-page listing of the options is included in the images here. Nearly 38,000 '72 Electra 225 Custom coupes were built for '72, and only 493 were built in Fire Red. The car is fully documented, including name and address of the original selling dealership, the original buyer, and the date of delivery to the original buyer. The asking price is $4,500 or best offer. The car runs and drives, but has not been driven regularly for several years, so it will require mechanical attention. A mouse had chewed on the wiring harness in the engine compartment. A portion of this has been reconnected, but the owner has lacked time to work on it further. The owner's goal is to sell the car at a very reasonable price, allowing a serious buyer to address any remaining mechanical / electrical issues and get this car back into service. I think that this is a remarkable opportunity, and urge any members seeking an Electra 225 of this period to carefully consider this car. If you are a serious buyer, please send me a private message, and I will place you in contact with the seller, who is a very credible Buick enthusiast.
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    1972 Buick Electra 225 Limited coupe (SOLD)

    Fantastic, Tom! Looking forward to hearing about your ownership of this great Buick!
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    1972 Buick Electra 225 Limited coupe (SOLD)

    This fine Buick has been sold. Congratulations to the new owner!
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    1972 Buick Electra 225 Limited coupe (SOLD)

    Just to clarify, this is a running / driving car.
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    1972 Buick Electra 225 Limited coupe (SOLD)

    "Covert" is tan or Sandalwood. The car's interior is original.
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    1972 Buick Electra 225 Limited coupe (SOLD)

    John, the car is original, so this is how it was finished from the factory.
  13. You might point out to the hotel that it is less than 365 days in advance! The meet is in June. Perhaps the hotel was thinking that you said "July".
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    The Wide Variety of Buick Dashboard Designs

    Absolutely! I love the silky smooth Triple Turbine!
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    The Wide Variety of Buick Dashboard Designs

    My 1959 Electra:
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    A Surprise in the Mail Today...

    Fantastic, Tom, and congratulations! Your articles were excellent, and I'm thankful that you have received this recognition.
  17. Have just returned from a thousand mile 4-day cruise in the 1959 Buick Electra, leading ten friends on a driving tour to my old Oregon hometown. I loved every moment of our time on the road.
  18. I was excited to see the fine article about Brian's car and restoration effort in the newly arrived issue, and look forward to seeing the continuation of the story next month. https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hcc/2018/08/Roadmaster-Reborn---1938-Roadmaster-Sport-Phaeton/3751905.html I love it when we all have opportunity to see these majestic Buicks featured in the national automotive publications.
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    Meet photos from Denver

    Fantastic photos! Thank you so much for posting the link.
  20. Thanks for giving me a sense of urgency. I've just made my reservation.
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    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!
  24. 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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    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.