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#1 progoofoff

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:00 PM

After the 1955 Motorama tour, it spent the next 17 years in CA as a driver. Then back to MI and driven two more years. The last 37 years it has been in a warehouse. It has been in the same family since the tour.

Now, in NC and is being disassembled for complete restoration.

One photo shows the original color scheme. The photo was taken for the 1955 Motorama show. . GM required that it be repainted before selling it to an employee.

It has all the factory options and appears to be identical to the 63 series that went into production with the exception of the rear quarters being a bit longer. It has a series designation of 68.

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Edited by progoofoff, 17 October 2010 - 11:08 AM.

`35 - Hudson Terraplane
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super

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#2 buick5563

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 02:24 PM

That is a gorgeous color! I'm looking at this on my phone right now, are those crazy portholes anywhere or am I seeing things?
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#3 progoofoff

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 02:26 PM

crazy portholes

Already removed them
`35 - Hudson Terraplane
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super

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#4 JohnD1956

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 12:25 AM

Whats a "crazy Porthole" look like? Any pics?
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Posted 17 October 2010 - 03:18 AM

Sounds like the beginnings of a Motorama museum in NC....
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:32 AM

Great find!
Would you mind posting the SO # ?
And do you have any info on there being an XP # assigned to the car?
Thanks!

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 02:06 PM

WQ59B

Please explain XP#

Cowl Tag:

STYLE NO. 4631
SHOP ORDER CW 62 5 7 2
Eng Dept NO. 55 68
DATE 10-6-54

VIN #2667341
Engine #I007211

Any help decoding these number is appreciated.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 06:46 AM

'XP-' numbers are General Motors 'eXperimental Production' codes given to special projects, pre-production engineering programs, and the concept cars built over the decades. For example, the Motorama concept car; the 1955 LaSalle II Roadster was XP-34 and SO# 2220.

To my knowledge, there is no comprehensive XP list, even at GM... tho I have a pretty good list going after some years of research. Some well-known concept cars I have been unable to document the XP# for... others seemingly cannot escape theirs.
Also, I believe some SO# cars did NOT get an XP number.... which is why I inquired about your vehicle.

Tho some sources define 'SO' as 'special order'... your car's plate spells it out 'Shop Order' tho, causing me to wonder if that's meaningful or not. I've seen references to other cars with a stamped SO plate, tho to date I've never heard tell of any XP stampings.

To coincide with 1950s numbers, which were in the 19xx - 2xxx range in mid-decade, I wonder if your SO# --if consistent with the other known SO #s-- is '2572', and the 'CW 6' is a prefix with other meaning. Either it is... or a 'Shop Order' & 'Special Order' are 2 different things.

Good luck with your project, Bob!

#9 progoofoff

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 03:13 PM

Some progress, finally

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`35 - Hudson Terraplane
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super

AACA - 5097
BCA - 35775

#10 JohnD1956

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:16 PM

Now that's the way to work on these things.
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Posted 24 February 2011 - 11:38 PM

Now I see the difference in the rear quarter length. Does it have the same trunk lid as the 66R?. Frame differences at the rear? Don't lose the trim for that quarter...probably one of a kind.
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 05:54 PM

Love that original color! Will it be put back that the "burnt orange"?
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#13 progoofoff

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:42 AM

Good eye, Willie. The trunk lid and quarter trim appear to be the same as the 63 series.

When completed, it will have the same color and scheme as it did on day one.

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Edited by progoofoff, 03 March 2011 - 11:52 AM.

`35 - Hudson Terraplane
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super

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BCA - 35775

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 03:18 PM

Progress

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`35 - Hudson Terraplane
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super

AACA - 5097
BCA - 35775

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:11 PM

More progress

It is the true definition of "0" rust.

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`35 - Hudson Terraplane
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super

AACA - 5097
BCA - 35775

#16 progoofoff

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:37 PM

And more progress

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Edited by progoofoff, 12 April 2011 - 11:11 AM.

`35 - Hudson Terraplane
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super

AACA - 5097
BCA - 35775

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:28 PM

Bob, email me the numbers off that engine. The pictures I took that day didn't turn out clear enough

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 06:25 PM

Heck yeah! Talk about a dude who could make it to Danvers.
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:42 AM

No kidding! Mike, we've both been lapped:D

Very nice work...:cool:

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 05:32 PM

Hi Bob,
I don't get on the Buick forums too often although I regularly contribute to the Centurion forum.

I've been meaning to put a post on here because of the amazing cars you own. The Landau is an incredible piece of Buick history that really hasn't received its due recognition and now this incredible '55 Century 4 door hardtop concept car has found its way into your stable.

Something has really made me wonder though. I've noted that it is called a Model 68 and yet a Model 68 already existed in the '55 Buick line-up. That was the Century 2 door sedan that was solely built for the California Highway Patrol and Buick production records show that 270 of them were built.

It seems odd that they would put the same model number on a concept car. I wonder if they actually pulled one of those 2 door sedans and reworked it into a 4 door hardtop? Considering how different the cars are, that seems highly unlikely but it seems equally unlikely that the two totally different cars share the same model number.




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