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  1. Joe was a fine man, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting at the Buick Centennial in 2003. I found him to be a tremendous help as I sought additional information regarding that once-in-a-lifetime event. Joe was absolutely one of the guys who made the BCA a great organization.
  2. I have listened to a presentation by his daughter, who lives in my area. Quite certain it is pronounced like "Shane".
  3. Regarding your question about why a collector would spend the money and install an Autronic-Eye or Guide-Matic on his Buick, I will note that I located an original Autronic-Eye set-up from a '59 Buick to install in my '59 Electra. There are some companies out there that specialize in rebuilding these units. For me, I am not particularly concerned about whether it works properly. I love the look of the photo unit that sits atop the dash. They make me think of some sort of miniature flying saucer!
  4. Some of the items in these images may have been sold already. It would be best to contact Robert or Cory at the e-mail addresses indicated to obtain specific photos and details.
  5. Springfield Motors Buick was among the final thirty standalone Buick dealerships remaining in the USA. The dealership has closed this fall after seventy years in business. Robert Scherer, whose father founded the business, is liquidating his remaining inventory of parts and literature. The building is on the National Historic Register, and none of the signs or fixtures are offered for sale. Please contact Robert Scherer at robert@springfieldbuick.com or Cory at cory@springfieldbuick.com to inquire and purchase any of the currently available items below: Early 1950 door skin $200 1955 Left fender – 3 holes $200 2 Body skins $50/not complete 1955 Left fender $200 Numerous 1950 bumper skins $25 each Numerous 1950 trim molding $20 each Door skin in original package $200 NADA used car guide books – 1955-1957 $10 each Numerous owners’ manuals- 1960’s & 1970’s $20 each Chilton service manuals – 1949,1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 $35 each 1992 GM parts department guide book $10 1985 LeSabre limited collector’s editions owner’s manuals (3) $25 ea. 1950’s & 1960’s Owners guides $25 each 1984 Limited edition Olympic lapel pins – framed $200 1970’s Buick mission statement – framed $25 Fisher body service manual – 1958,1960,1962,1967,1969,1970 & 1976 Numerous Buick & Opel chassis & service manuals – 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990 Manuals pre 60’s $35, 60’s $25, 70’s $20, 80’s $10 ea. Product selling manuals – 1978, 2001- present $20 each Metal framed 1985 pictures (6) $50 for all 1975 Buick framed declaration $25 1996 – present Buick product catalogs – 26”X 14”$10 each Buick brochures – 1970 – present, pre 50’s $50, 50’s $50, 60’s $30, 70’s $10, 80’s & 90’s free Buick Interior/exterior trim selections – poster board – 1997 Buick feature center in original box with tapes – 1972, 1973, 1978, 1980 models $200 for the set Essential tool – J-2197 pinion setting gauge in wooden box $200 Vermont Tap & dye set in wooden box $200 Barrett B-35 brake drum lathe – US stock #40-L-10 in trunk $500 Car brochures – 1951, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1986, miscellaneous no year listed AC Delco Battery Sign Circus 1980 $25 Buick Product Information Stand $100 Bell & Howell Microfish Reader $25 Buick Shop Manuals By Models $10 each Never Used Buick Wheel Covers 1970’s & 1980’s Box for $50
  6. I love these cars -- both the final generation (1997 - 2005) and the prior generation (1991 - 1996). I believe that demand for these cars will grow over time. Even as "cheap wheels" used cars, though, they developed a strong following. The local Buick dealer told me in about 2013 that he could sell older Park Avenues and LeSabres all day long. (This is on the West Coast where the Asian brands dominate.) As such, many of them have been used up. I drive a beautiful '96 Riviera (Light Jadestone) every day, and passed 161,000-miles yesterday. Fabulous car. And my wife loves her beautiful 2005 LeSabre, so I'm a great proponent of the 3800-powered Buicks built from 1988 - 2005. I have been monitoring an elderly couple with a gorgeous 2005 Park Avenue Ultra, and need to let them know to call me if they ever wish to sell. I also think that the 1997 - 2004 Regals are wonderful cars, especially in GS or Joseph Abboud trim versions. These cars were very well styled compared to competing models from the other GM divisions.
  7. An excellent article, and I was especially thrilled to see you car included, Doug! I have always liked this generation full size Buick. My parents purchased a new 1977 Electra 225 Limited Landau coupe -- a beautiful car, and I wish I had managed to keep it in the family when they traded it in twelve years later on an '89 LeSabre.
  8. In most cases, the outside rear view mirror was not even a factory-installed option in 1958, so many cars were delivered with no outside rear view mirrors. Buick offered outside rear view mirrors as approved accessories that were intended for installation by dealers, with Buick providing templates to show the proper mounting location for the mirrors. I'm basing my comments here on what we know about the 1959 and 1960 mirrors, which were factory-installed only on convertibles and the Electra 225 4-door hardtops. We have seen many Electras of the era with no outside rear view mirrors. It's hard to understand how and why such a low mileage example would have been fitted with the later Buick chrome plated road wheels in lieu of original steel wheels and wheel trim.
  9. Ben Perfitt, thank you for your post. You have hit the nail squarely on the head. When I see the constant / pervasive marketing for Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia, I keep asking myself what the heck GM is thinking. It's easy to think that no one really cares about selling the cars. And it's maddening to think that GM might someday shutter the Buick brand because "no one cares". The fact is, enthusiasts like you and I appear to care far more than GM itself does. I wrote a lengthy email last week to auto industry analyst, Peter DeLorenzo, complaining about how GM is mishandling the Buick brand. This was days before the article appeared in the NYT. A futher example I cited was the Buick Verano of a few years back. Interestingly, the J.D. Powers and Associates quality surveys revealed that the Buick Verano was the most reliable / highest-quality model sold in America, regardless of manufacturer or country of origin. Owners seemed to love these cars. But we never saw a single advertisement touting the car's Lexus-beating quality. And rather than re-commit to the model and continue to refine it and intelligently market it, GM canceled it. . . . We know that the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are industry powerhouses because their manufacturers stuck with them, allowing them to build incredible brand equity. This is a concept that GM fails to grasp. It's criminal that the long-running LeSabre nameplate, among others, was allowed to die.
  10. General Motors has finally hired a Chief Marketing Officer, so let's hope that Buick gets some attention fast. The last major campaign -- "That's not a Buick" -- was stupid and insulting, and was no way to burnish the brand image. And there is a new Encore variant on the way in the near future -- albeit with 3-cylinder power -- and a new Buick Enspire CUV coming in 2021 for the US market. Hoping that the Enspire will be produced here and replace the non-competitive Envision from China.
  11. Many makes have deleted the brand nameplates from their products. Nonetheless, GM's unwillingness to invest in Buick in the USA is infuriating. Look at the billions that GM has blown on Cadillac during recent years, yet Buick gets almost nothing in terms of unique product for the U.S. market. And there is no worthwhile marketing or advertising for the brand. The remaining Buick passenger cars sold in the USA are imported from Germany, and those few buyers who even know that they are offered go to dealer lots to find that none are even in stock. It's tough to sell cars when none are on hand. General Motors could give lessons on destroying once-proud automotive brands.