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  1. 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 have seen relatively recent images of this vehicle, with the understanding that it was formerly a tow vehicle. But I have never before seen it with the dealership signage. Great image!
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    Colonel Sam McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada:
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    1938 Buick Series 90 with French coachwork

    Dave, the '38 Series 90 with Binder body is still offered for sale: https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/buick/90/2111682.html
  5. 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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    Hershey 2018

    Lamar, it may simply be coincidence, but the 1947 Buick Dealer Planning Guide included an image of "Shore Buick". This is clearly a drawing, and I don't know whether this particular concept was ever built or whether it had any connection to the Shore Buick that your cool sign came from, but thought I'd pass this along:
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    FOR SALE: Another 1957 Roadmaster 75 !!

    Here is another '57 Roadmaster 75 that has been teasing me during the recent past. Not perfect, but it looks like there's lots of potential here for the $5,000 asking price. Located close to Tacoma, Washington: https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/ctd/d/1957-buick/6691002437.html
  8. Photos by Gary Klecka, BCA #1955:
  9. Returning from the 2009 BCA Nationals, in Eastern Oregon:
  10. Not a vintage image here, but perhaps it fits the topic!
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    Very interesting that this car has only a single sidemount. I thought that the sidemount option was always a dual sidemount option on the '38 Specials. EDIT: Just noticed that the sidemount fender is present in the top photo; only the sidemount spare is missing. So, it was originally a dual sidemount car.
  12. I was contacted during the weekend by a friend who has just purchased a nice 1971 Riviera GS. He is a BCA member and has just joined the ROA. He would like to confirm that the car has the modified High Performance 455 of the Riviera GS. I am unable to locate my 1971 Buick shop manual. Can someone tell me where the engine code can be located and what the code should be for the High Performance 455? I did locate my 1971 Buick Facts Book, which indicates that the Riviera GS should also be equipped with the 3.42 posi-traction rear axle. Is this consistent with the '71 Riviera GS's that you've seen? Thanks in advance for your help.
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    1941 Special - 2-dr convertible

    The car is a Special -- not a Roadmaster.
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    1962 Invicta wagon, project, loaded, MA.

    I agree that this would be a fantastic car when completed! Here's another Invicta Estate Wagon. It's a '59, offered in British Columbia, Canada. While lacking the bright upper window frame moldings, it is equipped with power windows and Autronic Eye. And the factory color appears to be beautiful Tawny Rose. https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/pml/cto/d/1959-buick-invicta-wagon/6676557349.html
  15. 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.
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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
  20. 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.