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  1. Good morning. I am looking for some technical information/specifications for a 1926 Oakland two-door coupe, specifically the following: Three-speed manual gear ratios (including reverse) Overall length, width and height Front and rear track width Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Good afternoon all. I am looking for some technical information/specifications for a 1926 Oakland two-door coupe, specifically the following: Three-speed manual gear ratios (including reverse) Overall length, width and height Front and rear track width Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  3. The grille installed on your '52 Special is correct for the model year; 1951 grilles had 24 teeth (including the stubby outer verticals) versus the 19 pictured.
  4. Hi Dave, Thanks so much for the info - it's greatly appreciated! Matt
  5. Just spent the day cleaning up stuff in the garage and I rediscovered an unknown straight-eight intake manifold, likely from a GM car or truck, however it could be from any domestic manufacturer. The casting number is 1307113. It had a Buick tag on it, but a Pontiac two-barrel carburetor. I'd really like to know what car or truck it fits. Anyone have an idea? Thanks!
  6. At least in the state of New York, "only the vehicle manufacturer or the state department of motor vehicles has the authority to legally remove a vehicle's VIN." Some states might be more liberal than others. This was clearly spelled out to us by NY detectives when we wrote about a 1970 'Cuda in the July 2006 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines. What can happen - and eventually did in this case - is that the state then has the authority to re-VIN the car (often called a salvage VIN) which has stolen car implications; it effectively de-values a car in the eyes of many. As far as I am aware, it is also illegal to sell a VIN - a rampant problem on the internet a few years ago when high-powered Mopar prices were through the roof - which is why eBay has policed their listings. Either way, it's a very touchy subject. I might add that a well-trained DMV official (if your cars are inspected at a state-run DMV office) will easily be able to tell if the VIN was removed; with criminal intent or not, if it's in the books, leave it be. In short, best to check your state records before progressing.
  7. 1954 Buick Landau: Sold - for $121,000. Not sure at this point if that includes the 10% buyer's premium or not, but I believe it does. Other Buick results from RM on the 13th: 1931 Buick 94 Roadster sold for $154,000 1954 Skylark was bid to $100,000, but did not sell 1956 Century convertible sold for $66,000 1949 Roadmaster convertible sold for $79,750. Over at Gooding on the 12th (also at Amelia), Buick's that sold include: 1954 Roadmaster convertible for $120,000 1949 Roadmaster coupe for $35,200 1959 Electra 225 convertible for $74,800 1932 Model 96C convertible coupe for $123,750 (All sale prices include a 10% buyer's premium).
  8. Gary, Near as I can tell from the data I have on hand, the answer is no - a four-speed was never offered with the Sport Wagon in 1969.
  9. During the Sixties and early Seventies, there were certainly a number of oddballs that left the assembly line - all you had to do was spend some time looking over the option sheet....many did. I stood next to a 1971 Ford Torino Squire (station wagon) with a 429CJ (Cobra Jet) engine, Ram Air induction and four-speed manual just last fall. No joke - the owner even has the build sheet and Marti Report certifying its existence. I also received word of a four-door Wildcat (forget the year) with a four-speed manual. One other notable that I am aware of is a 1968 Ford LTD Brougham four-door with a 428, four-speed and bench seat - one of nine built. There are plenty more examples out there that I am forgetting about, including a one-of-one four-door Ford from 1957 (yes, muscle cars existed back then - think NASCAR homologation rules). Granted, these are not the norm, but four-door muscle cars were built. As far as a new Buick GS or GSX, they had a shot if the GM brass would have allowed such radical thinking. It would not have taken much effort to put a new fascia on the (then new) GTO. Or use one of the Cadillac two-door platforms. It could/would be good on so many levels. But then again, consider that the retro cars that are selling well (Mustang/Challenger/Camaro) trace their heritage back to the days of the original pony car...something Buick never had to begin with. I've have had the pleasure of driving the Chrysler 300 (Hemi), Pontiac G8 (400+ hp) and Chevy Impala SS - all in four-door form - and if you give them a chance, you'd be very surprised with the performance and handling. How's 80 MPH in mere seconds sound before hitting fourth gear, with a six-speed gearbox at your fingertips? Unless you live in the desert, you run out of road before getting the chance to use all the power. In short, I'd like to see the new Regal GS (if they actually build it) before passing judgement.
  10. Forgive the bump, however Hemmings Motor News is still looking for Roadmaster candidates for the 2010 New England Concours. Submissions for consideration should be sent in as soon as possible, as invitations will be going out in early spring. If you have any questions, feel free to email (addresses above).
  11. I just read a press release from RM stating the same. The 1954 Landau will be part of the 55 cars from his collection that will cross the block at RM's Amelia Island auction on March 13, while a greater number of his vehicles are currently scheduled for the RM Ft. Lauderdale auction from March 26-28. What will likely happen - and this is just a guess, mind - is that another private collector will acquire it and hide it away somewhere for the next five to 10 years. It'll continue to pop up at auctions from then on. That, or it'll end up in a museum somewhere.
  12. Great points. I agree in that there certainly is an argument to be made with regards to the rolling 25 year "antique" rule. There will always be a portion of the club which prefers to see nothing but vintage Buicks. That said, I just read 11 pages of typed debate over the $50 dues issue. The Driven class is perhaps the best way we as members can alleviate the strain on BCA budget (Bugle) which then relieves the tension in cash-strapped regions of the country (your wallet). Currently, if an enthusiastic 30-year old scores a 1987 (fill in the blank: Regal, Estate Wagon, Skyhawk, Le Sabre) and is considering joining the BCA and entering it in the Driven class - it has wear, afterall - at a National Meet, he's essentially not welcomed. It's a very big missed opportunity. Not just in the associated National meet fees, but in another $50 check...and possibly more. Don't forget, social networking is HUGE with today's youth, in ways many of us never heard of just three years ago. A pre- and post-25-year Driven class would be an ideal outlet for these newer, nearly vintage Buicks; cars which (typically speaking, mind) younger folks have the ability to purchase and maintain. Before you know it, one can quickly swell to 10, 20, or even more. At the same time, the club's average age is lowered, ensuring the continuation of the BCA long after we're gone. Why have the young man (or woman) wait another two or more years? Anybody who isn't interested in seeing these newer cars can simply skip over them at the Meet. It's called an option; nobody is forcing you to look at them. And as far as I am aware, the answer is yes: the vehicles in the Driven class do not compete against each other. Like it or not, the addition of the Modified class was a step in the right direction in an effort to gain new members and friends. Let's take the next step!
  13. Hi Ben, We've featured the past three NE Concours coverage in Hemmings Motor News, and last year in Hemmings Classic Car as well. More basic information can be found at www.hemmings.com; specifically, other featured marques. More details will be posted as the event draws near. Matt
  14. For those of you who have not heard the news, the staff of Hemmings Motor News recently announced several special classes for the fourth annual New England Concours d'Elegance, one of which will be devoted entirely to Buick Roadmasters. Held on the manicured Commons of Stratton Village in Stratton, Vermont, the three-day affair begins on Friday, July 16, 2010, with the popular Hemmings Rally. An all-makes car show will follow on Saturday and the event will culminate with the main concours event on Sunday, July 18. If you own a finely restored or well-preserved original example of a Buick Roadmaster that you think should be considered, please send photographs, descriptions and contact information to: New England Concours, Attn: Richard Lentinello, P.O. Box 196, Bennington, Vermont 05201. Submissions and high-resolution digital images can also be sent electronically to rlentinello@hemmings.com, or to mlitwin@hemmings.com. This class will be limited in size, and there will be no duplication of models, so please send in your requests as soon as possible. Invitations will be sent out in the spring!
  15. I recently picked up what was labeled as a Buick straight-eight intake manifold with a two-barrel carburetor. After purchase, I discovered that the carburetor was for a Pontiac, which lead me to believe the manifold was wrongly identified. No big deal for the time being, but I can tell you that the casting number does not match up to anything listed in my Buick part number books. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The casting number on this two-barrel intake is: 1307113. Again, I suspect that this number applies to Pontiacs, possibly of late Forties vintage. I'd offer a picture, but the batteries in my camera just died. Thanks in advance.