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  1. BTW, "Hush..Hush, Sweet Charlotte" features two very nice (new)'64 Electra six-window sedans and a '64 Special four-door sedan.
  2. I'd like to see that Lucy and Bob movie...who didn't love Lucy, especially around 1960!! My favorite Buick movie...heck, my favorite movie, period, is Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte with Bette Davis, Olivia deHavilland, Joseph Cotten, and Agnes Moorehead. Great story and terrific cinematography...and scary as all get-out! Since it's an old movie, there are some unintentionally funny parts, but overall it's a great flick. I can watch it again, and again, and again! I've seen most Hitchcock movies, and I like "..Charlotte" better than any of them. Bill P.
  3. Oh.. the Ascot Blue was light blue metallic (what I believe the Kingswood Estate wagon photo is, although the photo appears darker), and the Fathom Blue is dark blue (although not-quite navy-blue dark). Bill P.
  4. The picture I remember, of a Caprice coupe made into a Sport Sedan, isn't in your grouping of photos. I'm wondering now if it might have been in a magazine ad or the single-sheet color photos Chevy gave out in dealerships at the time. It was a secondary car in the photo, off to the right and somewhat in the background. I agree that Caprice sedan photo looks airbrushed. I think they took a photo of a Sport Sedan (hardtop) and made it into a (post) sedan. Remember that the Caprice 4-door Sedan wasn't available at the beginning of the '72 model year and hence this brochure you have is probabl
  5. Shaffer, I vaguely remember that wagon brochure for '72--mostly remember that they had the Sportvan in with the station wagons! Those wheelcovers are Impala, Bel Air, and Biscayne full wheelcovers, and I don't believe a Kingswood Estate wagon ever left the factory with those wheel covers. The Caprice wheel covers were standard on the Kingswood Estate(as shown in the picture of the blue wagon). That black cloth interior is straight out of the Impala. Notice it's artwork, not an actual car's interior. Cloth trim was a new concept for Chevy wagons that year. The Impala cloth seat trim in '72 wa
  6. Shaffer, if that brochure shows a '72 Kingswood Estate wagon with Impala's full wheel covers, it's a goof! Kingswood Estates came standard with the Caprice's wheel covers, which were a flatter style (not "coned" out in the center like Impala's)--and had many concentric rings around the center, all the way to the outside. I found in the back of my office closet tonight, the '73 Chevy Showroom album given me by a salesman at the end of the '73 run. In '73 Chevy reverted to calling their wagons by the regular series name (BelAir, Impala, Caprice Estate). There is no mention at all of the "tran
  7. Shaffer, I definitely remember the 'translucent' woodgrain panels being noted on '71 and '72 Kingswood Estate wagons, and I believed the woodgrain did look different, based on the exterior color of the car. I sort-of assume it would be the same for '73-'76 but can't say I remember it being touted as it was in '71 and '72. I believe that "brocade" interior is basically just the Impala cloth interior, available on the wagon. It had a rich pattern, although it was still the Impala seat trim (actually pretty nice for '72, just no center armrest or anything!) I've never seen a real '72 wagon wit
  8. I've never driven a Roadmaster, or even ridden in one, but we did own a '93 Caprice Classic with the F41 suspension and Eagle tires. We got laughed at a lot for buying a new car like that when we were 35 and 28, respectively, but it was a real good car. Something I notice about every Roadmaster I ever see is how the bodyside rubber moldings have fallen off or are falling off. I noticed then even when the cars were pretty new. Not a huge deal, but definitely a quality-perception thing. Did they ever get it fixed? I also see a good number of cars that look like they're sagging in the front.
  9. Shaffer, while putting myself at the risk of raising ire on this board, isn't this an unusual full-size GM car: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1965-Purp...tem320147766233 First-year model, one-year only color, and a 3-speed! Did Buick offer a similar color in '65? I bet they did. Pontiac called this color "Iris Mist". Bill P.
  10. While I've never noticed a top of door panel on a Buick like that before, the color and cut makes me think it's factory...like the hard-plastic tops of the door panels of Chevy Biscaynes and BelAirs of the same year. It looks odd to me to see the area at the bottom of the door panel where the upper models would have carpeting, too...but again, I bet the top is original. Bill P.
  11. That one in IA sure looks nice. I bet it's a standard (non-Custom) two-door hardtop, the rare one, since it doesn't have power windows. The $6,500 one, while far cheaper, bugs me in that someone glued new bodyside moldings in the wrong location. Only the '74's had the moldings that went above the front wheel openings. Stuff like that kills me, when it would have been so easy to do it right, and it's almost impossible to inexpensively correct after it's done! Bill P.
  12. That's a pretty darn nice Kingswood Estate, Shaffer! I was always fond of that '72-only color...I believe it was called "Golden Brown". Nice wheel covers...did she change her mind and include them with the car after all? That black vinyl interior is what was used as standard equipment in Kingswood and Kingswood Estate wagons, and Impala convertibles, and was optional at slight extra cost on all other Impala body styles. Very rich and durable-looking. I always thought it was richer-looking than the Pontiac Catalina vinyl interior of the same year, but right up there with the Catalina Broug
  13. Wow, that LeMans IS rare! I was not crazy about the '73 LeMans in general; my eyes didn't like the pointy rear end nor the dash. However, I DID always like the '73 Luxury LeMans Coupe...a luxury model WITH the fastback roof and large triangular quarter windows! Seems like in '74 and later, that roofline (which I always liked...GREAT visibility inside!) only got teamed up with low-level models with plain interiors. Never liked that fastback roofline with the tiny "opera" windows and huge blind spot that you started seeing in '74 and later. Bill P.
  14. Interesting car and equipment, but I just HATE that color! My parents had a new '74 Impala Sport Coupe in that very color, with white painted top. I wanted a maroon one the dealer had with white painted top and black and white "Herringbone" seat trim, but Dad won out. That green looks like baby diarrhea to me! Bill
  15. I'd like it better if the two-tone separation line traced the car's body feature lines more (I guess have the ventiports be in the lower color, leaving only the hood, roof, and decklid the upper color). I was (am) a fan of the late '70's and early '80's GM factory two-tonings, except for the separation tape stripes that always came off after two years of car washes! I do like Lucernes a lot, looks-wise, among current cars anyway, but I would HAVE to have one that has the chromed lower-decklid molding. Don't know if you have to get a full-blown model to get that, but I can't STAND the rear-en
  16. Weren't full-size Ford LTD's and Mercury Grand Marquis available in 1978 in four-door hardtop body styles? Bill P.
  17. Incidentally, although it apparently wasn't the standard interior, I always remember that plush Apollo interior that was sort of a "tuck and roll", with two buttons on each seat back section, way up high by the headrests. Very plush. The Apollo was the best-looking of the B-O-P Nova variants, I think. You could even get those terrific chrome Buick wheels on them! Bill P.
  18. I should make it clear that they're not my pictures; I just posted the link from the person who posted them on the S.D.C. discussion forum for all to see. I did take the guided tour of the building last week though. I'm glad I did! I was through the building about seventeen or eighteen years ago, but I had forgotten some of the neat details. Bill P.
  19. Not sure about Oldsmobiles (re.: green '73 Delta 88 above), but if they were like Chevrolets, all-vinyl was ALWAYS a low-cost option in the early '70's...often, priced somewhere from $19 to $31 extra. Cloth and vinyl was always standard in Novas, Chevelles, Monte Carlos, and full-size Chevrolets (except Biscaynes, where woven vinyl was the only choice). Re.: Whether the Biscayne had carpeting or vinyl floor covering, I am thinking they had vinyl floor covering. Carpeting came in the BelAir. The '71 and '72 Biscaynes and BelAirs were nearly indistinguishable from the outside in trim (namepl
  20. I may have mentioned this before, but I can clearly remember our local small-town dealer getting in a new black '72 Calais hardtop sedan with blackwalls, no air, and no radio. It had power windows (standard equipment), but I don't remember if it had power seats. It had black cloth interior. I am almost certain the sticker showed the car had NO options. The price at the bottom was $6,480, I do remember that. It was obviously an ordered car as it disappeared from the lot in a day or two, and I never saw it around town after that. Sure looked funny to see a radio delete filler plate in a Ca
  21. Yeah, in the late '60's sometime, Studebaker sold it to the City of South Bend for $1 and they promptly utilized it as the home of the South Bend School Corporation, which only moved out earlier this year. There have been a good number of temporary cubicles/dividers set up in the middle of the building, which in Studebaker's day had been an open work area, but particularly the President's Office and Boardroom are unchanged, and the mural depicting "The History of Transportation" around the center of the building is from the early 20th century. Bill
  22. That Biscayne is probably only the second '72 I've ever seen, anywhere. It's the original interior too. Has '70 or '74 full wheel covers though (they were the same those years), although that's an easy correction. Wonder why it has the 400? Odd! Nice car though. That Calais is a nice car too. I wouldn't mind a Calais...far rarer than a Coupe deVille and barely distinguishable from one. I can see why people bought one new...the easiest way to "step up" to Cadillac...and even a low-end Cadillac is still a Cadillac and very nice inside! Bill P.
  23. For those of you who might have been at the Packard Club Nationals in South Bend last week.... This was a tour of the Administration Building of the Studebaker Div. of Studebaker-Packard Corp. The building is remarkably unchanged in many places inside and was perilously close to being torn down save for new owners of the building, effective late May of '07. Bill P. http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2715237390090795307shhnfI
  24. 1971-73 Cadillac Calais models had hard, black crinkle-vinyl inlays where the '71 DeVilles (at least some of them) had the brushed metal inlays. Bill
  25. As mentioned in a previous thread, my favorite "Buick" movie...hell, it's my favorite movie, period!...is "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964) with Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, Olivia deHavilland, and Cecil Kellaway. While there isn't a Buick in almost every part of the movie, like "Rain Man", there are two '64 Electra six-window pillared sedans and a '64 Special four-door sedan featured pretty prominently. I never get tired of watching the movie. I think it's the best ending ever committed to film! For some reason, the Internet Movie Database doesn't list this film's cars. http://forums.a
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