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what 1 buick would you want or do you have it already?

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For me it would be the attached. But since that ain't ever gonna happen, the next choice would be the 59 Invicta. Either the two door hardtop or the convertible. I'd be equaly happy with either one having having owned both in the past and kicked myself uncounted times for ever giving them up. After those it would be a 57 Special two door hardtop. Then would come the 66 LeSabre convertible, which I do own. Course I can't leave out the Reatta, of which I own an 88 with the suede bolster seats. smile.gif

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I agree, ones not enough, thats why I have two 1960 Electra 225 and the 1937 Roadmaster Phaeton. Both original and unrestored. Currently working on the 37.

Robin

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Only one?? Well I guess it would be a 65 Wildcat convert with the dual carbs, fully loaded. However, if ya can have two cars unfinished which would be like one complete car a 72 Centurion convert could be added to the list.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Barney Eaton</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Not a fair question, like potato chips....one is not enough. </div></div>

I resemble that remark!

I am a lucky person to be able to fulfill my dreams in my garage. If it were only 1 though. .

...65 Wildcat dual quad 4-speed. Red or black.

Ted

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No question about it, if I could own only one, it would be a 1933 series 90 Victoria coupe. I stumbled on one at an antique car dealership in Dallas, Texas about 5 years ago, and before I could sell some cars, apply for a loan, and come up with the $29,000 they wanted for this spectacular maroon work of art, it was gone! Probably worth nearly twice that now....sigh...

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

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Easy. A triple black 64 Wildcat coupe, KX 425 2X4 4-speed 3.91 posi, deluxe interior with long console and boomerang shifter, radio-delete, trunk light delete, manual everything, with Formula Fives.

... or the 51 LeSabre, but that isn't happening any time soon so no reason to even consider it...

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<span style="color: #006600">The one and only.... First...</span> <span style="color: #FF0000">...1903 Buick</span> <span style="color: #006600"> shocked.gif ...... smile.gif ....... grin.gif Dave!</span>

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There are sooo many but after a few days thought on this subject, the one Buick I'd like to own would be a 37 model 66 C ( Century convertible). Maybe someday...( sigh!)

JD

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I would like a 38 Buick Century Coupe. If I could not find a Coupe I would still be happy with a sedan (but I really want a n opera coupe).

Rebecca

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I've been watching this thread for awhile and didn't really think I could come up with only one.

But, after much thought I've decided the Buick that really does it for me isn't the Blackhawk ( whew, how hard was that to say!! ) but another car I saw with it at Flint in 2003.

My selection would have to be the 1910 Buick Bug. If that doesn't give you a tingle down the spine you'd have to check your pulse to see that heart is still pumping.

Maybe I'd settle for the second ( missing, gone??? ) bug which is probably stashed away in a barn somewhere.

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Most of you know me as a fairly hardcore Olds guy, but there are a few Buicks that could live in my driveway. In no particular order of preference:

1) 1959 LeSabre Riviera sedan. Out of the whole space-age 1959 GM lineup, this car looks the most like it's ready to take off into the stratosphere. The "Time Travel" ad series proved it. Plus a great-uncle had one. Both his boys drove it while they were at the University of Richmond, and they had UR and "Spiders" decals on the windshield and back glass wraparounds, plus their frat decals. Cool stuff to a 10-year-old. The new PC Richmond Spider pales in comparison.

2) 1963-66 Wildcat. Preferably a sport coupe, but a 4-door HT with buckets and console would make me happy too.

3) 1962 Electra in any body style, but it would have to be metallic pink. Olds called the color Sunset Mist; not sure what Buick called it. A definitive early 60s color. I regret not at least making an offer on the one that was at Fall Carlisle 2003.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: rocketraider</div><div class="ubbcode-body">1962 Electra in any body style, but it would have to be metallic pink. Olds called the color Sunset Mist; not sure what Buick called it. A definitive early 60s color. </div></div>

Glenn, Buick called that spectacular 1962 color "Camelot Rose". It's one of my favorites. And, in reference to your entire list, I'd call you an Olds guy with great taste in old Buicks!

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: rocketraider</div><div class="ubbcode-body">1) 1959 LeSabre Riviera sedan. Out of the whole space-age 1959 GM lineup, this car looks the most like it's ready to take off into the stratosphere. The "Time Travel" ad series proved it. Plus a great-uncle had one. Both his boys drove it while they were at the University of Richmond, and they had UR and "Spiders" decals on the windshield and back glass wraparounds, plus their frat decals. Cool stuff to a 10-year-old. The new PC Richmond Spider pales in comparison.

2) 1963-66 Wildcat. Preferably a sport coupe, but a 4-door HT with buckets and console would make me happy too.

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Hmmm...I have a line on a '59 LeSabre 2 door...of course, my 7 year old wants it, so I'd have to keep that. I also have a '66 Wildcat Custom 2 door hardtop...I guess I'm going to have to keep an eye on my Buicks should you ever wander up this way wink.gif

For '62 though, I only have the baby Buick, so we don't quite have a complete match.

It just struck me as interesting as I started reading your post how similar my reality is to your "Buick Dream Garage".

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I would get a 1957 Century four door hardtop. I really like the way the 57's look, especially the three piece rear window on the Special/Century.

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Bill P., Corbin, Bleakney, Flynn and other immediately broke the "which ONE" rule.... I told you the question was unfair.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: rocketraider</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Olds called the color Sunset Mist; not sure what Buick called it.</div></div>

A great color, I've got a '62 Jetfire that color. There are so many great Buicks, how could you ever choose? Guess that's why the garage is overflowing.

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About 1961 I used to see a '57 Buick convertible, probably a Special that had a three speed standard transmission. I saw it several times, always had the top down and I noticed the guy shifting it through the gears. I would have loved to have it then and now.

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I am fortunate enough to have driven both the Buick "Bug" and the Blackhawk. Sometimes it pays to live in the Flint area! I cant have the Blackhawk, so I built my 37 coupe the same color and with a 455 ( it is just carbureted, but goes pretty good anyway)

I agree that one Buick is not enough because there are too many different organizations that won't accept a "catchall car"

I have : 72 GS 455 convertible for the GS club

: 37 coupe for the street rod groups

: 40 Super Convertible for the BCA

: 69 Sport Wagon for the BDE

Joe Taubitz

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If I could have just one Buick the choice is pretty easy for me. It would have to be the first car that I can remember, and the car that introduced me to Buicks when I was 3. It was my dads new 54 Super tutone blue sedan. That car transported our family from Northern Illinois on trips along RT 66 to places like the Arkansas Ozarks to see my grandparents, to visit friends in Scottsdale AZ and eat oranges right from the tree, and to San Diego to swim in the Pacific. Later it took us to the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, through the 2 lanes in Nebraska to visit the Harold Warp Pioneer Village. Most of these miles with the windows down but we did not care.

If I had the car today I would add Skylark wire wheels and vintage air. Just a four door sedan, but it made for great memories.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: The Old Guy</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I am fortunate enough to have driven both the Buick "Bug" and the Blackhawk. Sometimes it pays to live in the Flint area! I cant have the Blackhawk, so I built my 37 coupe the same color and with a 455 ( it is just carbureted, but goes pretty good anyway)

I agree that one Buick is not enough because there are too many different organizations that won't accept a "catchall car"

I have : 72 GS 455 convertible for the GS club

: 37 coupe for the street rod groups

: 40 Super Convertible for the BCA

: 69 Sport Wagon for the BDE

Joe Taubitz </div></div>

Joe,

You've driven the BUG!!!

How about a quick rundown on what it was like. I heard it running at Flint in 2003, that was awesome and had a real close look at it in the Sloan Museum. There was a sign that said " Don't Touch " but I was in my second childhood and couldn't help touching it with at least one finger. So I thought I was doing well having touched it, but to actually drive it, incredible.

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I second Stuarts request. Tell us about it. I remember seeing it drive through the swap meet area and I couldn't believe the sound of the exhaust. It was like individual small bombs going off with each flash of the spark plugs.

Sounded so powerful in an odd sort of way.

JD

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JalopyBob</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If I could have just one Buick the choice is pretty easy for me. It would have to be the first car that I can remember, and the car that introduced me to Buicks when I was 3. It was my dads new 54 Super tutone blue sedan. That car transported our family from Northern Illinois on trips along RT 66 to places like the Arkansas Ozarks to see my grandparents, to visit friends in Scottsdale AZ and eat oranges right from the tree, and to San Diego to swim in the Pacific. Later it took us to the top of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, through the 2 lanes in Nebraska to visit the Harold Warp Pioneer Village. Most of these miles with the windows down but we did not care.

If I had the car today I would add Skylark wire wheels and vintage air. Just a four door sedan, but it made for great memories. </div></div> Bob, Here's your chance A rare 6 bolt 3 speed Super. If it wasn't in CA I'd be very interested. Looks to be very much worthy of restoration.

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When Terry Dunham approached the BMD about a BCA meet in Flint in 1971, the powers that be at Buick thought it would be a nice touch to have the "Bug" as a running display in the parking lot behind the administration building.

The Bug had not run in quite some time, so they asked me to go to Sloan Museum and help Jim Johnson get it running.We worked on it and got it fired up , and I have been the driver at all the Buick meets since.

In 2003 ,for the 100th anniversary, they took it to Milan dragway ,and I drove it down the strip.

The Bug has a 622 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine with a 3 speed selective gear box ( which was cutting edge at that time) The brakes , if you want to call them that ,are BAD! It has rear external contracting bands, for the brake pedal, and an external contracting band on a drum behind the trans that works off a lever. Neither are very good. The drivers that went 105 MPH in this had to have titanium gonads!

Originally it was hand cranked to start it, but when Charley Chane got it from Charley Howard, he took it into Buick and had them install a starter ring and a starter.

There is a spark and throttle control lever on the steering wheel, and also a foot throttle.

There are 2 tanks behind the driver, that are pressurized by a pump in the drivers compartment.One tank is gas, and the othr is oil. The driver has an oil gauge and when he sees the pressure drop, he can open a petcock under his right leg which allows oil from the tank to flow under pressure into the crankcase. When oil blows out the breathers, he shuts it up.

The Bug has a solid brass flywheel that weighs 140pounds and a multiple disc clutch. The last time I drove it the clutch was slipping quite baddly, and the engine needed tuning, as it really was missing.

The steering is very quick,and under the steel covers are wood spoke wheels. The long drag link from the steering to the front wheel is also wood, and I can't believe they were able to drive at those speeds with such primitive equipment.

I am also fortunate enough to be friends with Harold Calhoun, who is the truck driver that hauls many of the GM concept cars to different functions. I was at the Great Lakes Regional a few years ago ,when he told me to jump in the Blackhawk ,and give some people rides.

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I am very fortunate in that I have the Buick that I always wanted. Several years ago, I had a 1949 Chrysler New Yorker that was at the point that needed work that I could not complete. I took it to a mechanic who restored antiques and he had a 1951 Roadmaster sedan sitting in his lot.

I sold the New Yorker and bought the Buick. She was originally all black (aren't they all) but is now 2-tone with a Cloudmist Gray top. I've always liked sedans and since they are generally less expensive, better for me.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Rod

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