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I'd almost trade a fitty fo fu dat

A little history on this car.

The Buick was a business coupe, transformed into a rumble seat, with Buick Century trim added.

The original 1936 engine was swapped out and replaced with a 1941 with Dual Carbs, plus full dual exhaust with "Smitty" mufflers, and the original rear end replaced with a 4.44 ratio. Dual spotlights were added, 1940 fender skirts, full disc hub caps (available only in 1936 & 1937), headliner radio speaker. (instead of the firewall type) along with Buick's Deluxe Radio, and not to mention dual side mounts.

The only thing not dual.....The owner does't have two 36 Coupes.

A story on this car was in the November 2005 issue of The Bugle.

The 36 was also on ebay a few years ago with a high bid near $45,000 and did not meet reserve. (If my memory serves me correctly.)


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I'd almost trade a fitty fo fu dat

The 36 was also on ebay a few years ago with a high bid near $45,000 and did not meet reserve. (If my memory serves me correctly.)

Guess I can forget that trade.....

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David, YOU can't find words for that maroon 49 because there AREN'T any. One of my dream cars, FOR SURE!

Dale in Indy

P.S. I'm looking for a picture of 40's Buick's coming off the final assembly line. It seems to me that I recall cars being driven out of assembly lines and pictures hanging from the ceilings. Example, ( Safety First ), ( Drive Safe ). Anyone have such a picture/pictures? Thanks,

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1949 Buick Show Car

This 1949 Buick Riviera was painted silver and white and had silver interior - a combination not offered by Buick. This unique car was shown at GM's 1949 Transportation Unlimited Show; held in New York City and Detroit. A prelude to GM's Motoroma Shows.

These photos, however, were taken inside the GM Building.

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From The GM Web Site

General Motors's Transportation Unlimited exhibition was its first post-World War II auto show and was the precursor to its traveling Motorama exhibitions. The show was staged first in New York City and again three months later in Detroit. Transportation Unlimited grew from interest within GM’s executive ranks to preview the company’s newest innovations to consumers in order to gauge public interest.

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The New York City show opened on January 20, 1949 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and ran for eight days closing on January 27, 1949. More than 300,000 people visited it during its run at the Waldorf and were treated to elaborate displays of 32 production and custom vehicles from each of GM’s five car divisions. Two cars from each automotive division (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac) were displayed in the Grand Ballroom. They were arranged along the ballroom floor between the Wheel of Fashion at one end of the room and the Column of Stars at the other end. The Column of Stars was a 26-foot tall, five-sided pylon with a revolving New World globe at its peak that displayed the engines of GM’s car lines at its base. The Wheel of Fashion was a revolving turntable built for a 30 minute stage show featuring a live band and 20 actors and actresses that introduced the new features of the cars to a captivated audience. In addition to the automobiles in the Grand Ballroom, the divisions had displays in the adjacent rooms as well..

Column of Stars

At Transportation Unlimited, Chevrolet introduced its all new slab-side body panels. This body design quickly found acceptance with the public and helped Chevrolet to set a sales record with 1.1 million units sold.

Buick showed a restyled Roadmaster Riviera that featured the first modern hardtop on a production car. The Buicks on display also featured newly designed portholes on the front fenders, a feature that would come to be a hallmark of Buick styling.

While Pontiac showed the restyled and newly renamed Chieftain DeLuxe Eight and Oldsmobile introduced a Holiday Coupe version of its A-Body hardtop, the real stars of the show were the cars presented by Cadillac. Seven Cadillacs were shown at Transportation Unlimited including four that were customized. A pillarless, two-door hardtop Coupe de Ville with an interior upholstered in gunmetal leather complete with a telephone was displayed alongside two Fleetwood Sixty Specials, a sleek sedan in “Caribbean Daybreak” green and a convertible in "Mexican Dawn" brown known as The Embassy. A 62 Series convertible with a special "western" interior motif was also featured.

Cadillac 62 Series

GM’s non-automotive divisions and departments had displays at Transportation Unlimited as well. Frigidaire, DELCO, Allison, Detroit Diesel, Hyatt Roller Bearing, GMC, GM Styling, Engineering, and Proving Grounds all presented their products and ideas in grand scale at the New York dates. Electromotive showed a miniature diesel "Train of Tomorrow." General Motors Research Laboratories demonstrated the new high-compression engine technology available for the 1949 model year. The mechanical American Crossroads diorama that demonstrated the evolution of the American highway from 1900 to 1949 also made an appearance.

Fisher Body built a costly and elaborate display to celebrate 40 years of "Luxury, Quality, Convenience, and Safety" in coach building. The exhibit explained the many processes and materials used in the manufacture of car bodies. It also demonstrated many of the new devices installed in automobiles for comfort and convenience with displays like ones showing the "Keyless Locking Trunk," "Push Button Door Handles," and a cutaway seating buck meant to give the public a view of the many ways Fisher Body seats could be adjusted.

Transportation Unlimited at Detroit's Convention Hall

After its successful tenure at the Waldorf Astoria, General Motors opened a slightly modified Transportation Unlimited at old convention hall in Detroit on April 8, 1949. A few more GM divisions added displays in Detroit including Guide Lamp, Harrison Radiator, Moraine,New Departure, Saginaw Steering, and Cleveland Diesel. The exhibition drew hundreds of thousands more visitors in Detroit and the total audience for both the New York and Detroit shows exceeded 600,000. The total cost for Transportation Unlimited was more than $1.6 million, a significant sum back in 1949.

The first true Motorama show opened in 1953 delivering the first Corvette into the public’s imagination. In subsequent years the Motoramas and their "dream cars" would grab the attention of the automobile-loving masses both in America and overseas but it was at Transportation Unlimited in 1949 that General Motors first showed its vision of the future to its consumers on a grand scale.

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Question...What came first the Hat or Mr. Earl?

That movie was from 1955.

MrEarl is from 1950. My dad always wore a hat like that. There's a picture around the house here somewhere of me in diapers with his hat on. Here's pop with his Red Rock Cola route truck.


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Hello to all.

I recently came across a web site on Trenton, NJ.

The site must have over 200 to 300 photos in the site.

In the next several posts are some of those photos.

The joy in these photos are to find the Buicks. The fun is seeing the photo.

So if you don't see a Buick you will at least have fun, if not a trip back in time.

All photos from the web site and most from Duke University






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