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I've got this picture of a car which I believe is a Buick. I'm looking for the type and year it was build.

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Sorry, meant to add it's left hand drive also.......

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Thanks for the replies. The picture was taken in Chicago, so it's American. The guy in the picture is just not allowed to sit behind the steering wheel of his sons car. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

I've looked at some other pictures of 54'ers and they don't seem to have the mirror (if it is a mirror?) that far away from the door. Can anyone explain this? <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

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Meert, it does look like a mirror, aftermarket at that. Why anyone would put it that far down the fender is beyond me. Buick had them mounted on the doors near the vent window.......

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There was a bit of a trend in the 50's to mount mirrors on the fender. I seem to recall some of them being an option. Can't say for sure if it was Buick or a different make. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> I had a Chevy with them on it. Were on it when I bought it used so don't know who put them on. Actually I kinda liked them. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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Mounting the mirrors way out on the fender was s.o.p. for British sports cars of the early 50's. That's the factory location for Jaguar XK's, and Triumph TR's. It wasn't until the early 60's that windshield post mountings became uniform for British cars. I believe still to this day it is the standard position for home market Japanese cars.

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I found a pic of this 67 electra with the mirror on the fender. This is in Brussels, Germany. So it may be left or right hand drive...not sure.

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About the 54 Buick pictured, I was wondering if it could be a Century instead of a Special? Does anyone knows how to distinguish them? (in 1954 both had 3 portholes) and to me, they looked very similar save for interior trim, badges and engine. Are there any other differences between them?

And about the 67 Electra picture that Adam posted, It comes from Belgium.

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Some of the younger bucks out there may find this amazing, but an outside rearview mirror was not required by law until 1966 model year. Even then, it was ONLY on the driver's side. Even today, there is no law requiring an OSRVM on the passenger's side.

Because there was no requirement for the mirrors in the old days, they were installed where ever the dealer or owner wanted (if they were used at all). I've seen many low mileage original unrestored cars of this era that have mirrors installed on the fenders. Presumably it gave a wider field of vision although it was traded off for ease of adjustment!

Even though the car makers usually offered an official accessory OSRVM, many dealers (or owners) chose to use an aftermarket mirror instead. Ever look through an old (60's) JC Whitney catalog? There's dozens and dozens of differently styled aftermarket mirrors!

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And the driver can not see the right hand mirror----it is of no use whatever---thus the mirror up on the fender. I know this for a fact, because my 55-76R has factory installed side mirrors. They look real sharp---but the right one is totally useless.

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