The Legacy of the Woodies
The last of the real Woodies were made by Buick in 1953. The Buick Roadmaster Woody was built to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary. They paid homage to the classic beach cruiser, but added a powerful V8 engine. Their creativity and flawless design made the 1953 Buick Roadmaster a hot collectible. But, the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Woody is not the only beautiful Woody on the market today.
Using Wood to Replace Much-Needed Steel
Highway Patrol: Let the Car by the Star
When most television shows were filming in backlots and studios, Highway Patrol set a new standard by filming in actual rural roads in California. The popular show starring Broderick Crawford aired between 1955 and 1959. Filmed in black and white, the classic cop show pioneered the cop show genre and became a favorite in over 70 different countries.
The main character, Dan Mathews, was a part of the California Highway Patrol. He could always be found either reclining on or driving in his two-door 1955 Buick Century. The car which was modeled to look exactly like the real CHP cars. Interestingly, the CHP wanted to have a show that resembled Dragnet, which featured the local Los Angeles Police Department.
The Buick Skylark and the Film You Need to Know
The Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the world, allows independent filmmakers to show their creations in front of a powerful audience. In 2011, a low-budget pre-apocalyptic film by the name of Bellflower stunned viewers. The little-known film was produced for under $20,000. Despite the incredibly low budget, the film received a nomination for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award (The Blair Witch Project won this award in 1999).
Flame-Throwers and an End of the World Gang
The Fast American Production Cars
Many people think you have spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on European exotics to get a fast ride. If you love good ol’ American cars, there are plenty of options available that will take you from zero to sixty in a nail-biting speed. These are a few of the fastest cars ever to come out of an American assembly line:
1965 Buick Skylark
The 1965 Buick Skylark was just one of the many models of the Skylark badge to be produced by Buick from 1953 to 1998. The long run of this successful model can be attributed to the fact that it changed with the times. Over the years, the Skylark went from convertible to compact to mid-sized back to compact, and finally grew again in size. As tastes and technology changed, so did the Skylark.
Serious Collectible: Select 60 Buick Reatta
One little known car in the collectible world is the Buick Reatta Select 60. All of the Buick Reatta models were made by hand, making each of the more than 21,000 cars special to General Motors and to their owners. These luxury sports cars were made for just a few short years, between 1988 and 1991. While the majority of the Buick Reatta models are overly collectible, there are a few select ones – called Select 60 – that truly are.
Special Models for a Select Group of Dealers
Just one of the many classic Buicks to become a favorite among classic car lovers is the 1955 Buick Roadmaster Series 70. It has endeared itself into hearts big and small, and has even won the attention of famous owners. Jay Leno, a popular nighttime talk show host, owns one beautifully restored 1955 Roadmaster, and has for quite some time. Let’s take a closer look at this beauty.
After much anticipation, General Motors finally lifted its self-imposed ban on engines bigger than 400 cid, and the result was worth celebrating. New muscle cars were introduced with bigger engines and more power than ever before. The 1970 Buick GSX was one such model, and a much coveted one, at that. Several things about this car made it special at the time, and some of these same things help keep the car at the forefront of the minds of muscle car collectors and restorers to this day.
One vehicle that is of particular interest to many people who love Buicks of days gone by is the Buick Wildcat, a vehicle that became a model in his own right for the 1963 model year.
During the 1950s midsize cars were largely boxlike for want of a better description, and these classics are extremely cool in their own right so we are not taking anything away from them.
However, time marches on and as it does marketing minds are always looking to introduce something new to the buying public.
The Buick division of General Motors is one of the most important automotive manufacturing concerns that the world has ever known. The company dates all the way back to 1899 when it was known as the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company. David Dunbar Buick incorporated the company as the Buick Motor Company four years later and the rest, as they say, is history.
As optimistic as David Dunbar Buick may have been when he started out in the automotive business even he would probably find it hard to believe that his surname would be gracing quality American motor vehicles for well over 100 years.