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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.
A Must Visit: The Sloan Museum Buick Gallery
If you are fan of baseball you are certainly going to want to visit the Baseball All Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Getting to the roots of the beast and experiencing all that history in one place is an extraordinary experience.
Classic Buick fans can have the same type of experience by visiting the Buick Gallery that is a part of the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.
The Buick Century
Throughout the history of auto making there have been a number of different models that have made multiple appearances after having been discontinued. One example of this would be the Buick Century, a car that was first introduced for the 1936 model year.
This was a very big year for the Buick division of General Motors. The company had been able to make a quantum leap forward on the engineering and design fronts and there was a lot of excitement about the 1936 offerings, including the brand-new Buick Century, a four-door sedan. These cars were very fast by the standards of the day, capable of speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. This oomph was generated by a 320 cubic inch in-line eight cylinder engine that was rated at 165 hp.
Classic Buick Fans, Step Right In!
If you’re an old-school fan of true American classic cars you are well aware of the impact that Buick has had on the automotive industry over the years. And speaking of old-school, the Buick brand has been around longer than any other American nameplate and it is one of the longest standing automobile manufacturers in the world.
The company dates all the way back to 1899 when it was founded by David Dunbar Buick, a Scotsman, and called the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company. A few years later it became the Buick Motor Company, but David Dunbar Buick couldn’t hold the reins and the company was acquired by James Whiting.