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May 19, 1903 – Buick is Founded
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May 19, 1903 – Buick is Founded

On this day in 1903 the Buick Motor Company was founded by David Buick as a subdivision of Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company, which started business in 1899 as a manufacturer of internal combustion engines. The Model B became the first Buick to go on sale to the public when it launched in 1904, reaching total annual production of 37 units. There are no known survivors of the 1904 vehicles, but two replicas do have original 1904 engines.  Above: 1950s Buick convertibleTop: 1904 Buick Model B. Originally priced at $850 In that same year, William C. Durant became General Manager of Buick as a controlling investor. He moved Buick headquarters to Flint, Michigan. From there he used his promotional skills to make it the best selling automobile in America in its early years. Durant...
April 8, 1916 – Auto racing pioneer Bob Burman dies in wreck
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April 8, 1916 – Auto racing pioneer Bob Burman dies in wreck

Daredevil. Racer. Pioneer. These are all things that describe Bob Burman, one of auto racing's early heros. He participated in many significant automotive events in the early 20th century, including winning the Prest-O-Lite Trophy Race in 1909 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the precursor to the Indy 500. Unfortunately, his love for racing is exactly what would kill him. Burman died on this day in 1916, at age 31, when he crashed his open-cockpit Peugeot on a track in Corona, California. The wreck also took the life of his riding mechanic, Erick Schrader, an on-duty policeman, and the lives of three spectators. Another five fans suffered serious injuries. Above: Bob BurmanTop: Louis Chevrolet & Bob Burman in the Buick Bugs of 1910 Leading up to that fateful wreck, Burman has...
Cheap Cruiser – 1969 Buick Skylark Custom
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Cheap Cruiser – 1969 Buick Skylark Custom

By Cody Clark Like a company car for a couples’ counseling center, this 1969 Buick Skylark Custom collides a practical sedan shape with a mildly peppy V8 that is designed to please all parties. This example lives in Riverview, FL and is listed for a reasonable $7,495. This car wears slate gray paint with barely a hint of patina save for tiny rust spots. Immaculate Oldsmobile logo wheel covers shine framed by period-appropriate bulbous tires. A sleek pinstripe reaches to the rear door and highlights how much of an afterthought the sedan design really was. But four doors is additional justification for cruises with friends if not spouses. Does this 1969 Buick have seats? Interior photos are frustratingly sparse. What they do show is that the car presumably has ...
April 5, 1940 – The Buick Y-Job makes its press debut
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April 5, 1940 – The Buick Y-Job makes its press debut

Largely considered the first industry concept car, the Buick Y-Job racked up many miles before finally debuting to the media on this day in 1940. Designed by Harley Earl and company as a design exercise that incorporated technological advancement and design innovations, the Y-Job acted as a test mule for many GM styling and engineering practices that later became common. The Y-Job, built on a 1938 Buick Super chassis, featured hidden headlights, flush door handles, hideaway top, and wraparound bumpers. Many of its styling queues are found on the next generation of GM automobiles, particularly Buicks themselves. Harley Earl drove the Buick Y-Job as his personal vehicle until 1951. GN later donated it to the Henry Ford Museum, where it underwent restoration. The museum ...
March 5, 1929 – David Buick dies
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March 5, 1929 – David Buick dies

In 1869 David Buick, 15, dropped out of school to take a job at a plumbing supply company to help support his family. When that business ran into financial trouble in 1882, Buick and a partner bought it out. They revitalized it, once again making it profitable. In the 1890s Buick discovered a new interest, internal combustion engines. Buick sold his share of the plumbing company and used his capital to start the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company in 1899. The company began production of engines for agricultural use.  Above: 1906 Buick Touring – the year David Buick left the company he started. By F. D. Richards.Top: David Buick, left, c 1903 He soon turned to automotive engine development leading to a revolutionary “valve in-head” overhead valve engine. It's success led him to fou...
Dusty & Rusty – 1968 Buick Wildcat – $5,500
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Dusty & Rusty – 1968 Buick Wildcat – $5,500

Full-size luxury was in full swing by the end of the 1960s, as represented by this 1968 Buick Wildcat custom for sale on Craigslist near Atlanta. The Wildcat first hit the Buick lineup as a submodel of the Invicta. The next year it earned its own spot and remained in production through 1970. Our feature car has a running 430 cubic inch V8 that when new would have 360 hp that could power the car to a top speed of 132 mph. This one, well, it needs a bit of work before it does any sort of cruising, but it does move under its own power. Let's take a closer look. Buick Wildcat 430 V8 Here's that rumbling Buick V8. The seller states it has less than 200 miles on a recent rebuild, but it isn't quite ready for the road. New exhaust is the primary cause for concern, according to the ad. ...

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