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Buick Special and Century 1954-8
Buick updated its Special model in 1954 with the new GM B-body by Fisher that was shared with the Oldsmobile 88. In 1951 Buick had replaced its long-serving 4.1-litre eight with a new 4.3-litre 'Fireball' straight-8, but this gave way to the new 4.3-litre 'Nailhead' V8 for 1954. Oldsmobile shared its body with Buick, including the glass, but there were many brand differences. Buick also introduced the Century in 1954 using the same Special body but with a 5-litre V8 engine. Riviera models were 4-door hardtop versions of the Special and Century, and there Oldsmobile Holiday versions for the 88 and 99 in 1955. In 1949 Buick started adding 'ventiport' decorations to the front wings and the 1954-57 Specials and Century carried 3 of these (larger Buicks sometimes had 4). For 1957 the GM B-body cars were given a new body but on the same 122inch wheelbase, and the engine was enlarged from 322 to 364 cu inches (5.96-litres). Two features marked out the 57 Buicks, the open rear wheel arches and the 3-piece rear window.
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Buick Special 1955 Sedan - badge on rear wing.
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Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan - badge on bootlid
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Buick Special 1955 Sedan. The 1955 Special retained the 4.3-litre 'Nailhead' V8 from 1954, but this was enlarged to 5.3-litres in 1956.
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Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan.
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Buick Special 1958 Convertible. Behind acres of chrome sat a 364 cubic inch 250bhp V8 engine, which was tuned to give more than 300bhp in the Super 88.
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Buick Super 1958 Riviera hardtop. The Super had the same 364cu.inch engine as the Special but with four-barrel carbs and higher compression to give more power.
Buick Special 1955 Sedan front
Buick Special 1955 Sedan. In 1954 a new Fisher body was developed for GM's B-body cars, and shared between the Buick Special and Oldsmobile 88. In 1955 both cars were given their annual update. It is possible that 'spies' from the British Rootes Group saw this design and plagiarised it for what they regarded as the 'British Buick', the Humber Hawk/Humber Super Snipe.
Buick Special 1955 Sedan rear
Buick Special 1955 Sedan. In 1954 GM's B-body cars the Buick Special and Oldsmobile 88 were given a new body which shared glass even if outer panels had brand differences. It is possible that the British Rootes group plagiarised it for what they regarded as the 'British Buick', the Humber Hawk/Humber Super Snipe.
Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan front
Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan. For 1957 the front closely resembled the 1954-56 offerings. Engine size went up to almost 6.0-litres
Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan rear
Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan. The 3-piece rear window was controversial in 1957 and may have been one reason for the slump in sales for 1957 Buicks. This 'trisected' window was also given to the British Vauxhall PA Cresta
Buick Special 1958 Convertible front
Buick Special 1958 Convertible. Designer Ned Nickles reworked the GM B-body to give it a square look for the final year of this body before the 1959 new shell. The grille contained 160 chrome squares to catch the light, and new quad lamps sat above. Missing from the front wings in 1958 were the 3 'ventiports'.
Buick Special 1958 Convertible rear
Buick Special 1958 Convertible. The rear flanks on some models gained huge chrome trim panels, and the 58 was one of the most chromed cars, even though the Special was Buick's entry level model
Buick Super 1958 Riviera hardtop front
Buick Super 1958 Riviera hardtop. The pillarless hardtop had been introduced on the GM B-body in 1955 and the Buick version was called 'Riviera' and could be ordered in 2-door or 4-door. For 1958 the Super was only available as the 2-door or 4-door Riviera hardtop.
Buick Super 1958 Riviera hardtop rear
Buick Super 1958 Riviera hardtop. The controversial trisected rear window given in 1957 gave way to a single wraparound glass for 1958
Humber Super Snipe Series II rear
Humber Super Snipe Series II. The enlarged 3-litre engine of the Series II was accompanied with disc brakes on the front wheels, but the Series II only lasted one year.
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Buick Special 1955 Sedan - tail lamp
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Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan - tail lamp
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Buick Special 1957 4-door Sedan. A new GM B-body for 1957 used the same 122inch wheelbase, but was lower and longer than the 1954-56 models. The 3 'ventiports' on the front wing became 'streamlined'
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Buick Special 1955 Sedan. These 'ventiports' were first given to Buick in 1949, and filtered down from the larger models to the smaller cars.
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Buick Special 1955 Sedan - rear wheel. Only the sedate sedans had this small rear wheel arch, the hardtops and more sporting cars had large round arches.
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Buick Limited 1958
Chevrolet Bel Air front 1957 Coupe
Chevrolet Bel Air 1955-57
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Oldsmobile 88 and Super 88
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Vauxhall PA Cresta and Velox
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Humber Super Snipe Series I to VI, Humber Imperial
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