HarleyEarl

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I am crazy about Buick and it's incredible history. I have much hope for the future of this great marque.


1937 Buick Boat tail custom body.
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1960 LeSabre Convertible
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2006 Lucerne
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1958 Series 40 Special
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I like the purity of this design. Very sexy.

1966 Rivieria
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Wonder if that 37 was an Earl body ? I forget what year Sloan "aquired" him. You know I just realized it could be said that the double bubble Lacrosse lights were inspired by the 60 - if you want to look at it that way - better than thinking Jaguar even though being on top of fender they are more like Jag. 66 Riv body just rules the roost in my flavor and I just realized that body beat the Camaro body to market, right ? I like the 66? LeSabre or Wildcat? coupe behind the 58 much better, its in my favorite 60's color too. The Reatta was so nice, thank goodness GM's styling of the mid eightys came when it did, that 77-85 look just needed to go. frankly I think GM had the best looking cars from that 85/86-90/91 era, BMW and Mercedes had decent styling but GM was right in there in my opinion. Edited by razoredge
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Earl joined GM in 1928... hence the 1929 "Pregnant Buick" disaster.

Here's some of my favorite Buicks:

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GM needs to expand its SIGMA factory to make a CURVY rwd Buick line in contrast to Caddies ANGULAR look. Style them with a Longer rear overhang and longer weelbases and use the 3.9L V6/5.3L V8 with DOD and do a GS line with the LS2. Bring back the Regal in a CTS based form / the Rivieria - STS based and the Roadmaster long 125in weelbased version of the STS as the new line!
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Here is another car that I had not heard of. The Buick Skylark 350 Sun Coupe. Note the full size sun roof with folding canvas top. This was a regular production car and is very rare. (this pic is of a folding brochure, therefore the upside down area).

1972 Skylark 350 Sun Coupe

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Wonder if that 37 was an Earl body ? I forget what year Sloan "aquired" him.
You know I just realized it could be said that the double bubble Lacrosse lights were inspired by the 60 - if you want to look at it that way - better than thinking Jaguar even though being on top of fender they are more like Jag.
66 Riv body just rules the roost in my flavor and I just realized that body beat the Camaro body to market, right ?
I like the 66? LeSabre or Wildcat? coupe behind the 58 much better, its in my favorite 60's color too.
The Reatta was so nice, thank goodness GM's styling of the mid eightys came when it did, that 77-85 look just needed to go. frankly I think GM had the best looking cars from that 85/86-90/91 era, BMW and Mercedes had decent styling but GM was right in there in my opinion.

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Not sure who did that boat tail '37. It's a beautiful version of that car.
I hadn't thought of that before but that '66 Riv has a similar profile to the Camaro only on a bigger scale.
Totally agree about the Reatta and GM's styling of the era. I think the Reatta is an underappreciated car. I have always liked it. Just saw a coupe yesterday...looks so cool when the rear tailights come on...wall to wall....very nice.
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What can I say. This 1967 Skylark convertible is simply outstanding. The color, the mags, the 'vents' behind front wheel opening, perfect proportions, the subtle 'scoops' on hood, the tasteful use of chrome, slight bulging of the hood and grill at front ...and on and on.

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Seeing all these Buicks images was great! Thanks to all the posters!

HarleyEarl: Especially to you, for that '66 Buick Riviera and '67 Buick Skylark. Both gorgeous!

Earth calling GM... Figure out the essence of those two cars and instill it in all present and future Buicks! To my eyes, lots of chrome looks good (not just "touches" of it, Mr. Lutz), though the Riviera's curvy, sexy shape seems to have had or needed little. And those Buick chrome road wheels on the Riviera and Skylark were beautiful!
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Exactly 'wildcat'.....all Buick designers, executives should be required to study Buicks illustrious history and it's designs and pour over photos of past Buicks and catch the 'Buick Spirit'....and this is not just about nostalgia, it's about what this great auto company has done and could do.
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those Earl and Mitchell years are gone boys and we just wont see anything so exciteing, origional and so smoooooooooth again. The next styling era will probably be stuff that looks like a block of Swiss cheezzzzzzz!
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BTw - our high school music teacher had one of those Gold 70's Skylarks just like that picture but not the targa rag. At the same time he was finishing off a 64 Impala coupe that he had had since college. Last time I saw him about 10 years ago they were driving Subaru's :-(
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My favorite Buicks are the first 3 generations of Rivieras---esp. the '63, '66, and '71. Also, the Electras, Invictas/Wildcats, LeSabres from the early to mid '60s, and the early '70s Centurion convertibles...
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These Are the greatest photos. This should be on the Buick forum. Buick some how got lost by the late 90's. I suppose it began in the 70's
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I agree Razoredge about this being more appropriate in the Buick forum, but it states that it's for current or future Buicks only. It doesn't include past Buicks in C&G critieria.


I love how these hoods opened on these Buicks:

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the only thing cooler than those sideways opening hoods are the inline-8 engines underneath. :)
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the only thing cooler than those sideways opening hoods are the inline-8 engines underneath. :)

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You got that right. It was another example of GM doing something different than the conventional...they didn't have to do this sideways hood, but they did it anyways....I like those unusual details.
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