5 GREATEST BUICKS OF ALL TIME
As the oldest automaker in the US, Buick has a great history of firsts in the automotive industry. It was the first automaker to build a production engine with overhead valves in 1904 and the first race winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway . We also have Buick to thank for as far as turn signals are concerned as it was the first autobrand to build these. This is why despite being owned General Motors, Buick still remains a popular and important name in the auto industry. Over the years, the brand has designed and produced some amazing cars and we look at the fastest and most powerful Buicks to have graced the last two centuries.
1909 Buick Model 10 Racer
Even though the Buick Model 10 Racer was built after the highly popular Model 10, it was nothing short of a sensational race track car during its time This open-wheel racer dominated the American race tracks for a while and was highly popularized by the legendary Buick Racing Team that was assembled by Bob Burman. The Buick Model 10 Racer won the first ever race at Indianapolis and many other races building Buick’s reputation for creating highly reliable cars.
1910 Buick Bugs
Buick Model 60 is also called the Special 60 or just the Buick Bug in the automotive industry. This car was produced in a record three weeks and had a 622 ci 4-cylinder with independent braking systems and a cowl. The body of the Buick Bug was quite imposing. Nonetheless, unlike the Model 10 Racer that was clocking an average 53 mph during its races, the Bugs could only manage 110mph. It was also a difficult car to handle with drivers being forced to manually operate the pumps that deliver pressurized oil and gas to the engine. The side exhaust pipes were also a major fail as they billowed smoke right into the drivers’ faces. In spite of all these shortcomings and poor performance, Burman managed to break some major records with this race car.
The 1936 Buick Century
The 1936 Buick Century was named century because it was the first Buick passenger car to pass the 100mph mark. It replaced the Series 60 and was redesigned to bear the stylish Art deco design coupled with the then new 320ci inline-eight engine from “Dynaflash 8” that produced 120hp. With all these features, Century quickly gained popularity as the fastest Buick of its era.
The 1970 Buick GSX
The 1970 Buick GSX was an instant hit for many reasons. It had a powerful 455 cubic-inch V8 engine that delivered more than 360 hp with a torque of 510 pound-feet at just 2,800rpm. As if that was not enough, the Buick GSX came with a four-speed manual transmission complete with a tachometer mounted on its hood. To top this, it had a beautiful exterior with the options of white or a bold yellow combined with either a standard black hood or side stripes. It was loved for its beauty and powerful drive.
The 1971 Buick Riviera
The 1971 Buick Riviera gave meaning to the adage “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. The design of the Big Riv, as it was popularly referred to, definitely split hairs over its looks. Some Buick fans were least impressed with the bold and aggressive design that stretched the familiar spear-shaped body side by 217 inches. Despite this, the Buick Riviera still turns heads to date, showing that the risk was well worth it.