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10 Killer Buick Luxury and Cars

Throughout the history of the automobile, there have carmakers that have luxury – Cadillac and Lincoln, for – and there have been that have provided But no American automaker has so effectively performance and luxury as Buick. its history, Buick has provided car buyers with engaging dynamics, speed and acceleration. a look at Buick’s performance

Buick Series 60 Century to 1942)

One could argue the 1936 Buick Series 60 was the prototype for cars like the Rocket 88, and all the other cars would influence the muscle car Prior to 1936, Series (Series 40, Series 50, Series 60, 90) had a range of engines with horsepower as you climbed the Series But in 1936, all the Series Buicks got the engine: a 320-cu.in. overhead Straight 8.

With 120hp, the Series 60 Century could run at a feat that few other in its price class could As the years went on, the Series 60 got more and more performance, ending up with 165hp prior to World War II. The Series 60 was the car to beat in this class, both serious performance and to match.

1954 Buick

For several years following the Buick was like many manufacturers, delivering slightly versions of its prewar cars. But in Buick introduced an all-new “Nailhead” V-8 in the full luxury The next year, the Century and with it came the Roadmaster’s new 255hp mill, providing the of the Buick Special with the performance

PHOTOS: Click to See Galleries of the 1955 Buick

In 1955, Buick redesigned the Dynaflow transmission into that could deliver the true performance potential to the wheels. It was such a performance that the California Highway ordered a fleet of Buick models for use as pursuit cars. Buick Centurys matched the exceptional performance with leather interiors, and features power windows and an optional dash.

1962 Buick

As a means of competing against the Marauder, the Pontiac Grand and the Chevrolet Impala, Buick the Wildcat, the first Buick of the to signal that performance was as important as luxury and style. The was a subseries of the Buick Invicta, a shorter “sport coupe” The high-performance 401-cu.in.

V8 churned out and a stout 445-lb.ft. of torque was called out nicely on the Wildcat’s air

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The Wildcat featured a host of upgrades that might common today, but were exciting for the period: Bucket a console with a floor for the Dynaflow transmission, and a tachometer. It got the more expensive Invicta’s and an emblem featuring a Wildcat’s on each of the rear sail Signaling its luxury intent, the featured three ventiports the year of production, like the and the LeSabre.

1965 Buick Gran Sport

While DeLorean was getting all the credit for the “muscle car” at Pontiac, the kind of development was happening at In 1965, Buick introduced the Sport, the performance trim of the Skylark lineup. Under the was the descendant of the 322-cu.in. Nailhead, the

Since General Motors had a displacement cap of 400-cu.in. the 401 was called The engine produced a solid but more remarkable was the torque, at 445-lb.ft. “It rides smoothly,” the 1965 Buick brochure, it’s styled inside and out to to your sense of the opulent.” seats, air conditioning, cruise tilt wheel and “Hi-Fidelity were all available to gentlemen car drivers.

Click to see Full of 1965 Buick Riviera Sport

In the first year of – 1965 – Buick sold Skylarks with the Gran option package, some Reynolds Buick in Los Angeles, ran a dealer-sponsored drag racing In 1965, Lennie Kennedy a 1965 Skylark Gran through the ¼ mile in 13.42 at

1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

The Sport became its own trim – rather than an option – in 1967, and was completely revised with the rest of the GM A-Body in 1968. Performance increased until its zenith in 1970, the arrival of the Buick GSX Stage 1.

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The Nailhead engine bowed out for the model year, but it wasn’t the corporate displacement mandate that the Gran Sport came into its own. The GSX a behemoth 7.4-liter V8, good for and an astounding 510-lb.ft. of torque. off the showroom floor, a 3,810 GSX could run a 13.38 ET at 105.5

 Part of its performance advantage was the engine itself was 150 pounds than Chevrolet’s 454.

A dealer-installed “Stage 2” package headers, a performance intake a hotter cam, hollow and high compression forged The parts came shipped in the of the car.

Saturn Yellow and White GSXs featured interiors with a host of offered as optional on the rest of the line.

1978 Turbo Sport Coupe

The 1978 Regal was a sales car for Buick. A whole lot of Regals through with small-block but in order to preserve V-8-style and offer decent fuel Buick introduced the Turbo Sport Coupe. It debuted the larger LeSabre Sport that could also be with the turbocharged, 165hp, V-6.

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It was the of real production of a turbocharged V-6 for Buick and it was literally ahead of its In 1978, computer controlled were far in the future, and turbocharging forced the fuel/air mixture a four-barrel carburetor.

1984 Grand National

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The Grand began as essentially an appearance on a Turbo Sport Coupe in 1982. That year, 215 ever left  the factory, and would feature a 125hp of Buick’s 4.1-liter V-6. a few had the 175hp version of the 3.8-liter

Click to See Full Galleries of the Grand National

The Grand wouldn’t really become a icon until 1984, Buick added Sequential Injection (SFI) to replace the carburetor. It boosted the Grand up to 200hp. That may sound a run-of-the-mill passenger car today, but in the Cross-Fire injected Corvette delivered 205hp.

1987 GNX

The GNX was a collector’s item right off the floor. For the $29,900 MSRP tag, GNX buyers were to ASC-McLaren modifications including Goodyear Gatorback tires, diameter wheels, and engine that brought the V-6 up to an advertised and a titanic 360-lb.ft. of torque contemporary road tests that both of those were significantly underrated.)

With a price tag nearly that of a “standard” Grand the GNX also featured a lot of rare like a special silver jacket, and a custom-bound book by legendary performance publisher Schorr.


2014 Buick GS

The Regal GS boldly announces its with signature front and styling—and raises expectations the ECOTEC 2.0L high turbocharged engine offering torque than Acura TSX V-6 and A4 Sport.

Tuned to deliver a 259-hp and 295 lb.-ft of torque at 3000 rpm, the big news for is the availability of a GS with a Haldex drive system, along GS Sport and GS driving modes.

Buick LaCrosse

The 2014 LaCrosse is the result of more a century of commitment to driving and luxury. While it provides the performance Buick customers come to expect, it s also an estimated 25 percent increase in economy (25 city/36 highway), to Buick eAssist engine The transmission also features on downshifts in manual mode.

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Inside the LaCrosse a  center stack with a IntelliLink† voice-controlled infotainment system, accents and gorgeous wood The Ultra Luxury interior doubles down on the elegance a combination of deep red leather and black accents, as well as a headliner, and an even more grade of leather on the seating

†  Full functionality requires BlueFull functionality requires Bluetooth and Smartphone. Some require USB connectivity. Data rates apply. Go to gmtotalconnect.com to out which phones are compatible the vehicle.tooth and Smartphone. Some require USB connectivity.

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