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Ralph's Buick: 1955

Ralph's Buick: 1955

May 30, 1955. "Dan and Richie in Ralph's Buick." From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachromes, many taken around Rochester, New York. View full size.

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Panoramic Windshield

I will never forget the ads for the 54 models of General Motors cars including the Buick that advertised the first wrap-around windshields. Chevrolet got their Panoramic Windshields on the 55 models.

Buick scan

Oh David . . .this scan captures so much. I feel like I am standing right there.



Wow, I looked at that picture and thought there were only 2 guys in the front seat--but there are 3, with plenty of room. What a whale of a car!

Dave, I'm in awe...

Of what you've done with Shorpy and of your automotive knowledge! Very nicely done on both counts!

[I majored in Forensic Buickology. Thank you. - Dave]

1955 Buick Special

The slanted A-pillar, along with the sheetmetal crease behind the door, tells you it's a Special or a Century. 1954 or 1955. The background of the trim ring at lower right being body color and not red tells you it's a 1955 model. Yanking the slide out of the paper mount shows the top part of the squared-off "S" of the Special logo (below). Roadmaster, Super and Century all had four Ventiports for 1955. The Special had three.

1954 Buick

Though I can't see enough of it to tell if it is a Century (three front fender portholes, called "Ventiports") or a Roadmaster (four Ventiports).

It is not a Skylark - the emblem (in the lower right corner of the photo) is too high. There were only 836 Skylarks - all ragtops - built in '54.

What a great color combo - silver, with a black top and white "gut" (interior)!

Ralph's Buick

Where's Ralph?

[In the driver's seat. - Dave]

Detroit steel!

Man! Nothing like a ride in a Buick.

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