The 1965-1967 Buick Special was an intermediate sized thing built on the body-on-frame platform known internally at GM as the A-body, shared with the Skylark, Chevelle, Cutlass, and LeMans. If you find one of these cool wagons with the raised roof with the vista windows, it is known as a SportWagon, but without the crazy glass roof panels it just a Special. Find this 1967 Buick Special Wagon offered for $18000 in Scottsbluff, NE via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
If a 1965 isn’t the best year for automobiles of all time, then I don’t know what year is better. Take this next car, it is a Buick Skylark that still has a reasonable curb weight and clean styling (later A-Body Buicks were heavier and chunkier) but is modern enough that you don’t have to deal with wacky engineering like a late ’50s car or complex emissions equipment like ’70s junk. It should have seat belts and with the addition of dual-circuit master cylinder (and discs up front) it should be totally drivable in 2020 or 2050 or 2065. Try that with a car from any other year. Find this 1965 Buick Skylark offered for $10,900 in La Mesa, CA via craigslist.
Do you remember the Oldsmobile Special Vehicle program from the 1990s…no don’t worry, your memory isn’t going bad, you probably don’t remember it because it was a memorable as your Great Aunt Barb’s green bean casserole at Thanksgiving dinner…but think of the Silhouette OSV as if that green bean casserole had been spiked with a heavy dose of Carolina Reaper chili peppers. Because that is what Oldsmobile did at the 1999 SEMA show, they produced a few concept Olds speed machines, an Intrigue, an Alero, and a Silhouette. Somehow Oldsmobile managed to build at least 3 concept Silhouettes before the bean counters at GM’s corporate HQ shut them down and redirected them back to producing more hospital cafeteria menu cars. Regardless, you can buy one for next to nothing. Find this 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette OSV offered for $8,588 CAD ($6,717 USD) in Kelowna, BC, Canada via autotrader.ca. Shout out to Hagerty for finding this oddball.
This next car has an interesting color. I thought it looks like the color looks like a classic rotary telephone or a beige known as cosmic latte…which is what scientists argue is the net average color of the universe if you combined all the photons coming in from visible galaxies. I thought this was a profound answer to this question until Kaibeezy told me this color reminded him of his grandma — who grew up in a very poor part of the universe where tea bags would be reused 3-4 times and tea would be mostly milk (sugar added when she immigrated to America and could afford such luxury) — so the correct color of this is “very milky tea.” Find this 1961 Buick Special Sedan offered for $8000 in Westside Los Angeles, CA (or Lake Arrowhead?) via craigslist.
The there is something about the sight of an old American pickup truck that makes even the crankiest old bastard crack a smile…and a wood-sided camper shell will make that crack turn into the San Andres fault….because you can find no fault in this next beast. Find this 1970 Ford F250 Sport Custom Camper here on eBay bidding […]
For this week’s Thursday Twister, we are going to dive headfirst into the dangerous world of craigslist listings. I am a dare devil and I’ll gladly shove a q-tip into my ear canal for fun, but the one thing I’ve never done is visit a car where the seller didn’t post photos. In this day […]
This car looks familiar. But sometimes, they all look familiar, and with the flood of fabulous tips that deluge DT’s inbox each day (seriously, thanks for all the tips!) I’m never sure if I’ve seen something before. Find this 1953 Buick Special Riviera Coupe running on a Caprice Classic chassis and running gear offered for $9,500 […]
The 1949 – 1958 Buick Special is a very special car indeed. It was the first all new full postwar design from the guys at Buick and it has become emblematic of the era of the big American 2-door hardtop like no other car…(except maybe the ’57 Chevy.) Find this 1953 Buick Special Riviera Coupe […]
The 1970s were a strange time indeed for muggle, mudblood, wizard, mage, witch, squib, pure-blood, half-blood, alike. Long before JK Rowling was writing the best selling book series in history of books, a company called Chrysler tapped into the world of witchcraft and wizardry by releasing a special edition pickup known as the Warlock. Find […]
The Special returned to the Buick lineup in 1961 after a two year hiatus — but instead of being an entry level full-size, it was now a compact unibody sedan built on GM’s Y-platform. The Buick, Oldsmobile, & Pontiac “senior compacts” shared the same unibody undercarriage, suspension, and aluminum V8, but styling was up to […]