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The History of Buick

The History of Buick

Buick Motor Division was created in 1903.  The founder David Dunbar Buick started his career by building gasoline engines  The first automobile of Buick was first created between 1899 and 1900 but the tradition of Buick dates back to 1903 when the company had moved from Detroit to Flint Michigan

Buick has been known for being a product innovator when they were the first to create the overhead valve engine which became competition for the world automotive market

In 1940, Chris Sinsabaugh, who as a newspaperman had covered the automobile industry from its inception, reflected that “Buick was the first real success of the automobile industry and did more to promote the industry’s well-being in terms of public education, engineering advancement, and manufacturing progress than perhaps any other company” From Buick History.com

In the summer of 1904, the company built the first Flint Buick. David Buick’s son took it on a test run to Detroit and back to Flint in July. The test was a success that Whiting’s group ordered production to start. Buick began production with the Model B that summer and built 37 cars by the end of 1904. When the company ran into financial problems that fall, and the  Whiting turned to one of Flint’s other carriage builders for help which was the Durant-Dort Carriage Company.  They were the largest producers of horse-drawn vehicles in the country at the time

Billy Durant went to the New York Auto Show in 1905. He was a seasoned sales person.  By the end of the show, he took orders for 1000 Buicks to be made when in the past the company only built 40

In the year of 1908, the production for Buick grew to more than 8,000 units.  On the success of growth, Durant created the holding company now known as General Motors

Buick continued to make strides in the 20th century, both within the luxury vehicle segment and the auto industry as a whole. The Century came in the early 1920s and led to two decades of large, powerful Buicks that included the popular Roadmaster and the Special.

Buick celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1953 by releasing the Roadmaster Skylark Convertible, and the Buick V8 engine was introduced later that same year. The following two decades saw Buick shift to a more performance car format, which included plenty of hot rods and convertibles with sharp, sleek design cues.

Since that time, Buick has devoted its time to developing roomy, comfortable and luxurious sedans and SUVs. Over the past three decades, cars like the Park Avenue and the Roadmaster defined the large luxury sedan market, while the Rainer and the Terraza SUVs brought power and space. Today, Buick’s five-vehicle line – the Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and the Encore and Enclave SUVs – offer a wide range of luxury options, each providing its own unique specs and interior features.

Over the years, Buick has become known for many defining style characteristics and innovations. Some of these include:

  • The Buick Trishield – Buick’s logo was first created to reflect Buick founder David Dunbar Buick’s familial coat of arms.
  • VentiPorts – Holes or vents began to show up on the front left and right sides of Buick cars in the 40s and 50s that were meant to resemble airplane features. The VentiPorts are still a feature of Buicks today, including the Enclave, LaCrosse and Regal.
  • Waterfall Grille – One of the most recognizable design features for Buicks today is the Waterfall grille consisting of many small vertical chrome bars.

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