Madison Avenue professionals latched onto the fascination with jets all through the ‘50s and the cover of the sales brochure for the ‘58 Buick included the image of a delta-winged Convair B-58 Hustler and titled it “The Air Born B-58 Buick.”
“Larger” was indeed accomplished in the ‘58 Limited as Buick designers literally spliced an additional eight inches into the rear deck of the already humongous Buick Roadmaster creating a cavernous trunk. That was good news for family vacationers, but bad news as it made the Limited a notorious “tail dragger” and every driveway approach became a nerve-racking challenge. Buick’s non-compulsory “Air Poise” suspension presented promise in those scenarios. It might be known as upon on the pull of a touch fastened regulate, lifting the automobile up a complete 5.5 inches.
The 1958 GM automobiles introduced with them new glass and sheet steel, in most cases characterised by way of a heavier, extra sculptured glance. And oh, that chrome! By 1958, GM had reached the top in chrome and stainless shiny paintings and Buick took first position on this doubtful class. The department additionally resurrected an previous fashion designation, the Limited. The identify have been used from 1936 thru 1942, however in the ones days, bric-a-brac was once “limited” and the designation essentially denoted a bigger frame and longer wheelbase.
“Faster” was once achieved due to Buick’s 300 h.p. B-1200 engine, a 364 cu. in. monster V-8 with a Rochester Quadrajet — the biggest 4-barrel carburetor within the trade. “Smoother” was once delivered by way of a brand spanking new model of Buick’s “Dynaflow” transmission.
CORRECTION: In the remaining version of the OCC, in regards to the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sports activities sedan, I inadvertently indexed the landlord of Old School Automotive as David Crown. The proprietor’s identify is in fact, Adam Crown. Sorry for any confusion this will have brought about.
UPCOMING EVENTS: We hope to look you on the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri’s, Father’s Day Car Show on the National Museum of Transportation on June 19. You can discuss with the web page for the museum to buy raffle tickets to win a restored 1924 Ford Model T Coupe, donated by way of Greg Rom. Our TKCS-STL sales space welcomes children to paint pages of customized automobiles.
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Bruce Kunz is contributing car author for Brand Ave. Studios