Friday, July 15, 2011

San Francisco Street Sighting - 1965 Buick Special

Following the 1964 Olds F-85 Cutlass is a similar car from its sister division, Buick. This is a 1965 Buick Special. I've always found it unusual that Buick would name their lowest-priced model the "Special", since that name would connote something, well, special about it. Perhaps what was special was that the cheapest car offered buyers a modest mid-sized platform which could then be tailored to the buyer's needs and desires after the fact, without charging extra for all the bells and whistles of the fancier Skylark or larger luxury models. Buyers could make the car special on their own.

The owner of this car seems to have done a few interesting things with it, turning it into a budget muscle car. Unfortunately he appears to be fighting a tough battle against the body damage that impacts (no pun intended) every corner and almost every panel. The entire vehicle wears a coat of gray primer and the body filler on the right quarter panel makes me wonder how much steel is actually there. At the same time though, despite the beaten exterior he might have a 300 cubic inch Buick V8 underhood, or maybe a Chevy 327 from a contemporary Malibu (same basic car), or even a GM crate 350 with a four-speed. He may have great plans for this car. Or maybe it's just a fun cruiser that makes a lot of noise and can be parked on the street without fear or guilt. If he can get the body straightened out it should be a nice little car - not to mention a less commonly seen alternative to the Chevy.

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