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A Special Buick

A Special Buick

Brooklin 1954 four-door hardtop
1:43 | $124.95

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Buick revamped the Special for 1954, giving it a longer wheelbase and a brand-new standard issue 264cid V8 engine. Buyers responded in record numbers, helping Buick to move past Plymouth into third place in sales for the year. Other companies model the flashier convert- ibles and hardtops, but Brooklin thrives on models of the sedans that were most often seen on the roads during the ’50s – like this very accurate ’54 Buick Special 4-Door Sedan. All our references show that they have the relatively clean lines and subtle double kick-up at the rear exactly right, while dimensions are equally accurate. The authentic two-tone Arctic White/Malibu Blue paint is glossy, with crisp separation lines. Note that while there was a thin chrome strip just above the doors, the Special’s drip rail was painted – just as Brooklin has it. The big “Sweepspear,” handles, hood, and trunk ornaments, and the Special’s identifying three “portholes,” are sepa- rate chrome-plated parts, as are bumpers, lights, and the new 1954 grille. Inside, the darker blue upholstery looks good, but there are no handles, cranks, or armrests. The speedometer face, radio panel, and switch knobs are cast in relief on the silver center section of the dash. “Big, Buick, and Brooklin” make for a great combination. — Wayne Moyer brasiliapress.com

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Updated: July 23, 2014 — 9:15 AM

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