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  • 1938 Buick Y Job, penned by famed designer Harley Earl, is known today as the first concept car ever created.

  • The first production Buick was also the shortest. The 1904 Model B rode on a wheelbase of 83 inches, more than 17 inches less than a 2013 Buick Encore.

  • To date, Buick has produced more than 43 million vehicles. The first million took two decades, with the milestone touring sedan shown here rolling off the line in 1923.

  • Buick’s motorsports history includes two NASCAR titles and six Indy 500 pace cars, including the 1939 Roadmaster shown here.

  • Buick’s 110th anniversary coincides with the 1963 Riviera’s 50th. It’s considered by many as one of the most beautiful car designs ever.

  • Today’s powerful Buick engines use technology like turbocharging to combine power and efficiency, but displacement was once king. The brand’s largest engine, a 455 cubic inch V-8, was produced from 1970-75.

  • Buick’s longest car, the 1975 Buick Electra sedan, measured 233.7 inches from bumper to bumper.

  • The legendary 1987 Buick GNX was the quickest car the brand has produced, with 0-60 mph acceleration in just 4.6 seconds.

  • Buick has produced two vehicles able to hold up to 8 passengers. The 1991-1996 Roadmaster Estate and the 2013 Enclave shown here.

  • In 2013, two Buick engineers set a new top speed record for the brand when they took a 2013 Regal GS to 162 mph in a closed-course road rally.

Buick has taken the time to highlight some of the company's personal points of pride from the past 110 years. Those include everything from the automaker's very first vehicle, the 1904 Model B, to what Buick claims is the world's first concept car: The 1938 Y Job (above). That one also walked away with the worst name for a design study.

All told, the automaker has sold 43 million vehicles through the end of last year, and those include the lusty 1963 Riviera. That model celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013, and remains one of the brand's most iconic designs.

Of course, Buick is rightfully proud of its quickest model, too. The 1987 GNX managed a 4.6-second bolt to 60 mph in tests by Car and Driver, and it also took the honor of being one of the automaker's rarest creations at just 547 units. You can check out all 10 in the gallery above.


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      rjwatsonmotors
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick matters because it and Boeing airliners are about the only two things China buys from the U.S.A. Watch for the upcoming new GNX. It's bad ass!
      little b
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my buicks and i love how a lot of ppl bash them i own two 1973 Rivieras, one 1970 Riviera and a 1995 Roadmaster and love them all and the roadmaster with 280,000 miles still runs and drives like new I do think they missed the boattail Riv not many cars you can drive and ppl still ask "what car is that" its truly unique Car and so fun to drive
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have owned about ten Buicks in my life, and I grew up in them. In their heyday they were really cool cars, positioned as the smart luxury buy, just below Cadillac. I love Buick, and while I was glad they stayed around, the real reason GM kept Buick instead of Pontiac is that Buick is Big in China. Buick has made quite a comeback in the USA. They do need a halo car, like a new Riviera and a real full sized vehicle. I take it they highlighted the '75 deuce and a quarter for a reason. I had a '75 leSabre convertible and have many fond memories of driving that car. Buick, give us a mid to full sized stylish convertible, and I will buy one.
      OnTheRocks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, I'd love a new Riviera built on a modern RWD platform with an IRS and 'Vette LT1. For when the wife won't let you have a Corvette, there's the "sensible" Buick option. (wink-wink)
      CaddyV8
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always been a big Buick fan. My Dad and I have a 70 Electra 225 Convertible, an 85 Riviera and an 87 Grand National in our collection. The Electra and the Rivi are great, comfortable cruisers, and the Grand National is an absolute blast to drive. Really hope they bring back the Riviera and the GN or GNX.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical wrong info on AB......The gallery states that only the 90s Roadmaster Estate and the Enclave sat eight......the 70s Estate wagons did as well with the jump seats in back. I had a 70 Estate with 375hp 455. Does nobody at AB really have a clue? Ever hear of fact checking? It seems that nobody at AB has much passion for accuracy.
      LoneWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      The LT1 Roadmasters are seriously cool.
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting to note how designs floated around GM: The Y Job gave its fenders to Cadillac, and to the 2nd generation Lincoln Continental in 1942 -- except for the grille, it has no Buick to it. It was the personal car of Harley Earl, as I recall The Riviera, one of the most beatiful cars, is TOTALLY A CADILLAC in design, except for the taillights. Word is that Bill Mitchell wanted it to be a Cad, but the Cadillac division passed on it. Then the Rivie and the T-bird ate Cadillacs lunch with country club buyers, leading to the 1967 Eldorado I would put in the 1959 Buick hardtops -- one of which I saw being taken to the car wash before introduction. It stopped me dead in the street.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wanted: Boattail Riviera. Very hard to find one that hasn\'t been lowridered, pimped out, or otherwise \"kustomized.\"
      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always enjoy hearing from idiots who base their bias on vehicles from 20yrs ago. I guess that makes sense, it was the last time Toyota and Honda fanboys could rejoice about a new product. Buick is doing an outstanding job. I thought that Buick should have been put to pasture instead of Saturn and then move Saturn up but GM has done a great job with reviving Buick and its strength in China cannot be overlooked
        Nickoo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
        Buick should have been put to pasture in 1998 when it was clear they were a dead brand walking. Killing Oldsmobile, when it had a unique product portfolio and good brand perception instead of Buick and then again in 2008 killing Pontiac with all it's heritage instead of Buick will go down in business school as one of the worst brand management decisions of all time. Aging boomers who owned hot Pontiacs and hot Oldsmobiles are not going to relive their youth by buying any of Buick's current offerings. It's going to take at least another 5-10 years and billions of additional dollars to change the public perception of Buick, not just importing Opels and badging them as Buicks. When it comes to domestics, it is still second to last, just barely treading water above "Lincoln Motor Company". Let's not even get into the new Chevy Impala or SS *which basically kill any reason for Buick to exist at all*
          BlackandMild
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nickoo
          GM didn't kill Buick because the Buick division overseas sales are ridiculously through the roof and sales well enough to sustain the brand- Particularly the majority of these overseas sales come from China-
          Rob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nickoo
          Oldsmobile had nothing going for it when it was killed off Many variations of the \"Cutlass\" saturated the market and as the years went on there was nothing left Buick and Olds were both on life support in the USA but the fact that Buick was profitable in China is why they stayed and Olds went. Buick has come a long way sales are higher in the USA than Acura , Infiniti, and Audi and they are not that far behind MB,Lexus, and BMW now. If they stay on course the Buick division will easily hit 1 million sales a year worldwide in a short time frame
          CaddyV8
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nickoo
          I don't know if I've ever seen someone with their head so far up their ass. How do you even breath?
          carnut0913
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nickoo
          I\'ll take a Buick over any competing Lexus, Lincoln, or Acura. Its hard to beat Infiniti though. The G commands where the TL used to. GM has positioned it well.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carnut0913
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      dovegraybird
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is with the Buick haters? Reading some of these comments both gave me a good laugh and made me wonder if a quarter of the guys who comment here actually follow cars. Buick didnt turn out anything of value from 1988 to 2010? I come from a GM family, and even I admit the 90s were for the most part crap. Yet during those years, the 3800 6 designed in house made the top ten engine list more than one year, Buicks and their factories won more reliability and quality awards than any GM brand, Cadillac included. Yes, Buick was kept because of China. Lets take China out of the equation then. On top of the awards for quality, Buick per segment sold for 4-7% more then Chevy or Pontiac (Edmunds). So your telling me that if you were a CEO, going through re-organization, you'd DUMP the brand that could easily help your flagship division absorb the costs of new technology needed to compete in the 21st century? You'd also have to ignore the GM studys that minorities time after time, picked Buick as the car they inspired to own. Do you think that Shaq and Tiger are a new way to market Buicks? or did you forget Chamberlain pitching them in the late 70s? How bout the simple fact Buick was the only upmarket brand domestically that actually made money? To the Pontiac fanboys...Yes its sad Pontiac was cut, yes they had a heritage. That heritage started 50 years ago with Grand Prix and GTO, 40 years ago they were just nameplates on a hunk of metal though. You did have firebird and T/A, but the 70s sucked the testosterone out of everything. The average grocery getter of today can out perform most of what Pontiac did past 1980. Yes the G8 was hot, but it didnt sell in numbers that meant anything to the bottom line. I also think its funny, that most guys who complain that Buicks are re-badged Opels forget the G8 was a re-badge itself, and could have been the Caprice, Electra, or DeVille.
      • 2 Years Ago
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