Who can guess what this old car is?

Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:58 pm

Hey guys can any of you guess what this year and make this car is?

This car was purchased by my grandpa and grandma in 1953 and then restored back to it's original condiditon and was given to me in 1966 the day I was born. I was going throuh some pictures and found several. Sorry they aren't the best pictures, but I can't locate the better ones that are taken outdoors. The car is still in good shape but could use another restoration and everything needs to be rechromed. Still runs great and is a big eye catcher. Excuse the dust, but the color is maroon and black


I give ya one hint, this year was the very first year this manfacturer came out with the straight 8 engine, and the year they purchased the car was the last year for this straight 8 engine.

Don't let the "Flying Lady" on the radiator make you think is it's a Cadillac, because it's not, but I have the original cap in a safe place, but this original Cadillac cap looks so good on the car. Not to mention, it's been on the car more than 50 years, lol!

John Niekamp

Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:46 pm

Looks like a Buick.

Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:47 pm

1931 Buick :?:


Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:01 pm

I'm impressed, you two done good.

You are correct this is a 1931 Buick Sport roadster series 60, with the first model year straight 8 and Buick stayed with with their overhead valve engine, just added two more cylindars and also added the three speed syncro-mesh transmission.

John Niekamp

Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:23 pm

That 1931 Series 60 sport roadster is one of only 1078 built, weighed 3465 lbs, and the price started at $1335. The Series 60 cars came with a 90 hp 272.6 cid engine. But then you probably know all this :lol:

Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:53 pm

Paul B wrote:jniekamp
That 1931 Series 60 sport roadster is one of only 1078 built, weighed 3465 lbs, and the price started at $1335. The Series 60 cars came with a 90 hp 272.6 cid engine. But then you probably know all this :lol:

Yes, I did at one time, you must be a walking book of knowledge. :D It's been a long time since I have even tried to retain much knowledge on stuff like that. Gramps had the original owenr's "Bill of sale" grandpa paid 50 bucks for the car in 53 and waited outside a tavern for several hours him to come out.

Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:28 pm

Uhhhh. Actually I cheated. I knew it was a Buick, but the rest I had to look-up :lol:

Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:10 am

I wouldn't have known without the straight 8 clue. Dad had a 53 with a straight 8, so I was pretty sure it was a Buick. I had to do a little research to figure out the year. :)


Mon Feb 28, 2005 12:38 pm

Yeah, the "straight 8" hint made me think of Buick. My Dad had 3 '53's in a row. Two of them the same color. I remember the three bullet holes on the side. Didn't they go to four holes on a more expensive model?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:17 pm

We had a 55 Buick Century that had 4 holes on the side.

Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:26 pm

Bullet holes? Never had a Buick, but we did have a 52 Pontiac cheiftan with straight 8. sure would run.

Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:46 pm

Bigdog wrote:We had a 55 Buick Century that had 4 holes on the side.

I also had a '55 Buick Century with 4 holes. It was the popular 3 color paint job... the top and bottom ones were both white with blue in the center. It was a GREAT car! :lol: :lol: :)

The small "Special" engine earned a car only 3 holes. The larger "Roadmaster" engine deserved 4 holes, even though the Century had the small "special" body.

I also had a small economy car at the same time, an Aero Willys 6 cylinder with stick and overdrive. It beat the Buick by 1 MPG! :( :shock:

BTW... I think the '53 Buick was the first V-8.

Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:28 pm

Yes George you are right, from all the sale brochures and manuals I have accumulated over the years. In 53 you could get a Special S8 or the V8's in a Super or RoadMaster then in 54 the S8 was discontinued.
I really can't remember when the Skylark and Century came out, but I would guess sometime in the 50's

I myself really like the looks of the straight 8 engine and Pontiac had a really neat looking engine back in those years too.

Speaking of 53 Buick has anyone ever seen the 53 Buick Roadmaster? these are some beautiful automobiles. Nice cars but those with that big heavy cast iron automatic dynaflow transmissions could be troublesome. I had a 57 Buick Special and that transmission was always giving me problems, not to mention noisy too.


Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:42 pm

The Century appeared in 1936 when Buick adopted model names for the numbered series - Special=Series 40, Century= Series 60, Roadmaster=Series 80 etc. Century was called the factory hotrod in later years because it always had the bigger Roadmaster engine in a Special body, and by 1941 all Centurys came with "Compound Carburetion" or dual carburetors on the "Fireball 8" producing 165 hp, and as long as there were different engine sizes, the Century always had the bigger engine in the smaller body. Even the California Highway Patrol used them in the mis 50's.

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:45 am

CHP!!!!!!!! Who can ever forget Broderick Crawford in HIGHWAY PATROL?? Standing by that big Buick with the mike in his hand. I was just a kid then!