The history of Buick belies its present positioning as sedate rides for retirees. General Motors owes its existence to Buick. Many of Detroit's most important and successful leaders like Walter P. Chrysler and Charlie Nash cut their auto manufacturing teeth in Flint at Buick. Automobiles like this 1941 Buick Special Convertible Coupe were flashy, fast, luxurious and reliable. Its "valve-in-head" Fireball Dynaflash Eight with Compound Carburetion (dual carburetors) developed 125 horsepower and made it one of the fastest production cars on the road in the Forties. It has been restored to prize winning condition, earning its Senior AACA National First Prize in 1998 and taking a Silver Award at the 2001 Buick Nationals. The overhead valve inline eight is hooked up to a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission and the Buick, despite being the base Special model, is equipped with spotlight, radio, dual outside rear view mirrors, skirts, power top, wide whitewall tires, fog lights and bumper guards. The jack, tool roll, lug wrench and spare are tucked away in the trunk where they belong. Among many delights in the 1941 Buick's design is the dashboard which is lavishly engine turned and features a clock that balances the speedometer by mimicking its appearance and graphic design. This Buick is done and done right. It has been judged by specialists and found to meet their standards.
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