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November 1905.
1908. Buick Model 10. Reg No: BF 4961.
1908. Buick Model 10. Reg No: BF 4961.
November 1908. 15-20 h.p. car.
November 1908. 18-22 h.p. Valves.
1913.
1914. Buick C25 Tourer. Reg No: 183 GMO.
March 1916.
April 1916.
1917.
January 1920. Reg. P 1365.
1927. Buick Standard Six. 3,393 cc. Exhibit at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
1927.
Reg No: MH 1769.
Reg No: MH 1769.
Reg No: MH 1769.
Reg No: MH 1769.
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1930. Buick Marquette. Reg No: DS 9683.
1930. Buick Marquette. Reg No: DS 9683.
1930. Buick Marquette. Reg No: DS 9683.
1930. Buick Marquette. Reg No: DS 9683.
1930. Buick Marquette. Reg No: DS 9683.
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1934. Buick Series 50. 3,850 cc. Exhibit at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
October 1936. Empire Saloon.
October 1936. Interior of the Buick Empire Saloon.
1938. Exhibit at Portland Motor Museum.
1938. Buick Series 40. 4,066 cc. Exhibit at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
1939. Buick Series 60. 5,248 cc. Exhibit at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
1940. Buick Series 60. 5,250 cc eight cylinders in-line. Exhibit at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
1952. Buick Eight.
1952. Buick Eight (detail).
September 1987 - April 1989.
September 1987 - April 1989.
1987-1989.

Buick originated as an independent motor car manufacturer, the Buick Motor Company, incorporated on May 19, 1903 by the Scottish-American David Dunbar Buick (who invented the overhead valve engine on which the company's success was based) in Flint, Michigan. In 1904 the struggling company was taken over by James Whiting, who brought in William C. Durant to manage his new acquisition. Buick sold his stock for a small sum upon departure, and died in modest circumstances forty years later.

Durant was a natural, and Buick soon became the largest car maker in America. Using the profits from this, Durant embarked on a series of corporate acquisitions, calling the new mega-corporation General Motors.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices in the UK see the 1917 Red Book

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