Cohort Outtake: Dyin-A-Ride


To fans of the 1950 Buick, I issue my apologies for sharing this sorry sight. But when marlin_eightyseven posted this to the cohort, it really caught my attention.


What I’m most curious about with this car is whether or not it had any historical value when it was dumped in the Utah desert. I really hope that wasn’t the case. As a shot up hunk of metal today, it’s obviously worthless, with so little of its former grandeur visible.



Where it’s still evident, oddly enough, is in its engine block.  Buick stuck to the straight-8 a bit longer than most other manufacturers, bar Packard and Pontiac.  A little research suggests that V8s are actually smoother than inline eights at high output, and since they weighed less and took up less space, the writing was on the wall for Buick’s venerable engine, which had been around since 1931.  I’m sure more than a few people were sad to see it go, but maybe not as sad as I am to see this beautiful wreck, despite its rather picturesque setting.



Related reading:

Curbside Classic: 1952 Buick Super – Hmmm, Decisions, Decisions . . .

COAL: 1953 Buick Special Riviera

Automotive History: The Legendary Buick Nailhead V8 And The Possible Source Of Its Unusual Valve Arrangement