Vintage Snapshots: Buicks – In Their Best Decade, The 1950s

Buick’s golden decade was the 1950s, when its market share was at its all-time highs. They were the number three selling brand in ’55 and ’56, and typically a close number fourth behind Plymouth before those two years.

A Buick Special was the default car to buy for something a bit nicer and more prestigious than a Chevy, Ford or Plymouth without costing much more, and then one could climb the Buick ladder all the way into Cadillac territory. Buick had been the backbone of GM ever since GM was created, and it stayed that way for a mighty long time.

New York City

Checking out the new house under construction?

Stereotypical Buick owners

This is a serendipitous shot, as the Flxible Clipper bus was powered by a Buick straight eight engine.

1941 Cadillac, Buick and Olds four door convertibles. And we think the 1980s GM cars looked alike.

Suburbia in the early-mid 50s

1950 Jetback

 1950 Jetback and Studebaker Hawk

Nantucket – B. F. Coffin House

Reno, NV.

New York City

Lake Tahoe, CA.

1949 Buick woodie in front of the pioneering Burlington Zephyr at the 1949 Chicago Rail Fair