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Established in 1902, and among the most seasoned vehicle brands on the planet. It began as the Buick Motor Company, an independent auto maker, and was incorporated by Scottish David Dunbar Buick in Detroit, Michigan on May 19, 1903. The first two Buick autos were manufactured in 1899 and 1900 by Walter Marr, chief-engineer however David Buick was hesitant to start making cars, being happy with stationary and production of marine engines, so Marr left Buick in 1901 to establish his own car organization under his own name. Eugene Richard, was his replacement who in 1902 applied for a patent for Marr's valve-in-head motor, which patent, number 771,095, was granted to Richard fin 1904 in the name of Buick This was first overhead valve internal combustion motor in the world, despite the fact that it was called "valve-in-head" in light of the fact that the cylinders were level so the valves were not really "overhead." In 1903, the third Buick car was made, this time by Richard, yet Buick moved to Flint, Michigan in 1904, and Richard remained behind. Marr was rehired as the chief engineer at Flint, to begin producing cars. That year, 37 Buick vehicles were manufactured and in 1905,production increased to 750, in 1906, 1,400,in 1906, 4,641 and 8,800 in 1908, grabbing the number one spot from close contenders Oldsmobile, Ford, and Maxwell.

David Dunbar Buick incorporated his organization on May 19, 1903 as the Buick Motor Company , in Detroit, Michigan. In March, 1904, the organization was acquired by Benjamin Briscoe, who turned around and sold it to James H. Whiting proprietor of Flint Wagon Works, in Flint, Michigan. That mid year, Whiting moved Buick to Flint to an area across the road from his manufacturing plant, with an idea to add Buick's motors to his wagons. David Buick remained as manager, and re-employed Walter Marr as chief engineer. The motor Buick and Marr produced for this car was a 2-cyinder valve-in-head motor of 159 cubic inches, with every cylinder horizontal and opposed one another by 180 degrees. Whiting constructed just a couple cars in 1904, by bringing Buick motors back across the road where his employees shoehorned them into his wagons, before coming up short on money, making him seek William C. Durant in 1904 as controlling investor. Durant was also co-owner, of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company, which was the biggest carriage-producing organization in the country. Durant put in the following 4 years transforming Buick into the greatest selling car brand in the United States. David Buick sold his stock upon in 1906 upon leaving, and passed away in unassuming conditions half a century later. In 1907, Durant consented to supply engines to R. S. McLaughlin in Canada, a car manufacturer, and in 1908 he established General Motors.

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Buick 60 Century 1st generation (1936-1942)

1936 Buick Century Sport Coupe
1936 Buick Century Sport Coupe
1937 Buick Century Sedan
1937 Buick Century Sedan
1938 Buick Century Sedan
1938 Buick Century Sedan
1939 buick century sport phaeton convertible
1939 buick century sport phaeton convertible
1940 Buick Century Convertible
1940 Buick Century Convertible
1941 Buick Century Sedan
1941 Buick Century Sedan
1942 Buick Century
1942 Buick Century

Buick Century is the model name used by Buick for a line of upscale performance cars from 1936 to 1942 and 1954 to 1958, and from 1973 to 2005 for a mid-size car. Originally, the Series 60 had a six-cylinder 331.4 cu in engine, developing 99 bhp at 2,800 rpm. It had, at the beginning of the generation, a full-length running board denoting the top model for Buick at the time. In 1930, GM built 38,180 cars. The bodystyles available were torpedo, sedan, coupe, and roadster convertible, using GM's "B-body" platform.

Buick 60 Century 2nd generation (1954-1958)

1954 Buick Century Convertible
1954 Buick Century Convertible
1955 Buick Century Riveria 4 Door Hardtop
1955 Buick Century Riveria 4 Door Hardtop
1956 Buick Century Riveria 2 Door Hardtop
1956 Buick Century Riveria 2 Door Hardtop
1957 Buick Century Convertible
1957 Buick Century Convertible
1958 Buick Century Convertible
1958 Buick Century Convertible
In 1954, Buick reintroduced the Century using the same formula of mating the smaller, lighter Buick Special body to its largest and most powerful 322 cubic inch V8 engine, with the intent of giving Buick a performance vehicle. Included in the model lineup during this period was a station wagon model, a body style that had been unavailable during the Century's first production period of 1936 to 1942.

Buick 60 Century 3rd generation (1973-1977)

1973 Buick Century Coupe
1973 Buick Century Coupe
1974 Buick Century Luxus
1974 Buick Century Luxus
1975 Buick Century Regal
1975 Buick Century Regal
1976 Buick Century
1976 Buick Century
1977 Buick Century Custom Landau Coupe
1977 Buick Century Custom Landau Coupe
The Buick Century nameplate was revived for the 1973 model year on the rear-wheel drive intermediate A-body platform, which was redesigned for this year. The name replaced Skylark for Buick's mid-sized cars. The Century Regal coupe was added at the top of the model range, and later became a separate series, dropping the Century name. It was available with two- and four-barrel versions of the Buick 350, putting out 150 and 175 hp, respectively. The 225 hp  455 was also an option. The base Century and Century 350 coupes had a fastback roof with large rear quarter glass, while the Century Luxus featured a more formal notchback roofline with narrow opera windows.

Buick 60 Century 4th generation (1978-1981)

1978 Buick Century Custom Sedan
1978 Buick Century Custom Sedan
1979 Buick Century Turbo Coupe
1979 Buick Century Turbo Coupe
1980 Buick Century Estate
1980 Buick Century Estate
1981 Buick Century Sedan
1981 Buick Century Sedan
In January 1982, another downsized Century arrived, this time on the front-wheel drive A platform, in coupe and sedan forms. In October 1983, a station wagon was added to the lineup to replace the departed Regal wagon. The 1984 model year also had an Olympic version of the Buick Century, commemorating the 1984 games in Los Angeles, California. In 1985, all 1986 versions were "freshened" with a new, more angular front fascia.

Buick 60 Century 5th generation (1982-1996)

1982 Buick Century Sedan
1982 Buick Century Sedan
1983 Buick Century Sedan
1983 Buick Century Sedan
1984 Buick Century Limited
1984 Buick Century Limited
1985 Buick Century 4 Door Wagon
1985 Buick Century 4 Door Wagon
1986 Buick Century Gran Sport
1986 Buick Century Gran Sport
1992 Buick Century Sedan
1992 Buick Century Sedan
1993 Buick Century Sedan
1993 Buick Century Sedan
1994 Buick Century Sedan
1994 Buick Century Sedan
1995 Buick Century Sedan
1995 Buick Century Sedan
1996 Buick Century Sedan
1996 Buick Century Sedan
the Century was redesigned for the last time in December 1996. The four-door sedan was the only body style offered (the station wagon was dropped due to decreasing sales), and was still a front-wheel drive, V6-powered configuration. Plainer "Custom" and fancier "Limited" trim levels were carried over from the previous generation. The redesign moved Centurys to the W-body platform, rejoining its former Regal sibling. In this generation, the Century and Regal were nearly the same car, distinguished only by seating configurations, trim and engine differences

Buick 60 Century 6th generation (1997-2005)

1997 Buick Century Limited
1997 Buick Century Limited
1998 Buick Century Sedan
1998 Buick Century Sedan
1999 Buick Century Sedan
1999 Buick Century Sedan
2000 Buick Century Sedan
2000 Buick Century Sedan
2005 Buick Century
2005 Buick Century
The Buick Century nameplate was revived for the 1973 model year on the rear-wheel drive intermediate A-body platform, which was redesigned for this year. The name replaced Skylark for Buick's mid-sized cars. The Century Regal coupe was added at the top of the model range, and later became a separate series, dropping the Century name. It was available with two- and four-barrel versions of the Buick 350, putting out 150 and 175 hp, respectively. The 225 hp 455 was also an option. The base Century and Century 350 coupes had a fastback roof with large rear quarter glass, while the Century Luxus featured a more formal notchback roofline with narrow opera windows.

Replaced by the Buick LaCrosse

Buick 50 Super (1939–1958)

1940 Buick Super
1940 Buick Super
1941 Buick Super Phaeton
1941 Buick Super Phaeton
1942 Buick Super
1942 Buick Super
1946 Buick Super Convertible
1946 Buick Super Convertible
1947 Buick Super Sedanette
1947 Buick Super Sedanette
1948 Buick Super
1948 Buick Super
1949 Buick Super
1949 Buick Super
1950 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1950 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1951 Buick Super Sedan
1951 Buick Super Sedan
1952 Buick Super Riviera Sedan
1952 Buick Super Riviera Sedan
1953 Buick Super Convertible
1953 Buick Super Convertible
1954 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1954 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1955 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1955 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1957 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1957 Buick Super Riviera Hardtop
1958 Buick Super
1958 Buick Super
The Buick Super is a full-sized automobile produced from the 1940 through the 1958 model years (excluding WW II). In 1955 the Super was a larger Buick, with vertical windshield posts and four VentiPorts per fender, It was built on Buick's larger body shared with the Roadmaster and was replaced by the Riviera in 1964. Super returned as a performance trim level on V8-powered LaCrosse and Lucerne sedans from 2008 until 2011.

Buick Invicta (1959–1963)

1959 Buick Invicta
1959 Buick Invicta
1960 Buick Invicta Station Wagon
1960 Buick Invicta Station Wagon
1960 Buick Invicta Station Wagon
1961 Buick Invicta 4 Door Hardtop
1962 Buick Invicta Convertible
1962 Buick Invicta Convertible
The Buick Invicta is a full-size automobile produced by Buick from 1959 to 1963. The Invicta was a continuation of the Buick Century concept that mated the standard size Buick LeSabre (pre-1959, Buick Special) body with Buick's larger 401 cubic inch Nailhead V8 engine, yielding what was referred to as "the banker's hot rod." The name was derived from Latin and signified 'unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable, unvanquished' according to Buick Motor Division sales training materials. The Wildcat would replace the Invicta four-door hardtop, two-door coupe, and convertible in 1963. The Invicta series had a 6-passenger station wagon as its sole model. Only 3,495 Invicta station wagons were built for 1963, after which the name disappeared.

Buick Electra six generations (1959–1990)

The Buick Electra is a full-size luxury car that was built from 1959 to 1990. Harlow H. Curtice, former president of the Buick division and later president of General Motors, named the car after his sister-in-law, Electra Waggoner Biggs. During its more than 30-year run, Electra was offered in varying body styles including coupe, convertible, sedan, and station wagon. It was rear-wheel drive from 1959 to 1984 and then converted to front-wheel drive (except station wagon) in 1985. The Electra was replaced by the Park Avenue in 1991.

Buick Electra 1st generation (1959–1960)

1959 Buick Electra Convertible
1959 Buick Electra Convertible
1960 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
1960 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
For years, the Super and the Roadmaster constituted the upper echelon of Buick's lineup. The Limited, even more luxurious than the Roadmaster, returned for 1958. For 1959, the former two were renamed the Electra and the Electra 225 respectively, and the last was discontinued for being unsuccessful. The appearance was shared with two other Buick models, the mid-level Invicta and the entry level LeSabre. The Electra 225 nameplate was a nod to the latter car's overall length of over 225 inches, earning it the street name "deuce and a quarter.

Buick Electra 2nd generation (1961–1964)

1961 Buick Electra Riviera Hardtop
1961 Buick Electra Riviera Hardtop
1962 Buick Electra Riviera Hardtop
1962 Buick Electra Riviera Hardtop
1963 Buick Electra Convertible
1963 Buick Electra Convertible
1964 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
1964 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
The Electra, along with the Invicta and LeSabre, was redesigned for 1961 with drastically shrunken fins, and was joined with the all-new compact sized Skylark/Special. Electras featured bright rocker panel and wheelhouse moldings. Four VentiPorts per front fender were a hallmark, with identification spelled out on the front fender plaques. Electra 225s had four "hash marks" interrupting behind the wheelhouse of the rear fender. Electra 225 nameplates were found on the front fenders. Electra interiors were trimmed in fabric. Electra 225s were trimmed in Calais cloth or leather trim, except for convertibles which were trimmed in vinyl. An optional Custom interior featured leather trim, while another featured vinyl with contrasting vertical stripes and front bucket seats with a storage consolex and power two-way seat adjustment.

Buick Electra 3rd generation (1965–1970)

1965 Buick Electra Convertible
1965 Buick Electra Convertible
1966 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1966 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1967 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1967 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1968 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1968 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1969 Buick 225 Electra Convertible
1969 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
1970 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1970 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
All GM passenger vehicles received a major redesign in 1965 dominated by flowing "Coke bottle" lines and fastback roof profiles on its coupe models, and the 6 window-body style was eliminated. For 1965, Buick also changed its marketing strategy and offering the Electra 225 in two trim levels, base and Custom. Along with the new body came a new chassis with a full perimeter frame including side rails that replaced the previous "X" frame used since 1961. Engine offerings were unchanged from 1964 including the standard 325 hp 401 V8, and two versions of the larger 425 V8 that were rated at 340 hp with a four-barrel carburetor or 360 hp with two four barrels. The three-speed Super Turbine 400 automatic transmission was standard equipment. A new body style introduced for 1965 was the thin-pillar 4-door sedan, which featured frameless window glass with a thin, chrome fixed "B" pillar.

Buick Electra 4th generation (1971–1976)

1971 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1971 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1972 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1972 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1973 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1973 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1974 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1974 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1975 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1975 Buick Electra 225 Riviera Hardtop
1976 Buick Electra Limited
1976 Buick Electra Limited
Like the other GM brands, Buick completely restyled its B-body and C-body cars for 1971. The full-size cars emerged larger and heavier than ever before or after. The new GM full-size bodies, at 64.3" front shoulder room and 63.4" rear shoulder room set a record for interior width that would not be matched by any car until the full-size GM rear-wheel drive models of the early to mid 1990s. The styling featured curved bodysides, long hoods and wide expanses of glass. All Electra 225s were hardtops in the 1971 to 1973 model years, eliminating the previous four-door pillared sedan variant and the convertible. In 1974 Buick adopted GM's pillared coupe body and fitted it with the "Landau" option on the Electra Limited coupe. Optional driver and passenger airbags were also available from 1974 to 1976, but they were unpopular due to their cost.

Buick Electra 5th generation (1977–1984)

1977 Buick Electra 225 Coupe
1977 Buick Electra 225 Coupe
1978 Buick Electra Limited Sedan
1978 Buick Electra Limited Sedan
1979 Buick Electra 225 Coupe
1979 Buick Electra 225 Coupe
1980 Buick Electra
1980 Buick Electra
1981 Buick Electra Limited Sedan
1981 Buick Electra Limited Sedan
1982 Buick Electra 225 Sedan
1982 Buick Electra 225 Sedan
1983 Buick Electra Park Avenue
1983 Buick Electra Park Avenue
1984 Buick Electra Park Avenue
1984 Buick Electra Park Avenue
GM downsized all C-body cars in 1977, including the Electra. It lost over 11 inches in length and quite a bit of weight too. The car was totally redesigned, but still offered base 225 and Limited trims, plus a top-line Park Avenue option package, which became available on the coupe. The console option in the Park Avenue was gone, never to return to the rear wheel drive Electra. The downsized model brought increased sales, with 161,627 Electras produced in 1977. Hardtops were no longer produced; all models now had thick "B" pillars.

Buick Electra 6th generation (1985–1990)

1985 Buick Electra Station Wagon
1985 Buick Electra Station Wagon
1986 Buick Electra Sedan
1986 Buick Electra Sedan
1987 Buick Electra Park Avenue
1987 Buick Electra Park Avenue
1989 Buick Electra Sedan
1989 Buick Electra Sedan
1990 Buick Electra
1990 Buick Electra
In 1985, a redesigned front-wheel drive Electra debuted with the new C body which was further downsized compared to the previous generation. Despite its notably smaller exterior, interior dimensions remained largely the same as the prior generation, though forgoing all V8 engines. Sales began in April 1984, alongside the previous rear-wheel-drive model, which had ceased production that month. It was initially powered by a carbureted 3.0 liter Buick V6 engine, a fuel injected 3.8 liter Buick V6 engine, or a 4.3 liter Oldsmobile diesel V6 engine. Each used a 4-speed automatic transmission with a 0.70:1 overdrive gear. The 3.0 liter V6 and 4.3 liter diesel V6 were no longer offered after 1985. The long running Electra name was dropped from Buick's lineup at the end of the 1990 model year. Starting in 1991, the Park Avenue became a distinct model instead of a trim designation. The last Electra rolled off the assembly line on August 3, 1990.

Buick LeSabre 8 generations (1959-2005)

The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by General Motors from 1959 to 2005. Prior to 1959, this position had been retained by the full-size Buick Special model (1936–58). The name originated with the 1951 GM Le Sabre show car designed by Harley Earl; that car is often mistakenly attributed to the Buick division but in fact it was presented as a GM vehicle without reference to a specific GM division. Buick closely related their 1956-1957 models to the GM LeSabre by replicating the top section of the rear wing into their design. Replaced by the Buick Lucerne

Buick LeSabre 1st generation (1959-1960)

1959 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1959 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible
LeSabre and all other 1959 Buicks not only got new names, but all-new styling as well, adopting the new GM B- and C-body used on all of the corporation's full-sized cars (the larger C-body used in the Electra as well as the Oldsmobile 98 and all Cadillacs was basically a stretched out B-body rather than a distinct body and chassis for 1959–60). Wheelbases increased by one inch on all models. The new styling included slanted headlights in front along with a chromey square grille somewhat similar to the 1958 Buick and "Delta-wing" fins back along with round taillights. The appearance was shared with two other Buick models, the mid-level Invicta and the top model Electra.

Buick LeSabre 2nd generation (1961–1964)

1961 Buick LeSabre 4 Door Hardtop
1961 Buick LeSabre 4 Door Hardtop
1962 Buick LeSabre 4 Door Sedan
1962 Buick LeSabre 4 Door Sedan
1963 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1963 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1964 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
1964 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
LeSabre and all other full-sized Buicks (joined by the compact Special this year) were completely restyled for 1961 featuring finless rear ends, more restrained use of chrome, and boxier sheetmetal. Wheelbases remained at 123 inches (3,100 mm) but the new cars were slightly downsized in both length and width, and rode on a new X-frame chassis which included a conventional rear axle and driveshaft replacing the decades-old torque tube design. Inside were revised instrument panels retaining the "Mirrormatic" speedometer and new upholstery trims. The Station Wagons received an all-vinyl interior as standard, with the regular cloth/vinyl combination interior available as an option

Buick LeSabre 3rd generation (1965–1970)

1965 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
1965 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
1966 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1966 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1967 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
1967 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
1968 Buick LeSabre 4 Door Sedan
1968 Buick LeSabre 4 Door Sedan
1970 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
1970 Buick LeSabre 2 Door Hardtop
LeSabre and other full-sized Buicks were completely restyled for the 1965 model year, featuring more rounded bodylines and Coke-bottle profiles with semi-fastback rooflines on two-door hardtop coupes. Wheelbases remained at 123 inches, but a new perimeter frame shared with other GM B-body cars replaced the "X" frame used since 1961. Body styles were unchanged from 1964 except for the station wagon, which was dropped in favor of the stretched intermediate Special-based Buick Sport Wagon which featured a raised rear roof and glass skylight over the back seat similar to the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Starting in 1965, the LeSabre was available in two trim levels, the base LeSabre and the LeSabre Custom, which featured a more luxurious interior trim and also included the convertible body style not available in the base LeSabre line.

Buick LeSabre 4th generation (1971–1976)

1971 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1971 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1972 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1972 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1973 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
1973 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
1975 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1975 Buick LeSabre Convertible
1976 Buick LeSabre Landau Limited
1976 Buick LeSabre Landau Limited
Like the other GM divisions, Buick completely restyled its B- and C-body cars for 1971. The full-size cars emerged larger and heavier than before and also ever after. The styling featured curved bodysides, long hoods and wide expanses of glass, similar to that of Chrysler Corporation's 1969 full-sized cars, but with a lower beltline than the Chrysler products. Semi-fastback rooflines were utilized on two-door hardtop coupes and convertibles had a new top design to permit a full-width rear seat.

Buick LeSabre 5th generation (1977–1985)

1977 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1977 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1978 Buick LeSabre Turbo Sport Coupe
1978 Buick LeSabre Turbo Sport Coupe
1983 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1983 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1984 Buick LeSabre Coupe
1984 Buick LeSabre Coupe
1985 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1985 Buick LeSabre Sedan
The 1977 Buick LeSabre and other GM B-body full-sized cars were considerably smaller and lighter than their predecessors to the tune of losing 700-800 pounds of weight and overall length of 10 to 15 inches. The full-sized cars were the beginning of a "corporate-wide" downsizing of vehicles in order to improve fuel economy ratings following the 1973-74 energy crisis that would filter down to intermediates in 1978, personal-luxury cars in 1979 and compacts in 1980 with subsequent downsizings of each line of vehicles scheduled in subsequent years.

Buick LeSabre 6th generation (1986–1991)

1986 Buick LeSabre Grand National Coupe
1986 Buick LeSabre Grand National Coupe
1988 Buick LeSabre Coupe
1988 Buick LeSabre Coupe
1989 Buick LeSabre Limited
1989 Buick LeSabre Limited
1990 Buick LeSabre
1990 Buick LeSabre
1991 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1991 Buick LeSabre Sedan
The 1986 LeSabre was introduced on the new front wheel drive H platform, after departing from rear wheel drive on the GM B platform. Joining the LeSabre on the H-body included the Oldsmobile Delta 88 and the 1987 Pontiac Bonneville, which returned to full-size after a short-lived run as a mid-size on the G platform. One of the features of the LeSabre version of the H-body was a reverse clamshell hood - one that is hinged at the front (in the same fashion as that of the Buick Electra and Chevrolet Corvette of that era) instead of at the back near the cowl and windshield. The all new styling and implementation of front wheel drive ushered in a new era for the LeSabre, being of a flush aerodynamic design. The most radical change may have been the removal of Buick's long standing Ventiports from the front fenders.

Buick LeSabre 7th generation (1992–1999)

1992 Buick LeSabre 3800 Sedan
1992 Buick LeSabre 3800 Sedan
1993 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1993 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1997 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
1997 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
1998 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
1998 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
1999 Buick LeSabre Sedan
1999 Buick LeSabre Sedan
This LeSabre was introduced in 1991 for the 1992 model year, and was redesigned along the same lines as the previous year's Park Avenue. The LeSabre was available only as a four-door ("family-style") sedan from this point forward until the car was discontinued in 2005. The headlights were streamlined with a separated amber turn signal strip wrapping around the lower front fascia. The rear fascia featured a wider trunk mouth and lower lift over height to ease loading baggage while the front was smoothed with simplified chrome molding and absent bumperettes. The LeSabre also featured GM's plastic body technologies, with high-stress plastic replacing traditional steel in the front fenders.

Buick LeSabre 8th generation (2000-2005)

2000 Buick LeSabre
2000 Buick LeSabre
2001 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
2001 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
2003 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
2003 Buick LeSabre Custom Sedan
2004 Buick LeSabre Sedan
2004 Buick LeSabre Sedan
2005 Buick LeSabre Sedan
2005 Buick LeSabre Sedan
The 2000 LeSabre was introduced in March 1999. It was now built on GM's G platform; however GM chose to continue to refer to it as the H platform. Some of the changes with the redesign included a new grille that did not open with the hood, and slightly smaller exterior dimensions. Despite its somewhat smaller exterior size, it still offered similar interior room and more trunk space than the previous model. A pollen filter was installed with this generation, and was accessed from inside the engine compartment on the passenger side against the firewall. Custom and Limited trim levels continued to be offered.

The LeSabre was America's best-selling full- size car when it was discontinued at the end of the 2005 model year. It was replaced in 2006 by the Lucerne, Buick's newly designed flagship. The last LeSabre rolled off the Lake Orion, Michigan assembly line on June 18, 2004 (retooling the plant to build the Pontiac G6) and the last Hamtramck, Michigan LeSabre rolled off the assembly line in mid-August, 2005.

Buick Wildcat (1963-1970)

1963 Buick Wildcat
1963 Buick Wildcat
1967 Buick Wildcat
1967 Buick Wildcat
1968 Buick Wildcat
1968 Buick Wildcat
1969 Buick Wildcat
1969 Buick Wildcat
1970 Buick Wildcat
1970 Buick Wildcat
The wildcat replaced the Invicta. From 1963 to 1970 the Wildcat was its own series, no longer an Invicta subseries. The 1963 model had a large aluminum trim panel on the side of the body that seemed to compete directly with the Oldsmobile Starfire, another full-size "sporty" model by GM. Wildcats built in the 1964 model year did not have the traditional horizontal VentiPorts like other Buicks, but instead had vertically situated chrome hash-marks on the lower front quarter panel directly behind the front wheel housings. After becoming its own full series in 1963, the Wildcat added a convertible and four-door hardtop sedan to the original two-door hardtop coupe introduced in 1962. In the four-door version, a bench seat was standard but the bucket seat and console interior used in the coupe and convertible were optional. It was superseded by the Buick Centurion for 1971.

Buick Centurion (1971-1973)

1971 Buick Centurion 2 Door Hardtop
1971 Buick Centurion 2 Door Hardtop
1972 Buick Centurion 4 Door Hardtop
1972 Buick Centurion 4 Door Hardtop
1973 Buick Centurion 2 Door Hardtop
1973 Buick Centurion 2 Door Hardtop
The Buick Centurion is a full-size car built from the 1971 through 1973 model years. Replacing the Wildcat as the sporty iteration of Buick's three full-size car lines, it slotted between the LeSabre and Electra in the lineup. The Centurion name was inspired by a Buick concept car, the name coming from that of an officer in the Roman Army. The car's emblem was not the traditional Buick tri-shield, but a side profile of a centurion.

Buick Park Avenue 3 generations (1991-2005)

The Buick Park Avenue is a full-size car with the nameplate first used in 1975 for an appearance option package on the Electra 225 Limited. It became an Electra trim level in 1978 and its own model starting in 1990 (1991 model year) after the Electra was discontinued. Replaced by the Buick Lucerne

Buick Park Avenue 1st generation (1991-1996)

1991 Buick Park Avenue
1991 Buick Park Avenue
1992 Buick Park Avenue
1992 Buick Park Avenue
1993 Buick Park Avenue
1993 Buick Park Avenue
1994 Buick Park Avenue
1994 Buick Park Avenue
1996 Buick Park Avenue
1996 Buick Park Avenue
The 1991 Park Avenue, introduced in July 1990, utilized GM's C platform. It was previewed by the 1989 Park Avenue Essence show car and the Park Avenue's silhouette was often compared to that of contemporary Jaguars and many of its styling cues, which included a large 'dollar-grin' grille mounted to the hood, rounded lines, and full-width tail lamps. These styling cues made their way to other Buick models restyled in the 1990s. The Park Avenue was Buick's largest front wheel drive sedan, but the even larger rear wheel drive Roadmaster returned to the lineup in 1991 for the station wagon and 1992 for the sedan. While not the largest vehicle offered by Buick, as that distinction belonged to the Roadmaster, the Park Avenue was the most luxurious and considered the flagship of the marque

Buick Park Avenue 2nd generation (1997-2005)

1999 Buick Park Avenue
1999 Buick Park Avenue
2000 Buick Park Avenue
2000 Buick Park Avenue
2001 Buick Park Avenue
2001 Buick Park Avenue
2002 Buick Park Avenue
2002 Buick Park Avenue
2003 Buick Park Avenue
2003 Buick Park Avenue
2004 Buick Park Avenue
2004 Buick Park Avenue
2005 Buick Park Avenue
2005 Buick Park Avenue
An updated Park Avenue was released in October 1996 as a 1997 model and was now built on GM's G platform; however GM chose to continue to refer to it as the C platform, but was stronger and more substantial than its predecessor. This new generation was powered by updated Series II variants of the 3800 and as before, only Ultra models were supercharged. The base trim featured a hood ornament while the Ultra had a less conspicuous tri-shield inset on the upper edge of the grille. The base Park Avenue was the last USDM Buick to carry a factory hood ornament.

Buick Park Avenue 3rd generation (2007-2012)

2007 Buick Park Avenue
2007 Buick Park Avenue
2012 Buick Park Avenue
2012 Buick Park Avenue
In April 2007, General Motors reintroduced the Park Avenue nameplate in China on a luxury sedan that replaced the Buick Royaum. Like its predecessor, the vehicle is based on the Australian-built Holden Caprice (this time on the contemporary WM/WN generation), though, unlike the Royaum, it was assembled by Shanghai GM from CKD kits. It is offered in three trim levels: Comfort, Elite, and Flagship.

Buick LaCrosse 3 generations (2005-present)

The Buick LaCrosse was initially a mid-size, then a full-size sedan after 2010. The LaCrosse is now in its third generation, slotted above the Buick Regal as the brand's flagship sedan. The first generation LaCrosse replaced the Century and Regal in North America beginning in the 2005 model year, serving as the brand's mid-size car. The automobile was originally sold as the Buick Allure in Canada. For 2010, the LaCrosse was completely redesigned and moved upmarket as a large premium sedan.

Buick LaCrosse 1st generation (2005-2009)

2005 Buick LaCrosse
2005 Buick LaCrosse
2006 Buick LaCrosse
2006 Buick LaCrosse
2007 Buick LaCrosse
2007 Buick LaCrosse
2008 Buick LaCrosse Super
2008 Buick LaCrosse Super
2009 Buick LaCrosse
2009 Buick LaCrosse
The LaCrosse debuted in late 2004 as a 2005 model, replacing the Century and Regal. The name was borrowed from a Buick concept car shown in 2000 referencing the sport of lacrosse. Riding on a revised version of the W-body known as MS2000, the LaCrosse was initially available with two powerplant choices in three trim levels: a 3.8 L 3800 Series III V6 available in base CX and mid-level CXL forms, and a 3.6 L HFV6 V6 in the top line CXS model. The CXS was replaced by the Super in the US market for the 2008 model year. However, sales of the CXS continued in Canada until January 1, 2008

Buick LaCrosse 2nd generation (2010-2016)

2010 Buick LaCrosse
2010 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Buick LaCrosse
2013 Buick LaCrosse
2013 Buick LaCrosse
2015 Buick LaCrosse
2015 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick LaCrosse
Launched at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.,[30] the second-generation Buick LaCrosse was redesigned from the ground-up and moved the nameplate upmarket, becoming Buick's flagship sedan. The exterior features Buick's "VentiPorts" and the "Sweepspear", Buick styling features dating to 1949. The interior is defined by having "few straight lines and 90-degree joints, if any. Instead, surfaces and controls are rounded, coved, or arched." According to The New York Times, the new LaCrosse combined design elements from classic Americans cars of the 1930s and 1950s with traditional Chinese aesthetic elements

Buick LaCrosse 3rd generation (2017-present)

2017 Buick LaCrosse
2017 Buick LaCrosse
2018 Buick LaCrosse
2018 Buick LaCrosse
2019 Buick LaCrosse
2019 Buick LaCrosse
The third generation LaCrosse debuted at the 2015 LA Auto Show as a 2017 model using E2XX platform shared with the 2016–present Chevrolet Malibu. The platform switch reduced its weight by about 300 pounds, despite slightly growing in length and width. The weight reduction was achieved by use of high-strength steels and better sound-absorbing material

Buick Lucerne (2006-2011)

2006 Buick Lucerne
2006 Buick Lucerne
2007 Buick Lucerne
2007 Buick Lucerne
2008 Buick Lucerne CXL
2008 Buick Lucerne CXL
2010 Buick Lucerne CXL
2010 Buick Lucerne CXL
2011 Buick Lucerne CXL
2011 Buick Lucerne CXL
The Lucerne replaced both the upscale LeSabre and top of the line Park Avenue in the Buick line-up, with a base price below the LeSabre's that could equal the Park Avenue's with the V8 option. It was based on a revised G platform, though GM continued to refer to it as the H. It was introduced with the standard 3.8 liter Buick V6 (also known as the GM 3800 engine), with a 4.6 litre Cadillac Northstar LD8 V8 and the Chevrolet Corvette's Magnetic Ride Control active suspension available as options. All General Motors 3.8 L V6 powered cars become the first SULEV-compliant vehicles. Replaced by the  Buick LaCrosse

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