Can an Abandoned 1968 Buick LeSabre Start and Drive After Sitting 26 years?
If you are reading this, there’s a 99-percent probability that you are a car enthusiast. If you are, then at some point you’ve probably been romanticizing about finding an abandoned car, restoring it, and driving it. Such a feat would certainly be worthy of been immortalized in the automotive archives, or in this case, most likely YouTube. Speaking of which, this video from Vice Grip Garage just so happens to showcase “rescues” like these.
Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial
Say what you will about Buick’s place in the US luxury car market scene, but when it comes to spending for Super Bowl commercials, the
owned automaker has proven that it could spend with the best of them. The latest example of Buick’s free-wheeling Big Game spending comes in the form of its new commercial for Super Bowl LI.
The ad stars the Buick Cascada and Encore SUV, but it also taps Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a co-starring role with super model Miranda Kerr appearing in a cameo role. The combination of star power may sound strange on the surface, but Newton and Kerr perfectly encapsulate the “celebrity-focused” advertising strategy Buck has employed in recent years. Remember Peyton Manning and Shaquille O’Neal’s Buick ads in the past?
The story behind this particular ad revolves around some parents who spot the two Buicks while watching their kids’ pee-wee football game. One dad then playfully says that if that car (the Cascada) was, in fact, a Buick, he’d be Cam Newton. Alas, in true Disney fashion, Newton magically appears under center, much to the shock of the children he’s now playing against.
Kerr’s appearance in the advertisement isn’t as prominent as Newton’s, but the “if that SUV (the Encore) is a Buick, then I’m Miranda Kerr” quip magically works again as the dad weirdly turns into one of the most beautiful super models in the world. Yes, it happened, so be warned.
All told, the family-friendly ad hits on a lot of levels. Kids and adults can both appreciate it, especially the latter of whom count themselves as either sports fans or, well, Miranda Kerr fans.
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Mostly known for turning classic SUVs and trucks such as the Toyota FJ, the Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet 3100 into modern off-roaders or hot rods, ICON also spends time building rat rod-like vehicles as part of its Derelicts line. The Los Angeles shop buys "as found" vintage car bodies and mounts them on modern chassis and drivetrains, while adding various creature comforts. The latest tarnished jewel to join ICON’s Derelicts lineup is a 1948 Buick Super Convertible, and the final product, a rusty sleeper that can smoke most modern-day BMWs and Porsches, just arrived in Jay Leno’s famous garage for a full review.
ICON used a new Art Morrison chassis complete with an independent front suspension and a four-link rear suspension, as well as JRI shocks and a 20-to-1 rack and pinion power steering system. But the most spectacular feature of this Derelict is under its hood, where ICON dropped a
sourced, supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine. The mill cranks out 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque through a Supermatic 4L85E automatic and a set of Z-rated, BF Goodrich G-Force tires. No wonder this massive convertible can do burnouts now. Check it out in detail in Leno’s 18-minute review above.
How do you think a 100-plus-year-old car behaves on the road? Its pretty hard to imagine something like this is even possible, right? Well, in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the Jay took a look at a 1910 Buick Bug. The car was delivered by Jeremy Dimick of Flint’s Sloan Museum and the test drive is pretty interesting.
The 1910 Buick Bug was built as a race car and drew its power from an overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine that delivered a total of 57 horsepower. Though that power is low by today’s standards, it was actually pretty good back in its day, and it helped get the 2,600-pound racer to a top speed of about 105 mph.
During the video, make sure that you pay close attention to the its four exhaust pipes, as the spit fire like today’s supercars when the Bug is idling.
Check out the video to see what Leno thinks of the 1910 Buick Bug.
It looks like Jay Leno got bored of all the supercars on the market, as in the past few episodes of his show he turned his attention toward classic cars. After the 1951 Kaiser Drag’n, Leno now chose to review a 1957 Buick Roadmaster.
The Roadmaster was produced by Buick between 1936 and 1958 and again from 1991 to 1996. The 1957 model featured a lower body and an even more panoramic windshield equipped with reverse slanted pillars. The Roadmaster was built on a Buick’s longest non-limousine wheelbase and shared its basic structure with later-model Oldsmobiles.
Under the hood there was a new 364-cubic-inch engine that cranked out 300 horsepower.
Watch the video to see why Jay Leno is so impressed by these dinosaurs of the automotive world, as he calls them. Let us know in the comment section below if you think he is right!
More than any other industry in the world, the automotive business has the capacity to remind us just what the future may look like. It may not smell of grandeur like other scientific fields, but the auto industry can give us sneak peeks of what may be in store for all of us somewhere down the road.
Take General Motors for example. After launching its new Lab website, GM has given us a slew of cars that could one day – all things considered, of course – end up roaming the streets in the future. The brand’s latest offering is the Buick Avant, which, in addition to being innovative in every sense of the word, could also become the standard bearer of scaled-down models among high-end car brands.
If futuristic cars become topics of discussion, the Buick Avant should be right in the thick of the conversation. It’s got a cargo space that automatically brings the luggage to the passenger, it’s got doors that seemingly swings and slides every which way, and what GM is calling a pergola roof, which turns translucently depending on what the driver wants.
It’s innovation at its finest, and you can check out the video to learn more about the car.