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Buick: 100-Plus Years Of Luxury And Tank Destroyers

Today’s Buick is known for its smooth, luxurious ride, right down to the very finest detail. At the NYE Automotive Group, we celebrate the proud tradition that began with the first Buick products back in 1903. That commitment to quality has carried the company through the last century, offering not only luxury cars but, for a time, tank destroyers as well.

Since the first cars came off its assembly line those 100-plus years ago, Buick has always delivered a dependable, safe, and comfortable vehicle that also is a pleasure to drive and ride in. From its earliest days at the turn of the 20th century producing Model B Touring Cars, to passing both Ford and Cadillac as the number one producer of motor vehicles in 1908, to the millionth Buick off the line to begin celebration of their 20th anniversary in 1923, the Flint, Michigan-constructed early Buick products quickly captured the attention of drivers.

Buick’s innovation in the motor vehicle industry was exemplified in vehicles like their sleek and black two-passenger Y-Job convertible … dubbed “The World’s First Concept Car” when it debuted in 1938. To celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Roadmaster Skylark Convertible made its debut in 1958 with a starting price of just $5,000. The Buick Century became the pace car for the Indy 500 in 1976, leading the pack of race cars around the track. In 1978, Buick introduced their Turbo Regal Sport Coupe, a turbo-charged 3.8L V6.

Technological advancements have come fast and furious since then, with Buick leading the way once again in presenting the latest, cutting edge tech devices. Buick IntelliLink, for example, brings a complete information and entertainment source to the driver without the need for hand operation — any number of IntelliLink tasks can be carried out with just the sound of your voice, from playing favorite music to making hands-free phone calls.

But it was in 1942 that Buick made some of its most unique vehicles and showed their commitment to America at the same time, although those products coming off the assembly line at the time were not for the general public’s driving pleasure.

It was during the early days of World War II that much of American industry turned towards supporting the war effort, and Buick was no exception. The United States military began using the Buick-built M18 Hellcat tank destroyers, and Buick ended up building more than 2,500 of the anti-armor juggernauts. Who knows where the war effort would have been without Buick?

At NYE Automotive, we keep the dreams of the earliest Buick manufacturers alive and thriving into the 21st century, offering Buicks that still keep that commitment to quality. Stop by an test drive a Buick of choice today — although you won’t be finding any tank destroyers on our lot. They are not quite as luxurious as your standard Buick, anyways.

The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. 13421. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email sales@nyeauto.com.

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