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Long Shots: A Special Of A Different Sort

LongRoofian September 24, 2012 All Things Hoon, Cars You Should Know 10 Comments

Earlier, this olelongrooffan shared my experiences with thejeepjunkie getting “The Charles Barrett Special” moved to its new home nestled deep within those Ormond Beach woods.  On the way back to my Taj Mahal, this olelongrooffan stopped off to get my ears lowered and next door to the repair shop just around the corner from my Taj Mahal, I spotted a very different sort of Special to share with my fellow Hoons.

Up to this point, this olelongrooffan was unaware there was ever a time when automakers badged their offerings with the year of release. Seems this, more than model year facelifts would age a vehicle rendering it undesirable when it was in the owner’s possession for a year.  But that’s why this olelongrooffan never designed cars for Bill Mitchell.

But yeah, it is a gorgeous 55 year old Buick Special four door sedan.  As I was capturing these images, the chief wrench came out to pop the hood for me.  Yes, of course, at the precise moment my elcheapoebayacquired28dollar image taker decided it wanted to take a nap and I was unable to capture any images underneath the hood but it was super clean.  That wrench had pulled that motor, disassembled it, cleaned it, painted it and put it back together.  He mentioned they added air conditioning to it and had a hell of a time finding a dual fan belt pulley for the front of it to accommodate the belt for the a/c unit.  Super nice job on that unseen by my fellow Hoons engine.  Forgot to ask what size it was although our friend Wiki tells me it is a 364 V8 putting out 250 hp.

I strolled around to check out the ass on this sweetie.  I thought it was especially appropriate to spot this Special just subsequent to moving my “Special.”  Check out the cool way those exhaust tips exit through the bumper just below those bulging fins ala sister GM offerings, Cadillac, of the same era.

This olelongrooffan knows I have captured an image of one of these bumper clad gas filler door covers fairly recently and a quick search of my old daily driver laptop didn’t quickly show me one so my fellow Hoons just have to take my word for it.  Still, pretty damn cool in my book.  Much better than hiding the filler tube behind the license plate as GM did in the 70’s.

I would suspect my fellow Hoons will know why this image was included.    And in my humble opinion, this line is the only line on which VentiPorts should be allowed, Pep Boys be damned.  BTW, that hotel across the street is located straight on the sandy beachs of the Birthplace of Speed.  Damn, I love me some pillarless hardtops, and longroofs for that matter.

With the exception of a little wear on the driver’s side seat back of that huge bench seat, the interior of this thing was in fantastic shape.  76,349 miles.  And that automatic transmission selector is set up P N D L R.  Usually a deadly combination, that’s for sure.

Now this isn’t the greatest image in the world and it can be seen a little bit in the Waldo image above, but I must ask my fellow Hoons, is it possible to have a Hofmeister Kink in bodywork as opposed to only the C pillar above?

Yeah, spotting this ole Special was sure a sweet surprise and I hope my fellow Hoons are enjoying these Long Shots as much as this olelongrooffan enjoys finding them.

And, yeah, this olelongrooffan is gonna keep looking.

Images Copyright Hooniverse 2012/longrooffan


  • dukeisduke

    Buick is the only company I'm aware of that put the year on their cars (I once knew a guy that owned a '56 Special). I'm sure it was a popular thing when the cars were new, but when they got to be last year's model? Not so much.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Wow, that badge looks like it belonged on a Chrysler 300. GM was pretty fly with their gas caps. This is really cool, and I've always loved the flip down license plate flaps. But the best was the Cadillac tail light that swivels to reveal the gas cap.

    • IIRC, the 56 Lincoln Continental, then I think it was just a Continental, had the same feature on the driver's side.

    • chrystlubitshi

      some of the the mid-50s chevys had "confuse the hell out of the gas station attendant"/behind the taillight fillers too

      I loved the license plate flap. While it did require you to pull a bit to far forward in modern gas stations, you never had to worry about 'left or right' lanes when fill 'em up time came around…. frequently….

  • Mad_Hungarian

    I don't know of any other than Buick that put the model year on the outside, but every 1956 Cadillac boldly proclaimed "Nineteen Fifty Six" in script on the dash — right in front of the front seat passenger. Great for impressing your golf buddies and the guys in the car pool in 1956. Not so great in 1957, 1958, 1959 . . . <img src="http://img.gawkerassets.com/post/12/2012/02/caddy-1600px.jpg&quot; width="600">

    • Ripituc

      Never hurts to help customers feel their car is old enough to buy a new one, I guess!

    • You know, I was going to mention the same thing, but you beat me to it. I think the reason they did that, put the year on the dash, was because 1956 was Cadillac's fiftieth anniversary.

  • detroitmuscle

    I recall someone asking Reader's Digest,many years back, what the fender portholes are officially called.
    The answer was "cruiserline ventiports".

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