Buick is probably my favorite car brand. My dad’s first (new) car was a 1941 Buick. I am certain that I rode home from the hospital in it. A decade later he replaced it with a 1951 Buick Special hardtop. I learned to drive in that car and passed my Oregon drivers test in it. No doubt the most recognized Buck symbol is the “gunsight” hood ornament that was used on the 1946 to 1954 models. The focus of my collection is on pre-1960 hood ornaments of any make, but I particularly focus on Buick. I have now acquired examples of all of these post-war years. They are shown, year by year, under my Automotive tab, but below is a group photo of what I have at this time.
Some of the examples I have been able to obtain were incomplete, typically lacking the ring that surrounds the “torpedo” or “spear” center. I have enjoyed reproducing the ring in hardwood. I have also been able to acquire some early hood ornaments and radiator caps, one that was produced when my dad was still in high school. I will still seek those rare early ones and I am yet lacking an example from 1956, but I persist.
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