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    you old car buffs

    i have a pair of buick emblems that are pretty old but am not sure how old. they are for a buick straight 8, anyone got an idea when they quit making those?
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    Survey Says...........

    1931 to 1953, or there abouts

    Got a pic?



    My uncle used to collect and rebuild old cars, he had an early Buick straight eight, I think it was a 1932.

    Looks like this one..........


    This is a 1933 Model 56. We used to call my uncles 32 his "Al Capone" car!!!
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    you old car buffs

    Stu is real close. The last of the straight eights were made in 1952.

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    Tony...I'm not sure, when the last straight eights were made. But...I once had a 1953 Buick, with that great straight eight in it! (Was an all 'original' '53 one owner... when I bought it, in around '63)

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    My first car was a 1948 Oldsmobile with straight 8. Hydramatic transmission. Lousy acceleration but awesome top speed.

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    Picture? Not that I could answer the question, I'm not that old.
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    you old car buffs

    Jim,

    I stand corrected.

    I did a little checking (over 300 car ads in Hemmings to make sure I spoke correctly) and found that Buick did offer a straight 8 in 1953, but only in a model called the "Super 8". So, we were both right.

    It must have been a plain-jane model, that had a standard trans. All the rest I found were with the 322 cu.in. "Nailhead" V-8 beginning with the 53 models. That was also the year the famous "Skylark" was introduced, with that V-8 engine and those neat Kelsey-Hays chrome wire wheels, and a continental spare tire mount on the back.

    Frank, Oldsmobile first offered a overhead valve V-8 back in 1949. Pontiac and Chevy came in 1955. Cadillac had a 346 cu.in flathead and a hydra-matic trans back in 1947, but it may have offered that in 1946, I am not sure. I think they changed to overhead valves in 1953 or 54.

    A side note here: Chevrolet experimented with an overhead valve V-8 way back in mid 1920's. It was based on the 4 cylinder "Baby Grand" overhead valve engine, (which was the basis for the long lasting 6 cylinder chevy engines to come later). That V-8 never got off the ground and Louis & Gaston Chevrolet kept things going with the 4 cyl. until around 1929 or 30.

    Hope you folks enjoyed this info. It was fun writing about it. (Now back to woodworking)

    Aloha, Tony
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    i wish i had a camra so

    i could guys but i would lean towards the early fiftys look that one stu should isnt what i have this attached to a fender or hood with two posts and those nasty clips. it has the 8 in red plastic inlaid in chrome metal then a straight line threw the eight chrome as well
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