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1958 Buick Special Convertible
364 cid, V-8, 250 bhp

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The Special was the bottom of the line for Buick, having less horsepower and fewer comfort features than the other models in the Buick line-up. 1958 brought a change in styling for Buick; the “port holes” made famous by Harley Earl were no more. But chrome was still in style and Buick made the most of it, slashing in every conceivable area on the car, including the grille which was composed of 165 half inch chrome squares.  The engine was a 364 cid overhead-cam V-8 which produced 250 bhp. A “Dynafiow” transmission was available as an option in 1958. Buick produced 5504 Special convertibles in 1958 at a base price of $3041. Highlights:
  • “No other Buick looked like this” stated Buick advertising
  • Nicknamed “Rhinestone Cowboy” due to 168 chromed square grille pieces
  • Just 5,502 convertibles produced in 1958
  • Price new: $2,766 – $3,041
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