Thursday, 10 October 2013

What Makes a Buick a Buick

The word Buick is synonymous with high-quality, premium, and, of course, American. In fact, Buick is the oldest American-made automobile that is still being manufactured today! The “king of Chrome” is a well-loved, well-respected brand. So when looking for a new car at various Buick dealers in Kansas City, you’ll know you’re not just getting a car—you’re getting a piece of American history.

The following is a list of features that were and are hallmarks of the Buick brand:


The Buick’s emblem is the Trishield; this distinguishing mark was based on Buick founder David Dunbar Buick’s ancestral coat of arms. Though it’s gone through several renovations, the Trishield still symbolizes quality, luxury, and heritage.


In 1949, Buick introduced a series of vents—three or four depending on the size of the engine (i.e. a V6 engine had three, a V8 had four)—on the front fender immediately behind the front wheels. These vents were termed “VentiPorts.” In time, VentiPorts became a distinguishing trademark of the Buick brand and are currently used on several Buick models.


In the 1940s, Buick introduced its “dollar grin” grille. It was nicknamed this because of its oval shape with slender vertical ribs that bulged forward. Today, the grille has been updated and renamed the “Waterfall Grille” with a more contemporary and classic look.

Tail Lamps

Though the original taillights were small and circular, in the 1960s, they evolved into a wide taillight in a rectangular shape. Today, wide tail lamps are still a hallmark of the Buick brand.


The Sweepspear—a curved line that runs the length of the car—may be the most telltale feature of a Buick. Originating in the 1940s and used through the 1970s, the Sweepspear was a chrome-plated or stainless steel strip that curved from the front wheel down to the rear wheel. A version of the Sweepspear was still used as late as 2010 in the LaCrosse/Allure model. With Buick, you’re not only getting a quality automobile, but also a piece of American history. There are many Buick dealers in Kansas City that can help you find the perfect Buick for you!

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