On Sunday, May 19, 2013, Buick turned 110 years old. So Happy Birthday, Buick.
The story behind the founding of the automotive brand is rather interesting: after coming to Detroit from Scotland with his parents in 1956 at the age of two, David Dunbar Buick turned to building gasoline engines for boats on the Detroit River during the 1890s. By 1900, his first motor firm, Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company, was operating near what is now the southwest corner of Beaubien and Lafayette Streets. The firm’s overhead valve engines became famous for power.
After experimenting with automobiles built at his home, Mr. Buick incorporated the Buick Motor Company (on May 19, 1903). That fall, he sold the firm to Flint Wagon Works in Flint, where the very first retail Buicks were built in 1904. The first production Buick, the Model B, was offered to retail customers in 1905.
Today, Buick is a luxury (semi-luxury?) brand, offering five vehicles in North America, including the Encore and Enclave crossovers and the LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano sedans. In China, the brand offers other nameplates, including the GL8 van, the Park Avenue full-size luxury sedan, the Excelle GT (aka Verano), Excelle XT (hatchback), and the original Excelle.
Take a photo tour of Buick’s history by browsing the gallery below.