Neil Young is perhaps one of the greatest singer-songwriters from the 1970s and is known for hits like “Cinnamon Girl,” “Old Man,” and “Ohio.” He also worked extensively with the bands Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield.
In addition to his musical endeavors, he also has an impressive collection of classic cars. Recently, Neil Young’s Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible from 1953 was sold at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles for $400,000. This beautiful red convertible included a steering wheel hub that says, “Customized for Neil Young,” and was in impeccable, restored condition.
Along with this classic car, more than 230 of Young’s model trains were put up for auction. Altogether, the Lionel trains fetched almost $300,000. Young has said that he started collecting model trains to help connect with his son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy. A portion of the proceeds from this auction will go towards the Bridge School in California, which was co-founded by Young’s ex-wife Pegi Young in 1986 for severely disabled children.
We at Rivard Buick GMC would love to take a drive in that beautiful red Buick Roadmaster Skylark. If you are looking for your own Buick convertible, come test drive the sophisticated Buick Cascada, available now at Rivard Buick GMC.
Nothing says summer quite like the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair and the best way to get that feeling is by driving a convertible. Buick’s Cascada convertible will not only give you that feeling of freedom, but offers premium features, sophisticated styling, and so much more.
Buyers will love its excellent value that offers a lot of features for the money. Standard on the base model are 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a 7-inch touchscreen with IntelliLink, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Higher trims add features like automatic wipers, foglights, air deflectors, navigation, distinctive alloy wheels, and a unique steering wheel.
The Cascada’s innovative soft-top will open in just 17 seconds with a simple one-step activation—and, since the weather can change while you are driving, the top can be put back up or down again at speeds up to 31 mph.
Safety features include automatic rollover pop-up bars hidden behind the rear passenger seats, along with airbags, and other available advanced systems.
Pick up a convertible from Buick and you’d hopefully have no doubt that the car was absolutely waterproof. But sometimes, it’s nice to see just what kind of quality control measures an automaker might exact to ensure this was the case.
In a recent spot, Buick shows us firsthand just what the new Buick Cascada goes through to ensure that the Cascada’s soft top is watertight. It’s important because, as the host of the commercial says, “The Cascada is designed to be a year-round car, not just a summer plaything.”
When the Buick Cascada rolls off the line, it enters a water chamber where the walls and ceiling are covered in water nozzles. Each of these nozzles sprays 1.9 gallons of water per minute for ten minutes. It may seem like overkill but anything worth doing is worth doing right. Right?
We understand if you are concerned about how green a process the Buick Cascada water testing really is, in light of how much water is involved. Fret not, tree-hugger. Of the 130,000 gallons of water that is used every day, 98.5% is recycled.
The upcoming Buick Cascada is one of the most highly anticipated new models at the moment. In fact, it’s one of the most awaited Buick models in a long time. The Cascada is generating a lot of buzz about the direction in which Buick design is heading, so we thought we would take the time to reflect on some past Buick convertibles that have influenced the new Cascada.
The 2016 Cascada will be the first Buick convertible offered in 25 years. A strong design and powerful engine—something Buick is very familiar with—will be present in the Cascada. Below we have listed some of the most popular convertibles of Buick’s past.
1908 Buick Runabout
Original Price: $900
Engine: T-head in-line 4-cylinder, 40 horsepower
Produced in Flint, MI, and needed around-the-clock shifts, seven days a week to keep up with demand
1936 Buick Century Series 60
First Buick to reach 100 mph
Only 717 Series 60 models were built
Advertising materials promoted the car’s ability to go from 10 to 60 mph in less than 20 seconds
1962 Buick Special
Engine: Fireball V6—First American car to use a V6 engine in volume production
Manually operated top, could be lowered with one hand
Motor Trend’s 1962 Car of the Year
1991 Buick Reatta Two-Door Convertible
Debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 1990
First two-seater convertible since the 1940 Model 46
It’s no secret that Buick has an extensive history creating award-winning convertibles, and the automaker hopes to continue that trend with the 2016 Cascada. The new Cascada will be available starting in early 2016!