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.
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!