1955 Buick Special
We are so excited to be able to tell you about this project in progress. If you have ever been able to take a walk down Ocean Drive in South Beach Miami, chances are you may have seen it before! The same 1955 Buick Special that sat outside the Avalon Hotel for 30 years is now being restored in our shop. The close proximity to the ocean overtime had caused extensive rust. As we started to dive into working on the Buick, not only did we find that many of the parts are not salvageable, but many of the parts are no longer made. This is no small task for our team here at West Coast Classic, but with our years of experience, advanced tools, and ability to get creative; bringing this classic back to life is far from impossible.
We’ve had to fabricate many of the pieces you’ll see on the Buick to fit based off similar pieces. We find that Chevy stuff is close, but not quite right. It had no floors except the middle original section so we used floors from a ‘55-‘57 Bel Air. The whole gutter area and rocker panels are Bel Air pieces. The bottom door shells are from a ’61-’64 Impala. The center of the trunk is coming from a Nova and the side pieces are being made in house. The fenders were rotten and are also being completely made in house. Although these pieces come from different origins, we are extremely happy with the way they are coming together.
Keep an eye out on our Facebook for more pictures and updates as we get closer to completing the Buick!