March 2010 Archives
The 1949 Buick Special is a mid-engine Straight-8 Buick with a custom aluminum body designed and built by Norman E. Timbs. Restoration of the car was completed by Custom Auto of Loveland, Colorado, and is planned to debut at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March.
From an October 1949 Motor Trend article:
Here’s a little workbench project you can try out some evening. But remember, the job took mechanical engineer Norman E. Timbs 2 1/2 years of sparetime work and cost him around $10,000.
The chassis is of tubular construction and the car itself is 17 1/2 feet long with a 117-inch wheelbase. It weighs 2300 pounds. The hydraulically raised rear deck covers a Buick engine (just behind the driver’s seat), gas tank (between the wheels) and a spare tire and wheel. And the front hood covers a luggage compartment.
Some pedestrians think the auto looks like a whale; others think it resembles a turtle. But, whale or turtle, all agree they’d like to own the “critter” themselves.