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Buick To Bring Vintage Concepts, Production Cars To Concours d'Elegance At Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Buick, which is celebrating its centennial this year, will bring 10 vintage concept cars and 10 vintage production cars, as well as two specialty cars, to the Concours d'Elegance at Hilton Head Island Nov. 1-2 (2003).

In honor of its 100th birthday, Buick has been named presenting sponsor at the second annual show of elegant vintage automobiles at Honey Horn Plantation on Hilton Head Island. The cars being brought by Buick to the event are owned by General Motors and the Alfred P. Sloan Museum of Flint, Mich.

Among rare vehicles being brought to Hilton Head are:

1905 Model C - The fourth oldest existing Buick was once owned by early Buick distributor Charles Howard - who has recently become famous again as the owner of the famous race horse Seabiscuit in the movie by that name. This is said to be the first Buick ever sold on the West Coast. It was in Howard's family for six decades.

1908 Model 10 - This is an example of the car that built GM. Buick's leader, William C. Durant of Flint, created General Motors in 1908 with Buick as the foundation - and this cute little model was the best seller that year.

1910 Buick Bug - This was one of two early racers created by Buick for the famous team of Wild Bob Burman and Louis Chevrolet (who later gave his name to the Chevrolet automobile). This one, which raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the Indy 500 debuted, was owned by Burman.

1938 Y-Job - This famous vehicle created by legendary GM design chief Harley Earl, in cooperation with Buick Engineering, is said to be the industry's first true "dream" car.

1951 LeSabre - With its styling suggestive of a jet plane, this was another of Harley Earl's masterpieces and again built in cooperation with Buick engineering.

The full list of vintage Buick production cars scheduled for Hilton Head: 1905 Model C, 1908 Model 10, 1925 Master Six, 1936 Century, 1939 Roadmaster, 1949 Roadmaster, 1953 Skylark, 1962 Special convertible, 1963 Riviera, 1987 Regal GNX.

These concept Buicks are expected: 1938 Y-Job, 1951 LeSabre, 1951 XP-300, 1954 Wildcat II, 1956 Centurion, 1963 Riviera Silver Arrow I, 1985 Wildcat, 1995 XP2000, 1999 Cielo and 2001 Bengal. (One or two substitutions is possible).

Besides the Buick Bug, another specialty car is a replica of the first Flint Buick of 1904, with an original 1904 Buick engine, one of only two known to exist.

Buick began its centennial celebration on the West Coast, opening a traveling heritage exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in February of 2002. The exhibit has been displayed at various museums across the country, at GM headquarters in Detroit and during Buick's big centennial show in Flint in July. Now, at Hilton Head, it concludes its centennial on the East Coast.The Concours d'Elegance at Honey Horn Plantation on Hilton Head Island runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2. The one-day ticket price is $25 for adults, $15 for students 12 to 18 and free for children under 12.

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