|1956 Buick Special||M60 Home Restorations Gallery|
This early '56 Buick needed power and got it with a 264 cubic inch Nailhead V8 engine (the Roadmaster, Super, and Century, all had 236 horse, 320 cubic inch V-8s). Power to the road came via the Buick Dynaflow automatic transmission. Power steering tamed the size and weight of the car, and a generator rather than an alternator provided for electrical needs. A fan of Sinatra and Cole? The Sonomatic AM radio with electric antenna filled the spacious interior with music. The '56 Buick Special retained the Sweepspear side trim, with rounded fender cutouts. There were new tail lights and a slightly modified grille, and of course the three oval Ventiports. The paint scheme on Elliot's car is Dover White over Carlsbad Black, and the interior is black and ivory.
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