This Buick Century convertible was one of the more restrained and understated cars of 1957, the year Virgil Exner introduced really big fins to Chrysler's Forward Look, and also the year of Mercury's science fiction Turnpike Cruiser, with its dummy radar antennae. The sunny, optimistic verve of the '57 Buick line was followed by the chrome-encrusted excess of the '58*. But this was a concours d'elegance, so there were no '58s here.
Depressed by all this talk of escalating prices, unobtainable cars and an increasingly conglomerate-dominated hobby? Let's switch to soothing black and white photography, just like Road & Track used in 1961, and for a moment we can dream we're back in the era of four-digit car values and gas prices expressed in cents. It will be a kind of visual moment of silence for a lost world...
1958 Buick: 8/3/16
Pierce Silver Arrow: 12/31/16
The Academy of Art University car collection was surveyed in our posting for 4/29/18.