Skip to comments.Entombed car unearthed after 40 years - Classic Cars
Posted on 04/04/2010 5:27:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono
KANKAKEE, Ill.- A 1958 Buick has been unearthed almost 40 years after three young men walled it up under an Illinois house as a practical joke , observers said.
The Buick Special was abandoned in Kankakee, Ill., in 1971 when it broke down and its owner couldn't afford the repair costs, The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday.
A local dealer had no use for it and gave it to the three jokesters, who bricked it behind a wall in the basement of a house one of them owned, the newspaper said.
Daniel Newman, 65, one of the perpetrators of the gag, still lives in Kankakee.
"It was just something to do. ... We just pushed it down there ... but first, we took the tires off because they were good," Newman said.
John Tamblyn bought the house three years ago and discovered the car when he looked through a hole in the basement wall.
"I was surprised it was in such good shape, considering the car is 52 years old," Tamblyn said.
Tamblyn says he hopes to restore the car.
13 year old junker to classic.
THAT is a beautiful car.
In the town over from me here on the jersey Shore, Point Pleasant, about fifty years ago someone got the bright idea to use old cars like this as a kind of dune, a break against tidal surges and large waves. They were buried about half-way and then covered with sand. Everything was fine until the nor’easter in 1992 unearthed them and sent them smashing into homes on the beach.
The joke is on them. 1958 Buicks are very desirable and worth a lot of money in restorable condition which this one appears to be in.
My uncle owned a gold and white 58 Buick Special back in the day! Rear fins were big in the late 50’s auto models.
My dad had a red and white 57 Dodge Coronet with fins too.
What a beautiful car!
My uncle had a red buick, just like that, with a white top. I think I have a picture of him standing next it, in front of our house. It was beautiful car. He always drove Buicks, but that’s the only one that I remember.
Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?
You’ve no idea the ride those cars gave. Just like on a cloud.
A good project might be to restore industrial capacity to produce such a car!
Restore it to later find out Democrat Cap-n-Tax legislation calls for all Classic Cars to be crushed
Three "survivors" of the many red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury stunt cars used in Christine now reside in private hands, one in California (pictured), one in Florida and one in England
Ghost Parking Lot - Gone - http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/4491
In better times
1958 Eldorado Biarritz
Is that the “Ghost Parking Lot” in Hamden, CT?
****Restore it to later find out Democrat Cap-n-Tax legislation calls for all Classic Cars to be crushed****
They won’t be so bold. They will legislate for them a special license only good for parades and historical events.
If only a few dozen Christines would come back to life, there’s heaps of work for them to do. Like avenging classic cars murdered by the “cash for clunkers” program.
SC—this is a fun one. FYI.
Q: What was the most positive result of the
“Cash for clunkers” program?
A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
-— David Letterman
Sure is - well, was.
In 1971 a ‘58 Buick was just another old car.
I was 15 years old and in love with that car.
We had a blue and white 4 door Chevy Bel Air my dad bought brand new in late ‘57.
In ‘65 his brother gave him a Cadillac—his 1958 Cadillac 60 Special. It was a huge car with fins. Picked up my wife for our first date in 1971 in that tank—it was painted battleship grey.
Had every piece of chrome imaginable, plus fender skirts. Used to clean the whitewalls with Brillo. It took a long time to wash that car.
The gas cap was under the left rear taillights—which were hinged for access. In NJ, we had(they still have) gas attendants to pump your gas. We used to get a kick watching the attendants try to figure out where the gas went. Then we’d have to tell them.
It had air conditioning and drove so smoothly. A lot of power in the hands of a 17 year old!
It’s too bad the article didn’t include pics of the time capsule Buick. Good tagline, by the way...words to live by.
Very nice suprise!
Buick to change tag line, revise badge for new campaign
Buick will be launching both a new tag line for its advertising as well as a redesigned badge for its product line, according to a recent report by Automotive News.
It wouldn’t be the first time Buick has decided to revamp its advertising campaign. In the last three years, the automaker seems to have been suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, changing its tag line no fewer than three times. The latest change is from “Beyond Precision” to “Drive Beautiful,” which according to Buick, is intended to play to the emotion of driving a luxury vehicle.
We were a Buick family when I was growing up. Mid-50’s Roadmasters, Rivieras during the 60’s & 70’s. Somehow a ‘62 Le Sabre got in there - only kept it for a year or so.
Sweet rides and just beautifully crafted cars. Great dashbords during those years. Full of mirrors, lights and bells and whistles galore. Auto-dimmers for the headlights...etc.
1958 - The year of the chrome. I think Buick had more than all the others.
I sold a 56 Buick not 2 years ago.
All original too !
My uncle still had two of these when I was a kid. I remember riding in them.
Last I saw of them was in the late Seventies. They were at his farm sitting up on the hill in the grove rusting away. I remember thinking what a shame that was.
Joe, I should have been more clear in my note.
Those are the right colors—exactly right. The car was a ‘58 Chevy Bel Air my dad bought in late ‘57.
He was a factory worker, paying a mortgage, had four kids, and could still buy a new car all on one salary. Those were good times.
Remember how cool it was to see the changes every model year?
When they said power steering and brakes that’s what they meant. One finger to spin the wheel out of a parking spot and you could put an egg under your foot and still apply the brakes.
Kind of a Cleopatra’s barge on white walls.
ping - Mr. Buick, tear down this wall!
Dan Matthews of Highway Patrol (Broderick Crawford) also drove a ‘58 Buick. Probably a Super with a Police package.
Back then, Buicks still had Dynaflow transmissions, which meant no mechanical coupling, just the hydraulic turbine. (By that time, I believe they had automatic variable pitch, so you could feel a shifting effect.)
Dad’s second new car (after the ‘47 Chevy) was a ‘51 Special, followed by a ‘55 Super hardtop. Later, Mom bought a used ‘57 Super.
The family of a high school buddy had a ‘58. He left the rear right passenger door open in the garage one day, and then his mom got in and tried to back out. Oops!
Shoot! You can’t tell from the pic whether there’s three for four portholes!
Given that it was Perry Mason, I’m sure there were four.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.