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Wheels in the Grass

’55 Buick Special, Ransomville, N.Y.

This 1955 Buick Special four-door sedan is resting in a Ransomville front yard, wearing Minnesota Collector license plates. It’s a bit worn, but there are certainly worse-looking 55-year-old cars out there. In 1955 the California Highway Patrol had 270 Buick Century two-door sedans in its fleet – the only year the CHP used Buicks. The television show Highway Patrol (loosely based on the real CHP, but which actually took place in a nameless state in the 1950s) also used 1955 Centurys. This week’s Special listed for $2,291 back in 1955, and over 84 thousand of them were produced. Surprisingly, the upscale Buick was the third-best selling nameplate in the U.S that year. You can view the original brochure here.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

’55 Century on “Highway Patrol”
’55 Special brochure art