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Buick Limited (1958)


Buick Limited (1958)

Like many companies of the era, Buick decided bigger was better for 1958 and they added the lengthened Limited to their range. The car had such innovative extras as air suspension for an ultra smooth ride, plus alloy brake drums to speed heat dispersal and hence create better braking. Also new was the Flight-Pitch Dynaflow, a version of Buick's Dynaflow, which had three rather than two turbines inside to give a smoother transition through the gears. What all this actually created was an overly soft ride which would pitch the car over in corners, and an unresponsive gearbox. The brakes were the saving grace. This car was most about showing off Buick style, however, and nowhere was this more evident than on the over-fussy rear end, which had an overhang of over 60 inches or 5ft (1.5 m). Despite this, rear leg-room was atrocious. The car lasted until 1959.

Buick Limited (1958) Specifications

Top Speed:110 mph (176 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):11.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:364 ci (5,964 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 4,600 rpm
Max torque:400 lb ft (542 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:4,691 lb (2,132 kg)
Economy:13 mpg (4.60 km/I)
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