Buick Tail Fins

Buick Tail Fins – The Buick was an American automobile first produced by David Dunbar Buick starting in 1899. The first Buick company was called The Buick Auto-Vim and Power Co. of Detroit, MI. In 1902 The Buick Manufacturing Company was organized lasting only into 1903. Then David Buick renamed his company once again to The Buick Motor Car Company. General Motors acquired The Buick Motor Car Company in 1908 and has been part of GM ever since.


1952 Buick Tail Fins
1952 Buick Tail Fins

The first sign of a tail fin on a Buick occured in 1952 in the form of a tiny chrome fins across the back half of the rear quarter panel. Other than revised side trim for 1952 little changed from the 1951 Buick’s.


1953 Buick Tail Fins
1953 Buick Tail Fins

Buicks received a number of changes for 1953 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Fresh styling included twin bullet tail lights to give emphasis on the tail fins. The big buicks got the new 322 cubic inch V-8 making 188 horsepower. This was also the last year for the woody wagons.


1954 Buick Tail Fins
1954 Buick Tail Fins

All Buicks got larger square bodies for 1954. The tail fins had a slight hump on the top of the rear quarter panel and retained the twin bullet tail lights first seen in 1953. The Roadmaster Riviera hardtop coupe was the top of the line at $3,373 but the Skylark convertible cost more at $4,260.


1955 Buick Tail Fins
1955 Buick Tail Fins

The 1955 Buicks were redesigned and wore their revised lines very well. The front end had a massive chrome grille and bullets on the front bumber. Outback was another new tail fin and large chrome tail lights. The division’s 1955 production was nearly 800,000 units thanks to these new tail fins and all that chrome.


1956 Buick Tail Fins
1956 Buick Tail Fins

Buicks got minor front and rear syling revisions for 1956. The tail fin was about the same but the chrome tail light housing slightly smaller that the one on the 1955 Buicks. The top of the line Buick Roadmaster was listed at $3500 with these new features.


1957 Buick Tail Fins
1957 Buick Tail Fins

The 1957 Buick’s looked longer, lower and glassier. Even the tail fins and tail light housings was dashing and fairly large. 1957 was a decent year for Buick.


1958 Buick Tail Fins
1958 Buick Tail Fins

Buick went very ornate in 1958 with a grille housing of 160 shiny squares, along with pointed tail fins over gaudy chrome side panels. It was a bit to much even for the flashy 50s.


1959 Buick Tail Fins
1959 Buick Tail Fins

In a stunning beautiful reversal, Buick peeled most of the chrome from it completely restyled 1959 rear end. The huge canted wing tail fins were still there and mirrored the front. Minor changes can be seen on the 1960 Buick shown below. Nice job Buick.


1960 Buick Tail Fins
1960 Buick Tail Fins