by Anura Guruge
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It was last Thursday afternoon and I saw it as I was approaching the Alton rotary — from Rte 28 (West). It was already on the rotary. I immediately spotted the fixed, external metal visor. You don’t see those anymore. I guess they wreak havoc to the aerodynamics of a car and I can just imagine the forces exerted on it at speed. I wanted the kids to see it. I had a hunch that it would pull into McDonald’s. Took a ‘wager’ with the kids. I won. It did pull into McDonald’s. I followed it and managed to park right next to it.
Not having grown up here and with nearly all the cars in Ceylon, in my time, having been European, I don’t know much about old American cars. But, I know a cool car when I see it.
They were from Maine. I asked permission to take some pictures. Luckily Deanna had her camera on her. The driver told me it was a 1940. Wow. Even older than me. Showed the kids the visor. They, as I knew, thought it was cool. The lights at the back are so small compared to the rest of the car. Interesting. Not sure of the ‘heraldry’ on the ‘shield’ (coat of arms). Let me look it up. Wow. $250 for an emblem. OK. Found it on Wikipedia: “The Buick Trishield is rooted in the ancestral coat of arms of the automaker’s founder, David Dunbar Buick. That crest was a red shield with a checkered silver and azure diagonal line from the upper left to lower right, a stag above, and a punctured cross below. The division adopted this on its radiator grilles in 1937. In 1960, the logo underwent a major overhaul. Its single shield was replaced by a trio …” That stag is pretty stylized.
Anyway … ENJOY. Thought you might like to see the pictures. That is about all I know. Oh, I found out that the name denotes a straight 8 — like what they used on planes. Didn’t get the capacity or horsepower. Quick Google. Anything from 3L to 5L. 128hp to 168hp. Wow. We have come a long way. What does a stock 5L produce now — upwards of 350?