So happy you asked. Everyone needs a hobby. The 17hundred90 antique Buick is one of mine. It’s an amazing piece of early automobile engineering. It was a lot of work to get it running again, but it’s surprisingly easy to tinker with, if you have a LOT of time to put into it.
Buick made only 1001 of these cars in 1923. I’m not sure how many are still on the road, but a quick Google search showed one sold in Scottsdale, AZ in 2014 for $91,300: http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1923-BUICK-SERIES-23-45-5-PASSENGER-TOURING-161736. Technically the car is a 5 seater convertible. Convertible is a bit of a misnomer for this car though, since it actually has no windows. It is probably more similar to a horseless carriage than to a modern day convertible.
The engine is a “straight 6” (you can read more about that here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buick_Straight-6_engine).
Yup, it still Runs
Back in the 1920’s there weren’t a lot of good quality roads where you could drive a car. So the “need for speed” when engineering these things was probably a lot less than the “need to not topple out of the car and kill one’s self and family”. But the Buick does still run and paces at about 35 miles per hour. It’s a lot of fun to drive, and even more fun to be seen in.
That was me
If you see a long maroon antique car with bright red wheels somewhere in the historic district, you’re probably looking at me driving it. If it’s not me, please call immediately 😉 912-236-7122. I try to take it out for parades and such around town.
It takes a Lot to Make this Puppy Still Run
As you might expect, you can’t exactly go to a used auto parts store in Savannah, GA to find used tires and parts for a 1923 Buick. In fact, at one point we had to staple together one of the belts to get the engine to run. It’s definitely a passion project and the internet is a great tool for finding parts.
Want a Ride?
No guarantees, but if you ask at the front desk for the Inn’s owner, you might get lucky. Few things can make the historic district in Savannah feel more historic than a ride in a 1923 Buick. Enjoy your stay!