The 1962 Buick Special was part of the third generation of the Buick Special line, produced from 1961 to 1963, and being a 2-door sedan it proved to be one of the most popular cars to acquire. The 1962 Buick Special featured a sleek design with clean lines and a streamlined appearance with a distinctive front grille and quad headlights. The rear featured classic tail fins, always a cool feature. While the car was around for the start of the Muscle Car era, the biggest V8 available was a baby 215 cubic-inch V8 engine that produced just on 100 kW, or 135 hp. Shame. Inside there was a comfortable and spacious cabin with a simple and elegant design but with great attention to detail and quality materials. With the styling and lines, the Buick Special made a great base for a project car, and that’s what you see here. This car, now known as Bu’Wicked, is arguably the coolest on the planet, built in the early 2000s by Bill McGlaughlin’s Hot Rod Fabrication in Auburn, Washington. The build was good enough to compete for the 2003 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year, a competition with the highest standards attended by the best car builders in the US. The car made the cover of Custom Rodder Magazine and was featured in Popular Hot Rodding magazine, and it was chosen by Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi for the GT award at the 2003 SEMA Show. The coolest claim to fame is the car was available to use in the Gran Turismo game series, and featured in Gran Turismo 4, 5 and 6. Many gamers around the world weren’t aware that the 1962 Buik Special was based on an actual real-life car.
Take a look at the YouTube video showing this absolutely stunning 1962 Buick Special in action on track in Gran Turismo 5, and then after seeing that, click through to the videos that follow showing a recent walkaround of the car as well as a cold start. This ain't no regular restored car, this was a car built with winning a hotly contested car build competition, and so there are no shortcuts and only the best of the best parts and processes went into it - and this explains why the car was featured everywhere it was: Gran Turismo 5: Buick Special '62 [PS3] [HD720p] | DOPPELgameplayVIDEOS
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