Buick’s 425 cubic inch “Nailhead” V8 was renowned for massive torque production, and it’s just beautifully detailed. A custom air cleaner sits on top of dual Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetors and an Elco intake manifold, so power delivery is plenty snappy, even for such a big car. Correct turquoise paint makes the engine look correct, and the period finned valve covers and valley pan, it has a bit of a racy attitude. Features include power steering and power brakes, and factory A/C (needs to be serviced) so this car feels luxurious and effortless in everything it does. The transmission is a TH400 3-speed automatic, which would eventually supersede the venerable Dynaflow, and it powers a set of reasonably tall gears out back, making this a great highway cruiser that just loafs along with the big block barely breaking a sweat. The dual exhaust burbles along happily at any speed and you’ll be shocked by just how clean this car is underneath.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States