How to Identify Buick Models

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    • 1). Find the Buick Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate at the bottom of the windshield on the driver's side. Buicks manufactured before 1981 have a 13-digit VIN, while Buicks manufactured after 1981 will have a 17-digit VIN.

    • 2). Look for a large brass cursive "Buick" appearing on the mesh radiator grille of Buicks from the early 1900s.

    • 3). Observe classic Buicks from the 1920s and the 1930s for their hood ornaments. Hood ornaments on Buicks included a lady's head with wings in the 1920s, womens' figures and stylized locomotives in the 1930s, airplanes in the 1940s, gunsights in the late 1940s to mid 1950s and a jetfighter in the mid-1950s.

    • 4). Watch for the Buick tri-shield logo, which identifies Buicks built after 1960. Between 1937 and 1960, the logo included only one red shield with a checkered light purplish-blue and silver diagonal line, which ran from the upper left corner to the lower right corner of the shield and included a buck's head and cross. In 1960, the shield became a tri-shield. Between 1976 and the late 1980s, Buick added an additional logo consisting of a hawk perched on the BUICK block letters. The cross and buck's head no longer appear on the tri-shield.

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