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By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
Howard Mednick says that when he takes his immaculately-restored 1933 Buick out for a spin, it gets a lot of attention and thumbs-up from people on the street. When his 1933 Buick model 67 first made its way along American roads, the hand gestures may not have been so friendly. America was still mired in the Great Depression and the $600 average cost of a new car was beyond the reach of most Americans. The Buick 67 hefty $1,310 price tag fostered some resentment among the struggling millions.
“In the 1930s, Buick and Cadillac were pretty much equal, although in many peoples opinion, Buick was actually more luxurious,” Mednick says. “It was just an incredible machine, and in 1933, only someone pretty wealthy could afford one, like a doctor, lawyer or gangster.”
When Mednick purchased the car six years ago, most of the period-correct restoration had been completed by the previous owner in Oregon. Mednick quickly learned that finding original parts for an 80 year-old car, especially when fewer than 7,500 were built, would be tricky.
“We did the paint, added the trunk and spare wheel side mounts, redid the floor and did lots of engine work,” Mednick recalls. “When I found the wheel side mounts in Traverse City, Michigan, they were actually the same color as the car, although we had to repaint them. What are the chances of them being the same color? This particular Buick did not come with the optional trunk, but we found an original trunk with all the suitcases in Escobedo, Calif. To find a complete set, much less in such pristine condition, is very rare.”
The only option available on a 1933 Buick 67 is a radio, which Mednick is still searching for.
Powered by a 97 horsepower, 272 cubic-inch straight-eight engine with a manual three-speed transmission and floor-mounted shifter, the car produces a hefty 210 pounds-feet of torque. Weighing in at two tons, the Buick needed all the torque it could muster.
Visually, the 1933 Buick 67 is a gem of pre-war American automotive styling, with a 127-inch wheelbase, wire spoke wheels, a stylish V-shaped grille and long hood. The roomy interior features four large gauges in a wooden dashboard, a fully carpeted floor, pull-down window shades, flower vases and a large rear seat.
“Amazingly, you can open the front vent window and the rear vent windows and it actually feels like the car has air conditioning when you are driving,” Mednick adds. “The vent windows cut down the wind, but the inside of the car feels cool.”
While the car does draw a lot of attention on the road, Mednick says it requires more effort to drive than modern vehicles.
“The car has cable brakes, so you have to really push down hard on the pedal to stop. It does not stop on a dime. You have to be continually aware of your surroundings when you are driving it. The road can pull it from side to side, and it has a really large steering wheel. They do not make radial tires for the 17-inch wheels, so it has bias tires with tubes inside,” Mednick explains. “I have had it up to 65 miles-per-hour, but I do not want to push it faster with the bias tires and slow brakes.”
The car has won several best in class and best of show awards in every show Mednick has entered the Buick, except for a show in Winter Park, but that show was before the restoration work was complete.  “It is a special car and the restoration is as close to original as possible. It is fun to drive, but it is not something you want to take out daily,” he adds.

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