This Buick fan by no means thought he would discover, let alongside purchase, a uncommon model of the Park Avenue

Steve Roberts has many hobbies. Along with gardening — Scarborough has acknowledged him for having one of many neighborhood’s finest gardens — he builds curler skates and tinkers along with his autos. The 85-year-old additionally enjoys visiting the area’s many flea markets, property and yard gross sales trying to find something automotive-related.

Roberts has all the time purchased his autos second-hand and has a comfortable spot for orphaned ones. He has owned a collection of GM fashions over time, together with a 1954, 1959 and 1965 Chevrolet, and 4 Buick Park Avenues. To say he’s a fan of full-sized luxurious vehicles is an understatement. He at the moment drives a 2005 Buick Park Avenue Extremely Particular Version.

He purchased the automotive to switch his 1997 Buick Park Avenue Extremely Supercharged, which he was spending extra time fixing than driving. The Particular Version was offered by its unique proprietor and, whereas it had its justifiable share of points, Roberts knew he might repair it. He tells us why he loves his automobile.

Steve Roberts loves the fact that his car is supercharged and has tuned it for better fuel economy. According to his own records, he's gotten as low as five litres per 100 kilometres on the highway.

“I might by no means afford a brand-new automotive,” Roberts stated. “I normally picked up a automotive that wanted loads of repairs. I’m a mechanic, however I by no means obtained my licence as a result of I went into printing as an alternative, however there’s nothing on a automotive that I can’t repair or restore. I’ve constructed motors, transmissions, differentials and the electronics. That’s why I like to stay with one model.

“The 2005 was the final Park Avenue Buick made (it was discontinued within the U.S.). This one is the Park Avenue Particular Version Extremely, which suggests it was a restricted manufacturing mannequin. They solely made 300 of them. It has particular trim, badging, break up bench seats and was solely accessible in a single color mixture. It had 17-inch rims as an alternative of the 16-inch on the bottom mannequin.

“My automotive has every thing that was accessible apart from the ground console — supposedly it was one other $3,000 only for that. Final 12 months I discovered a automotive that had a ground console (I might take it from),” he stated.

Steve Roberts is an avid fan of everything Buick. In addition to collecting various keepsakes, including original press packages, he has clothing with the company's logo embroidered on them.

“I’ve modified a few issues. The 1997 had a nicer grill. I had two spare ones for the 1997, so I painted one in all them black and put it on the 2005, which makes it look higher than with its chrome-plated grill. I saved the unique grill in case I need to put it again on.

“I’ve been amassing paperwork for the Buick,” stated Roberts. “I’ve the 1997 press bundle, which comes with all of the totally different brochures that confirmed the totally different fashions, color combos, inside, and so forth., and a set of eight-by-10 black-and-white promo photographs of the Park Avenue. I’ve been procuring round looking for the identical press bundle for the 2005, however I’m not anticipating that I’ll discover it.

“That is most likely the final automotive I’m going to personal,” stated Roberts. “I simply obtained fortunate. I wasn’t even anticipating I’d ever discover one as a result of it’s a extremely uncommon mannequin.”

This text was edited for house and readability. To be featured in Why I Love My Car?, e mail us at wheels@thestar.ca. Renée S. Suen is a Toronto-based life-style author and photographer. Observe her on Twitter: @rssuen.

A more in-depth look: 2005 Buick Park Avenue Extremely Particular Version

A GM devotee

“I’ve all the time preferred Buicks,” stated Roberts. “For some time, I preferred European vehicles, however they have been too costly to repair. A number of occasions you couldn’t get components for them. I went via all kinds of various British autos. I solely ever had one Chrysler product, and my first Ford had an overhead valve engine that was a lemon, so I by no means went again to Fords. I solely appear to love GMs.”

Upgraded design

“The 1985 Buick Park Avenue was my first front-wheel-drive automotive,” stated Roberts. “Then I owned a 1993 Park Avenue that was supercharged, after which a supercharged 1997 Park Avenue. The ’97 was the primary in its collection, and the 2005, which I’ve now, was the final of that collection. Being in the identical collection, they used the identical physique, so that they each look alike. However they upgraded the horsepower and extra toys over time.”

A quiet trip

“It’s obtained four-wheel impartial suspension,” stated Roberts. “It’s additionally obtained overdrive transmission. It’s quiet. It’s highly effective. You realize, with the supercharger, it goes like a bat out of you-know-what. And it’s comparatively low cost on fuel. I’ve obtained to observe it as a result of a few occasions I’ve had it over the pace restrict. I pulled out to cross a truck, and simply put my foot onto the fuel onerous, and it shot as much as 150 kilometres like nothing.”

The specs

  • Physique fashion4-door sedan
  • Drive methodologyEntrance-wheel drive
  • Engine3.8 l V6 cylinder engine, 240 hp; 230 lb.-ft. torque
  • Gasoline economic system (metropolis/freeway)8.1/11.9 litres per 100 kilometres
  • ValueBeginning at $40,730 (U.S.) in 2005

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