We see many unique custom rides over the course of a year, but this 1953 Buick may well be one of the most striking custom cars we have ever seen, if the measurement is the large number of curious onlookers at a car show.
Owner Eric Christensen is a friendly guy who has gotten used to all of the attention and questions directed at his wild custom Buick.
For starters, the paint changes colors whenever the light hits it at a new angle because the paint scheme is a tricky blend of red, blue, green, yellow and silver.
The Buick’s journey to its incredible wild custom look started when Eric found it sitting in pieces on a driveway.
The missing pieces were not really an obstacle for Eric because he envisioned a custom concept where the missing pieces would be replaced by new add-ons from other donor cars.
The reasons begin with the platform because this Buick sits on a 1975 Olds Delta 88 frame and sports a 455 cubic inch big block Olds engine.
The rear fins are pure 50s Packard, while the tail lights are all-Caddy. Eric added a Mercedes feature when he used their convertible material on the metal roof of his lead sled Buick.
The Buick also has custom headlights with the signal lights built right into the combination. The roof has been chopped 3 inches and the windshield pillars have been tilted back 3 inches to give the Buick a rakish look.
We ran into Eric and his Buick in early June of 2013 at a small show. The 2½ year project was completed in mid-April 2013 and Eric drove it home in a spring snowstorm mixed with rain.
By June 2013, he had already put on 3000 miles behind the wheel of his Buick custom and only 500 miles on his brand new Nissan.
Eric is a heart and soul car guy who takes every opportunity to drive his ride to shows, so he saw a lot of highway with the Buick. He was quick to point out; “I don’t even own a trailer.”
The car runs like a dream down the road and Eric pointed out his custom Buick will cruise a speeds well beyond the legal limit on most highways, but he enjoys the time behind the wheel and keeps the car at sub-sonic speeds.
Even the interior has been seriously upgraded with leather upholstery and comfortable modern seats to make the road trips very comfortable for Eric and his passengers.
An original 1953 Buick was already a luxurious ride, but it was nothing like Eric’s custom Buick and its enhanced creature comforts.
The entire package is a stunning example of why car guys choose the custom route for their rides because there is no other car like Eric’s Buick on the road. He has borrowed the best features from other makes to build his vision of the perfect custom ride.
It is a good thing Eric is a friendly guy who likes people because his Buick has made him the center of attention every time he takes it on the road-and he hits the road a lot in his Buick.