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My Buick had Ventiports, and Other Tales of Automotive Delinquency

Posted October 05, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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[Editor’s Note: Jim Van Orden returns to Hemmings In-Depth this week to reminisce about his Buick…and all the times it got him into trouble.]

I sure liked my 1955 Buick Special’s portholes…officially called “ventiports” by GM.

They boldly told the world I had “arrived.” It bothered me, I admit, there were only three. The larger, more powerful Buicks had four, along with more chrome, fancier names—Century, Super, and Roadmaster—and longer bodies rivaling expensive Cadillacs and Lincolns.

Unlike 1920s cars with real portholes, through which exhaust pipes exited and engine heat vented, it hardly concerned me mine were fake and didn’t enhance performance. It was all about image when I bought the Buick for $200 in 1961. I had been driving for a year and was “sophisticated.”

Faux engine portholes, rust pockets and memories of a teen with a $200 Buick in the '60s.

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10/06/2017 8:33 AM

I have a Buick Lucerne CX which only has three...

Now the Buick Lucerne Super,... that has four.

Even though, its most for just aesthetics, it does break up the rather blank canvas that with out it is just plain.

I like it.

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