This is the first biography of David Buick, an enigmatic figure in automotive history. The storied Buick Motor Company, which formed the foundation for General Motors, 'had the management of stars,' said legendary GM executive Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Indeed, early Buick leaders included the charismatic Billy Durant, founder of GM; Charles Nash, a founder of what became American Motors; Walter Chrysler, founder of Chrysler Corporation; Walter Marr, Buick's first chief engineer, who was interacting with Henry Ford before the turn of the last century; and, Louis Chevrolet, a Buick racing star before lending his name to another Durant enterprise.But few remember the founder, David Dunbar Buick, though his name has been emblazoned on forty million cars over more than a hundred years. A native of Scotland who was brought to Detroit as a child, Buick is sometimes criticized as a hard-edged and wrong-headed businessman and a speculator in oil stocks. In "David Buick's Marvelous Motorcar", journalist and Buick expert Lawrence R. Gustin tells Buick's remarkable life story, sure to be of interest to auto enthusiasts and local historians.
Lawrence R. Gustin is an award-winning journalist who has concentrated on Buick history for more than forty years. He is also the author of Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors and The Buick: A Complete History, updated in five editions since 1980.