One-off Buick Norman Timbs Special destroyed in fire
The fires in California claimed a 30+ car collection in Malibu. One of the cars was this piece of art
Some time ago, I wrote an article about the gorgeous Buick Norman Timbs Special. It was a beautiful streamlined car that could cure sore eyes within seconds. Sadly, according to websites Autoweek and The Drive, the car is no longer with us.
It was a part of 30+ car collection belonging to a car enthusiast Gary Cerveny. The story of this Buick is very cool, and the car was even abandoned in a desert for for few years until Cerveny discovered it. He paid $17 million for the wreck of the car, and immediately started restoring it. The car got back its former glory in 2010, and Cerveny was showing it off regularly on many classic car shows.
Apart from this Buick, his collection included a Ferrari Dino, 1965 Pontiac GTO Gasser, 1966 Dodge Dart, Marty Robbins Nascar, 1966 Dodge Charger, 1997 Dodge Viper, 1953 Studebaker Kart Hauler, 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, few 1950s Indy cars, a Nanook Fuel Altered drag car powered by a Hispano Suiza engine, 1953 Hudson Italia and many more, all of which were destroyed in these horrific fires.
As a petrolhead, I have to say that I'm glad that Cerveny tried to give this car a second chance in life. Sadly, fate had different plans.
Note: I am aware that losing a car(s) is not the same as the deaths of 29 people. But, since this page is about cars, I wanted to show that a losing piece of automotive history can also be heartbreaking.
Credit: Autoweek.com and The Drive
Here's a gallery to remember this masterpiece
Norman Timbs next to his creation. Credit: CarDesignNews.com