1949 Buick Super Sedanette & "Mission Beach Girl" Swimsuit Model Leslie
1949 Buick Super Sedanette - The Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach
A Day in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach with Leslie and a 1949 Buick Sedanette
Mission Beach and Pacific Beach San Diego offer some of the best beaches in Southern California for locals and tourists alike.
There is great surfing, boardwalk, beaches, bars, restaurants and of course pretty girls and classic cars.
Come with us as we spend a day with SoCal Beaches Magazine and "Mission Beach Girl" Leslie and cruise though Pacific Beach and Mission Beach San Diego.
* Special thanks to 1949 Buick owner Riley for taking to bring out this Buick classic and helping with the refection screen for some of the shots
* Special thanks to Randy and The Crystal Pier Hotel and Cottages for allowing us access. Sleep under the Ocean in Pacific Beach at The Crystal Pier Hotel. Visit their website at www.crystalpierhotel.com
Being a maker of premium automobiles, Buick was harder hit by the great depression than most of its competitors. In 1933, production plummeted to a little more than 40,000 units. By late that year, Harlow H. Curtice, the 39-year-old president of AC Spark Plug, was tapped by GM to bring Buick back to its former greatness.
A super salesman in the Durant mold, Curtice brought power and speed back to Buick. In 1934, the small Series 40 was launched. It gave exceptional performance for its price of $865. Production that year topped 78,000. Next he issued a simple challenge to Harley Earl, GM's design chief, who always drove Cadillacs. Curtice's challenge: "Design me a Buick you would like to own." The result was the 1936 line which added Roadmaster and other successful names to the Buick stable: Special, Super, Century, Limited. That year production was close to 200,000. Buick, said a GM executive, was "off relief."
Buick continued to break ground in styling and engineering until it turned to World War II military production Feb. 2, 1942. During World War I, Buick had built Liberty aircraft engines and Red Cross ambulances (the division today displays a letter of thanks from Great Britain's then minister of munitions, Winston Churchill, to Durant for war production). In World War II Buick helped make Flint an "arsenal of Democracy" by building aircraft engines, Hellcat tank destroyers and other military hardware. Buick was awarded more than 30 separate military contracts and Buick-built material could be found at virtually every fighting front.
After the war, Buick expanded its facilities under Curtice, who in late 1948 became a GM executive vice-president, a job that led to the GM presidency a few years later. But despite the fact his responsibilities now included all the car and truck divisions, he never really left Buick or Flint. He maintained his home in that city and never owned any other make of car but a Buick.
Video clip of the 49 Buick Super cruising onto The Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach.
A Quick "Hello" with Leslie in Mission Beach
Behind the Scenes Shots
Whenever doing photo shoots with pretty girls and classic cars along the San Diego beaches there are always sure to be some memorable moments from admirers and passers by.
While doing this shoot we cruised out to the end of the Crystal Pier where the fisherman about dropped their poles when Leslie and this classic 1949 Buick rolled up.
Of course we had to let them get a shot or two with Leslie before we moved on down towards Mission Beach.
In Mission Beach again there were tourists who wanted photos....
Some we took and for one lucky sole we let him shoot the frame himself...
It is all in a day's work when doing a photo shoot along the Southern California beaches. Wherever we go small crowds start to gather and watch. Some like the pretty swimsuit models like Leslie and some like the cars...or at least pretend that they do.....either way it is all good fun!
If you see us on a shoot hit us up for a shot and if we are on schedule we will happily oblige and get you in one of these articles.
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