On this day in auto history – May 19th

Wed 19th May 2021

It was on this day in 1903 that the Buick Motor Company - America’s oldest active motoring marque - was incorporated by Scottish-born American David Dunbar Buick.

Born in Arbroath, Buick moved to Detroit with his family as an infant and originally worked for a company making plumbing goods before taking over the company at a young age and honing his skill as an inventor.

During the 1880’s, Buick developed an interest in internal combustion engines before entering the automobile market to great acclaim, however, he accepted a severance package from the Buick Motor Company just three years after its formation.

William Durant was brought in as a controlling investor in 1904 and, after making a series of other corporate acquisitions, he made Buick the cornerstone of his new mega-corporation General Motors.

Under the General Motors banner, Buick has gone on to establish a reputation as an upscale motoring brand positioned above GM’s mainstream offerings whilst sitting below the flagship luxury of the Cadillac division.

Though remaining strong in North America, the main market for Buicks is now China where over 80% of the models are sold.