Thank you for bringing back classic memories of a beautiful time in my life. Like you, I also had a 1978 Buick Park Avenue, red 4 door, with a white top. Some of my friends got together who also owned 1977 - 78 Park Avenues, and we started the "Park Avenue" club touring the streets of Detroit in our classic beauties. Be Forever Blessed!!! J.H.
The very first brand new car my uncle bought was a 1978 Buick Park Avenue 4 door that was loaded. I was only 7 or 8 at the time, but I'll never forget seeing it setting in the dealer showroom window. It cost 11,500 dollars.
It was a "battle tank" of a car. I remember when it tore out the whole side of a Trans-Am, and it barely shook us. It only tore the black plastic bumper guard a little bit on the front. Even the plastic was made much tougher back then. LOL.
I have never been in a car that rode as smoothly as it did. It's been a long time, but I can still remember the sweet sound of that monster 403 Olds engine at full throttle. If I'm not mistaken, Buick painted their engines blue, and Oldsmobile painted theirs black.
I remember how the jack hooked onto the front or back bumper. You try jacking a new car up by the bumper today, and it would tear the whole car apart. LOL.
The car is now gone, and my uncle also. I'll always miss them both.
Update from Aug 8, 2007 "My Timeless Classic".
Jan 4, 2011.
My beautiful Park Avenue has won three car shows to date, and is now mother of pearl white with a carmel top and body side moldings. The car also has dual exhaust, with chromed out engine parts... vouge whitewall tires for that perfect touch.. my baby is never driven in snow or rain. See ya at the Woodward Dream Cruise 2011!!!
Be blessed... flight 225.