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The BCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of automobiles built by the Buick Motor Division of General Motors Corporation Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Buick Motor Division, which claims one of the most dramatic and important chapters in the history of the American automobile, celebrated its 90th anniversary in 1993. The division's founder, David Dunbar Buick was building gasoline engines by 1899, and his engineer, Walter L. Marr, built the first automobile to be called a Buick between 1899 and 1900. But Buick traditionally dates its beginnings to 1903. That was the year the company was incorporated and moved from Detroit to Flint.

The division's history has been exciting from the beginning. Buick recovered from near bankruptcy in 1904 to become the No.1 producer of automobiles in 1908, surpassing the combined production of Ford and Cadillac, its closest competitors. Buick was the financial pillar on which General Motors today the world's largest automaker was created. Buick was where a number of major contributors to U.S. auto history first headed an auto-building company, such as Billy Durant, GM's founder Charles W. Nash, a founder of what later became American Motors Walter P. Chrysler, founder of Chrysler Corp. and Harlow H. Curtice, a GM president and chief executive in the postwar era. Louis Chevrolet, co-founder with Durant of the Chevrolet automobile, had earlier achieved fame as a Buick race team driver.

Buick was serving notice that it would continue to improve its reputation for product leadership. For the most part, that has been true for more than 90 years, since the days when David Buick, Eugene Richard and Walter Marr experimented with the valve in head engine, even before Billy Durant used Buick to build what became the largest automaker in history General Motors.

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