Seldom do cars hold names that instantly ring a bell of well-known places. Perhaps, automakers veer away from naming their cars with such for fear that the models will not live up to the name of these distinguished places. But the Buick Park Avenue was different, not only for its soft, posh looks, but also for how it brought to memory the old American preference for luxury. The Buick Park Avenue had several changes through the years divided into two generations, but what had been kept always there was the sweet and royal experience that could be had inside its grand interiors.
1991 – 1996: Endowed with the Buick structure and power
Using the C-body structure, the base first-generation models run on a 3.8-liter V6 engine, but the Ultra versions had a supercharged powerhouse. Combining the front-wheel drive and 4-speed automatic transmission configurations, these units cruised American roads like a breeze similar with Cadillac models and Oldsmobile 98. The power of the models, which was 240-hp, was matched with beautiful interiors made of velour, which was upgradeable to leather. The dollar-grin grille design, along with the softer lines on the exteriors and full-width taillights, was one of the units’ distinct marks. The list of other features included a wide numberplate bezel, side turn signal repeaters, rear fog lamps, soft airbags, seat belt and seat anchors, and headlights with various lens patterns. These models became a good car choice for being fuel efficient, smooth-riding, and powerful.
1997 – 2005: Endowed with a new structure, new dimensions, and new styles
The succeeding models added a few inches to the length, height, and width, making the vehicles the company’s flagship sedan. The C-body structure was dropped, making for a stiffer and less noisy underbody, and the renowned Buick V6 engine remained an asset, still producing between 205-hp and 240-hp. Like the previous generation, the Ultra models received more engine power than the base models; the Ultra models had more luxurious seats and an improved audio system. The units still had the Buick mark for being externally
soft with sharp linear accents and peaks. The interiors also shed off the plush velour and gave way to leather. The VentiPorts, one of the characteristic decorations of these cars, were used and were matched with a bolder grille and a larger unicolored tri-shield badge. The exterior configurations included a chrome bar above the plate, a factory hood ornament, amber turn signal flashers, and a restyled rear fascia. Bigger gauges were used and controls were made easier to use.