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Excitement on Automobile Alley with your Grandfather's Buick

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It's no secret that Bob Howard is a vintage car buff, and before every storefront along Automobile Alley was brought back to life with shops and restaurants, Howard once displayed some of his cars in the ground floor showroom of the 1100 N Broadway (now home to Sara Kate, the Factory and Sidecar).

Howard was, and remains, a car guy. He started out with a Pontiac dealership, and remains in the business with his Mercedes, Jaguar and Volvo dealership at NW 12 and Broadway. Early in this journey, at one  point, he also owned a Buick dealership.

So of course Howard has had fun with the historic Buick building at NW 10 and Broadway, where he moved his own offices into the top floor last year. He added excitement to the district with the recreation of the historic neon Buick sign that stood atop the building at 1101 N Broadway in the mid-20th century.

As an antique car collector, Howard attends auctions and on his latest visit in January he found a perfect addition: a 1935 Buick, likely matching the models that once were on display and sold out the very same lobby where it will be on public display.

Stan Lingo, whose construction company has built up an amazing resume of working on historic buildings, once again got to have some fun with the building it restored (along with 1100 N Broadway and the Marion Hotel apartments across the street).  Thanks to Stan and Lingo Construction for documenting their delivery of the car this morning!

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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