The 1960 Buick
Fun and Games
The REAL (1960 Buick) "French Connection"
This black 1960 Invicta 4dr hardtop, model 4639, was the real-life French Connection car. Here, it is shown in a NYC police impound garage, after being confiscated. It is unclear if the thick coating of dust is from extended storage or possibly fingerprint dusting.

The French license plate on the Invicta reads 18 LU 75. I've been told the "75" signifies it was registered in Paris. Interestingly, the 1969 Lincoln Continental MkIII used for smuggling in the movie, wore a similar, but different, plate number: 18 LU 13 -- the "13" in this case, indicates Marseilles.
Another hidden compartment in the Buick was behind the inner fender liners. In the actual crime investigation, this was one of the more difficult areas for the authorities to locate. Apparently, quite a bit of the heroin was stashed here.

According to the book, technical assistance was provided by engineers at Buick Motor Division, both to locate and access this cavity.
1960 Buicks in Outer Space??
No, it's not a bad B-movie that you saw at the drive-in. This is actually a 1988 record album by Thomas Dolby entitled Aliens Ate My Buick.

If you look closely at the cover artwork, the car being consumed is not only a Buick, it's a 1960 Buick convertible!

Obscure and long out of print, copies of this gem can sometimes be found on that popular online auction site. A must for any serious collector of 1960 Buick literature!
And, in yet another media-related story...
Who is Conelrad?
Do you recognize this? It's the Civil Defense logo, and it's located at 640 and 1240 on the tuning dial of all AM radio receivers made from 1953 to 1963, including this (RIGHT) 1960 Buick unit.
Conelrad is an acronym for Control of Electromagnetic Radiation. Developed during the cold war, Conelrad was a network of emergency radio broadcast stations. If there was an emergency, you were to tune in to either 640 or 1240 (marked on your dial with the Civil Defense logo) for instructions. Conelrad became obsolete and was replaced in 1963 with the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS).
To find out more about Conelrad click here.
COPYRIGHT 2005 by Gregory L. Cockerill. All text contained herein, including interviews/recollections of other parties, is my original work and is owned by me. This also applies to all images of my white 1960 LeSabre convertible. As such, the aforementioned material may not be used without express written permission. Other images presented herein are either from the public domain or used with permission of the owner(s).