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1956 Production numbers

posted Apr 10, 2010, 1:38 PM by Robert Budd   [ updated Apr 10, 2010, 1:58 PM ]
I have completed the analysis of the month-by-month production numbers of all 8 GM factories building Buicks in 1956.  I can now tell, based upon VIN number, the week of manufacture for your 1956 Buick.  Pretty interesting!  My particular car was built in the 3rd week of April, 1956 in the South Gate, CA Buick/Olds/Pontiac (BOP) GM facility.  The other interesting thing I found is that Hemmings has their numbers wrong for 1956 Buick production (too few accounted for).  It took these numbers from a discovered stash of GM executive files that were the signed copies (R.M. Wagner, General Manager of Production) of the monthly production output, along with the subsequent corrections issued.  The numbers I have match down to the exact totals that are published in the "Standard Catalog of Buick: 1903-2000"