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Benefiting George W. Bush Institute's Military Service InitiativeOwner, Rancho Palos Verdes, California (acquired new in 1957)Sondland-Durant Foundation, Portland, Oregon (acquired from the above in 2012)George W. Bush Foundation, Dallas, Texas (donated by the above)
Positioned at the top of the Buick line and sold only in the 1957 and 1958 model years, the Caballero was inspired by Buick’s 1956 Centurion Dream Car. With its B-pillarless design and sweeping door line, Buick’s flagship wagon was a true design leader. Though successful, high production costs led to the cancellation of the Caballero model before 1959.
This striking Buick Caballero Estate Wagon has been generously donated to the George W. Bush Foundation by Portland’s Sondland-Durant Foundation. Sold new in 1957 by William Murphy Buick in Culver City, California, this Caballero remained in the possession of its original owner until 2012. The classic Buick is said to drive effortlessly, shows very well, and has been hand-signed by President George W. Bush, “43.” The George W. Bush Institute, founded by former President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush in 2009, is a public policy center in Dallas with the mission of advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and across the globe. The George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative honors the service and sacrifice of post-9-11 veterans and their families. Through research, resources, programs, and presidential recognition – the unique ability of the former Commander in Chief to convene, spotlight, and inspire – the Military Service Initiative unites the efforts of communities, nonprofits, businesses, academia, and individuals to find and advance solutions to empower veterans to continue to serve as national assets after they remove the uniform.