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Parallels Between Hemingway’s Buick Roadmaster and the Buick Avenir

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“Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports…all the others are games.” –Ernest Hemingway

Quite a few literature geeks appreciate Hemingway for his vivid, terse writing style, as well as his badass way of life that enhanced the ruggedness of his prose. However, some people might not know about this author’s obsession with Buick vehicles. Discover some parallels between Hemingway’s 1947 Roadmaster and the modern Avenir trim.


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1947 Buick Roadmaster

The 1947 Roadmaster arrived on the auto scene just after World War II, with the grounding combination of power and luxury that consumers craved in the wake of post-war poverty and political instability. During the model’s first year of production, it earned 20 percent of Buick’s total sales. The Roadmaster incorporated leather bolsters and leatherette lower door panels, as well as cloth upholstery and woodgrain facing. A refreshed fender design added a sleeker look to the car’s exterior. Superb horsepower and a reduced compression ratio resulted in more potent performance.

It’s no coincidence that Ernest Hemingway chose a 1947 Buick Roadmaster to ride out his final days. This Michigan-based brand shared the same location as Hemingway’s childhood summer haunts, at Walloon Lake. Hemingway also came back to this nostalgic place toward the end of his life, as a respite after a cross-country trip from Key West.

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2019 Buick Regal Avenir

The contemporary Buick Avenir

Buick’s current Avenir trim shares some similarities with Hemingway’s Roadmaster. The Avenir models currently makes up 20 percent of the brand’s overall sales, just like the Roadmaster did back in 1947.

It’s also the automaker’s most opulent model to date, just as the Roadmaster was back in its day. Exclusive diamond quilt-stitched front seats and embroidered headrests pair with available four-way lumbar support for driver and passenger. An 8-inch infotainment system with navigation and an eight-speaker Bose audio system help you stay engaged on long drives. The model also boasts a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs  250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Add on the fashionable 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels, three-dimensional mesh grille, and Avenir-specific sill plates and script badging on the front doors, and you get one lavish sedan.

Whether you’re a fan of Buick because of Hemingway or your passion for the Avenir (or both), the 2019 versions of this trim are definitely worth exploring if you need a new auto. Learn more about the 2019 Regal Avenir model here.

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