Regional History, Historic Automobiles, Astronomy & Hands-on Science

2 by 2 Dynamic Duos

All of the vehicles in the Sloan*Longway Collection have at least one thing in common; they helped shape the lives of the people of Flint and Genesee County.  But with so many vehicles in the collection, there are bound to more similarities than that! 2 by 2 focuses on 20 cars from our automobile collection, broken down into couples of cars that are a natural twosomes. The reasoning behind some of the duos are obvious, like a set of Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars and a pair of World War II military vehicles, but at first glance some of the other groups appear to be strange bedfellows that require a little more research to tease out their association.  Do you know the connection between the Whiting and the Little, two of Flint’s “orphan” car companies? Or the tie that binds a Buick racer to a Chevrolet production car? Can you spot the design element that links a 1954 Buick and a 1991 (hint: it’s not portholes)?

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The Buick Gallery (Closed)

Buick Gallery is closed for repairs. Sloan Museum plans to display vehicles from its automotive collection at Courtland Center Mall, though a date for the exhibition to open has not been set.

The Buick Automotive Gallery is also home to the Sloan Museum’s Perry Archives. Here we house a wide array of photographs, records and objects chronicling the people and history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan. The Archives are open to the public by appointment. Researchers are encouraged call 810.237.3440 or send an email to to arrange an appointment with Collections staff.

Researchers interested in additional information regarding our Buick Motor Division collection, please visit our Automotive Research page for further assistance.

Despite the name, the Buick Automotive Gallery and Research Center isn’t only about Buicks. Our archive consists of information on a large variety of vehicles produced in and around the Flint, Michigan, area

Buick Motor Division
When Buick Motor Division relocated from Flint in 1999, Sloan*Longway received a tremendous donation of materials. Sales literature, promotional photographs, production information, wholesale order forms, service and product description manuals, and early company history records were included. Employee information was not maintained.

Members of the Flint Genealogical Society are available on Wednesdays between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to assist guests with genealogical research.

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