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was the 1972 Buick Estate Wagon. 

The infamous "Land Shark" named after Hunter Thompson's own Cadillac Convertible featured in his book, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

Parking valets on the Island (the for Palm Beach by locals) would jump over Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, or Mercedes-Benz automobiles to park "Shark". 

There was just something "cool" about this car because it was outrageously large & cumbersome...

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a novel by Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The book is a roman clef, rooted in autobiographical incidents. The story follows its protagonist, Raoul Duke, and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they descend on Las Vegas to chase the American Dream through a drug-induced haze, all the while ruminating on the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement. The work is Thompson's most famous book, and is noted for its lurid descriptions of illegal drug use and its early retrospective on the culture of the 1960s. Its popularization of Thompson's highly subjective blend of fact and fiction has become known as gonzo journalism. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, and was published as a book in 1972. It was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1998 by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro who portrayed Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively.

My 17th Car (1980)

Owner/Source1972 Buick Estate Wagon "The Shark",, abstracted by David A. Hennessee,, revisited or retrieved, recorded & uploaded to the website,, Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
File nameshark.jpg
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Dimensions630 x 436
Linked toDavid Alden Hennessee

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