While many consider the 1950s to be the height of American car design, the cars of the early ’60s were when U.S. car designers really pulled out all the stops. Drawing on aircraft design and cars-of-the-future styling, they gave us some of the greatest automotive shapes ever.
A good example of this futuristic design is the Pick of the Day, a fantastic 1960 Buick LeSabre two-door sedan that is as cool as they come.
This Buick is a true survivor, according to the seller, a preservation car bought from its original owner by the Riverside, New Jersey, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
The color is Forest Green with contrasting light-and-dark-green interior. The photos with the ad show that the seats have some seam splits, but it looks as if they could be re-sewn, keeping the car highly original.
The car is powered by a 364 cid V8 with automatic transmission. Prior to offering the car for sale, the seller did a complete overhaul of the brake system, replacing wheel cylinders, brake lines and shoes, according to the listing.
The engine compartment looks like it could use a cleaning and detailing, but the car most likely could be brought up to a higher level with a bit of time and elbow grease.
The LeSabre was Buick’s entry-level vehicle, which is difficult to believe looking at the pictures of this car. There are acres of chrome and so many unique styling elements that it is hard to catalog them all.
The rear-fin treatment alone creates an awesome car design. The Buick would fit in perfectly on the TV show Mad Men.
The 1960 LeSabre introduced a few new things to the world, and revised some old ones as well. Making a reappearance were the chrome “Ventiport” portholes that had disappeared in 1957. New were the concave grill, the Buick Tri-Shield emblem, a instrument panel that included the ingenious “Mirromatic” speedometer where you could move the display up or down, and a new two-spoke steering wheel with horn bars instead of a horn ring.
Cars such as this LeSabre are not yet considered top-tier collectibles, which is great for anyone who falls for this car’s unique styling. If the Buick is as all-original as the seller states, it could be a viable contender for a number of AACA Preservation Class awards at both the regional and national level.
The asking price of $14,900 seems like very little money for quite a lot of very stylish car.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day