Pick of the Day: 1960 Buick LeSabre

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The 1960 Buick LeSabre is said to be a preserved survivor

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.

A sweeping roofline and fabulous tailfins set the Buick apart

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 original interior looks like it could be repaired

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.

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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

 

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

5 COMMENTS

  1. NICE LESABRE……BUT IS A 2DR SEDAN NOT HRDTOP……..LOWEST PRODUCTION LESBRE THAT YEAR CEPT FOR WAGONS AND RAGTOP…..ONLY 14388 BUILT…..YEP ID LIKE TO OWN IT

    • In 1960 I bought a new 1960 Buick Electra 2 door Hard top. The electra 225 only came in a Convertible and a 4 door Hard Top. My Electra was bronze in color , beautiful car. I( have looked every where and none like that are available.

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