2018 Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction
1959 Buick Le Sabre Convertible (LHD)
|Engine||6.0 litre V8|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
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The Buick LeSabre was made by General Motors from 1959 to 2005. Prior to 1959, that position had been fulfilled by the full-size Buick Special model (1936–58). The Buick LeSabre was offered in a full line of body styles, except between 1965-1969 when its station wagon variant was dropped. In addition to being Buick's entry level vehicle, the LeSabre was consistently Buick's best-selling full-size car. Of the four nameplates introduced in 1959 (LeSabre, Invicta, Electra, Electra 225), the LeSabre nameplate lasted the longest. Buick’s 1959 line-up featured all-new styling with radical blade fins swept all the way from the hood ornament along the sculpted bodywork, and wheelbases which were increased by one inch. The new styling included slanted headlights in front along with a chromed square grille, with round ‘rocket like’ taillights at the rear. From 1959 to 1961, the LeSabre was powered by a 364 cubic-inch V8, which was smaller than the 401 cubic-inch V8 used in the more expensive Invicta and Electra models. The 364 V8, which was previously used in all Buicks in 1957 and 1958, was rated at 250 horsepower (190 kW) in standard form.