1959 BUICK ELECTRA 225 CONVERTIBLE   

 

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One of these ’59 Buick Electra Convertibles served as the Indianapolis 500 Pace car. The ’59 Buicks were also referred to as “The Year’s Most Changed Car.” Stunning and stand-alone styling was the trademark for 1959 and 1960 Buick’s. ‘59’s being even more aggressive than ‘60’s are. Vastly different from anything prior to, or in future models. Looking at them it would seem the space age had arrived with their really Zoomy looks. From every angle they are slick and good looking. The Electra 225 was Buick’s plushest and fanciest model and the 225 part of its name, was given it because of the cars overall length of 225.9 inches. A semi perimeter frame was used in these cars giving a lower floor and considerably lower car than anything prior to 1959 had had. Suspension consisted of 4 coil springs. Powered by the Wildcat 445, 325 horsepower, 401 cubic inch V8 engine and coupled to Buick’s turbine drive automatic transmission and exiting through the torque tube drive which had been retained. The number on the engine matches the VIN number of the car. Equipment on this car includes the very rare air conditioning and bucket seats, power driver’s seat, power windows, Wonderbar signal seeking push button AM radio, handbrake warning light, back up lights, power steering and power brakes, power convertible top and power antenna. It also has radial wide white wall tyres. The underside is really impressive how good it is for one of these early American convertibles. Finished in its original colour Sable Black. The interior is Red and the convertible top is White.

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