Buick Electra 225 Convertible
Over its long history, Buick often rebelled against its position within Alfred P. Sloan’s carefully stratified GM marque hierarchy, with Buick’s aspirations best expressed by the new-for-1959 Electra 225. The “225” was derived from the 225-inch overall length, the longest of all GM cars during that period. At first glance, not only was it slightly longer than that year’s Cadillac, its 401 cubic inch V8 engine was larger in displacement. Additionally, the upstart Buick model also offered luxury approaching, and sometimes surpassing, that of its more “senior” GM brethren.
The dramatically restyled 1959 models were replaced by all-new models for 1960, with the flagship Electra now riding atop a Buick-only “K-member” frame. The canted headlights of 1959 were now laid flat and parallel to the bumper, complementing the wider, longer and lower overall styling theme of the early 1960s. Accenting the clean bodywork, a pair of broad trim panels cloaked the lower body of the Electra 225, neatly integrating the front and rear bumpers with the body of the car – a very elegant look.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
325 bhp, 401 cu. in. Nailhead V8 engine, Turbine Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126".
Source: RM Auctions
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