Buick LeSabre

Buick LeSabre is a famous American car brand developed by the Buick company. For a number of years, LeSabre was considered as an entry level Buick model, since it had the lowest price in the entire model lineup.

The name actually made first appearance in 1951 on the Le Sabre show car, organized to show to the people an aircraft inspired design elements such as the wrap-around windshield and tail fins. In 1959 LeSabre effectively replaced Buick Special, a common model of that period.

The year 1959 was a real game changer for Buick, because almost all models were rebranded, given new names, completely new styling as well and adopted the new General Motors B- and C-body. Wheelbases increased by one inch on all models.

New styling design included slanted headlights in front along with a chromey square grille somewhat similar to the 1958 Buick and Delta-wing fins back along with round taillights.

Model performance

From 1959 to 1961, the LeSabre was powered by a 364 cubic-inch V8 engine, significantly smaller than the 401 cubic-inch V8 used in the more expensive models. The 364 engine was rated at 250 horsepower (190 kW) in standard form with an economy 235 horsepower (175 kW) model offered free of charge to potential customers.

Optional version included power-pack with four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts rated at 300 horsepower (220 kW). The car was offered in a full line of body styles except between 1965-1969 when its station wagon variant was dropped from Buick's production line. In 1977, the LeSabre was downsized along with other General Motors models, and was produced in pillared coupe, sedan and wagon body styles.

A three-speed manual transmission was standard on LeSabre but most cars were built with the optional two-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission. Also a three-speed Triple Turbine Dynaflow variant was available as an option for the final consumer. All 1959 Buicks, LeSabre included, used a 12-inch finned aluminum brake drums for improved stopping power.

Power steering and power brakes were however optional. LeSabre model was consistently Buick's best selling car model for a number of years. The 1960 LeSabre received a minor facelift with a concave grille and horizontal headlights centered by Buick's modern Tri-Shield logo, which contributed to the success of the entire product line.

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