October 1, 2019
This 1970 Buick LeSabre Custom convertible comes from an age where the then Flint-based manufacturer’s top selling vehicle was not a crossover/SUV. Good heavens, anyone who’d thought such a thing would even exist back then would have been locked up. Ditto thinkers who opined that Buick’s largest market would someday be China. Back in 1970, Buick’s lineup consisted of 40 different models, ranging from the mid-size Skylark sedans up through the big-as-a-Cadillac Electra 225. In between were the personal luxury coupe Riviera and the LeSabre & Wildcat full-size nameplates. Oh, and the ginormous Estate Wagons. The LeSabre came in standard & Custom models — and one LeSabre Custom 455 sport coupe which had Buick’s big new 455cid, 370 hp V8 under the hood. Standard on other LeSabres was a 350cid V8 of 260 hp; two other versions were optional, of 285 and 315 hp. Came across today’s RealRide a few years ago in Wilson.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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