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RealRides of WNY - 1959 Buick Electra

September 14, 2018

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Buick Electra

Saw this 1959 Buick Electra a few years back at an Antique Automobile Club of America meet at the north campus of the University of New York at Buffalo (UB) in Amherst. The Electra was a new nameplate for Buick in 1959 — as were the Invicta and LeSabre. Buick ditched the Special, Super, Century, and Roadmaster models after the somewhat disastrous 1958 model year (in all fairness, it was an industry-wide disaster); most of the discontinued names would reappear in subsequent years on both small and larger cars. The Electra, ritzy as it was, wasn’t the fanciest ’59 Buick. That award went to the Electra 225 — whose hand-buffed leather interiors were available in a magnificent range of colors. Non-225 Electra interiors consisted of tastefully upholstered supple nylon Mojave cloth capped by textured Cordaveen or fine wool broadcloth and Cordaveen. Cordaveen? Lol…

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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