NAILHEAD V8, CORRECT ROSE MIST RESTO, WHITE POWER TOP, POWER STEERING, BRAKES
Short of a pink 1959 Cadillac, I can't think of better ways to collect thumbs-up gestures than this 1963 Buick LeSabre convertible. Everybody loves the wild Rose Mist paint, and with Buick's famous Nailhead V8 under the hood, performance is impressive for a big luxury cruiser. If you like full-sized comfort with a big dose of personality on the side, this LeSabre is the right choice.
Yes, that is the original color and yes, it really is pink metallic. But you have to remember the period, with some of the '50s pastels still hanging around and the jet age starting to take off, so it's a brilliant combination of the two. The massive LeSabre got a facelift in 1963 that knocked off some of the pointed edges of the previous year, giving even this brightly colored one a dignified look. It's big, no doubt about that, but there were bigger Buicks and this one delivers sporty performance without casting a shadow the size of the QEII. Paint and bodywork are quite good, certainly good enough to pull off the outrageous color, which definitely invites careful inspection. The crisp fender lines cast wonderful shadows in the paint and it proudly wears Buick "venti-ports" on the front fenders, an easy way to spot these cars on the roll. Rear fender skirts help with the luxury car image although they're not original equipment. The chrome was restored with the rest of the car several years ago and has been well-maintained ever since, so it's ready to enjoy.
The matching interior is simply stunning. I don't know where they found the materials to restore it to factory-correct specs, but wow, what a job! There's room for six inside and there were clearly artists at work at Buick, because like the bodywork, it wears the color without effort. Even the steering wheel is color-matched! Beautiful door panels use a variety of materials to add contrast, and the darker carpets help keep it anchored. The brushed stainless dash is pure 1960s cool with big round instruments and an updated entertainment system in the center of the dash. A new white convertible top was installed just a few months ago, and powers down with the touch of a button and stows beneath a matching vinyl boot. The trunk is as massive as you'd expect, but nicely appointed with a full-sized spare and a subwoofer enclosure for the entertainment system.
Buick's famous "Nailhead" V8 displaced 401 cubic inches in 1963. A lot of folks get confused because it says "Wildcat 445" on the air cleaner, but that's a reference to the torque figure, which is no joke. This sucker moves with the effortless ease of a middleweight prizefighter. It wears correct Buick Turquoise paint on the distinctive horizontal valve covers, and accessories like power steering and brakes make it easy to drive. Buick's special Turbine-Drive automatic provides seamless shifting and you'll be amazed by how easily this big ragtop gathers speed on the open road. A dual exhaust system sounds suitably muscular, and it has that traditional big Buick ride. 225/75/15 whitewall radials carry wire wheelcovers from a later Buick that still look right.
Rare, unusual, and quite attractive, this is a great car for the guy who craves attention but wants to do it just a bit differently than everyone else. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Power Top
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
- Owner's Manual
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