This right here is an American automobile in the most pure sense of the word. 123-inch wheelbase, 225.9-inch total length, 62.2-inch tread width up front, 4,571 pounds of sculpted steel and that wonderful red paint. If the looks don’t sell you, the 401ci Nailhead that made 405 lb-ft of torque and 300hp at 4,400 RPM surely will.
The 1959 and 1960 Buicks are some of the coolest cars Detroit ever cranked out. The angry look of the nose softened a little in 1960 but it is dramatic as all get out and unlike anything else on the road at that point in time. Buick was an upscale brand and this beast is an upscale example of the offerings that they put forth. Obviously the Electra 225, one of the few cars that actually included its overall length in the name as a selling point was the top of the heap when it came to size, styling, and horsepower at this time. If you had one of these, you were somebody in your neighborhood.
Transitional styling periods in cars are so fascinating and 1960 was certainly the middle of one of those. The whimsy of the 1950s was giving way to more taught and purposeful designs in the 1960s and we can see shades of it starting to show up here. The shrinking fins, the diving line down the side of the car, and the distinctly separate quad headlights were all small pointers to the direction the brand would take going forward. The 1961 version of this car looks like it came from another company. Far more reserved but the same length, this one is bigger looking and cooler by every and all measure.
This thing rules.