Big Buicks represent some of the finest cars Detroit pushed out during the good ol’ days. Imagine our joy when we stumbled upon two of the lumbering giants, a decade apart in age but nearly equal in coolness, over the span of a couple of days. Which one do you want?
The first one we saw was this awesome 1960 model. High points of the ’60 Electras were the two-way power seats, back up lights, power windows (in convertible models), a map light, and optional front buckets. This car appears to be a driver and we can only image floating down the road with one finger on the big wheel and all that Nailhead torque at the end of our toe. The stock motor was the Wildcat 375E motor which produced 235hp and 375 lb/ft of torque. The optional mill was the 300hp, four-barrel equipped, Wildcat 405. Roughly 27,000 were produced.
Next, we happened upon this 1970 Electra 225 that was actually sitting on the lot of a local repo company. It’s a great looking convertible that seems to be about a half mile long. It was previously owned by people named Joyce and Earl, which we determined by using our powers of observation. The stickers on the doors helped, too. This puppy is equipped with a 370hp 455 and is one of just 6,045 convertibles produced in 1970. Plush interior pieces and some chrome brightwork kicked the big car into the “luxury” bracket.