Over its long history, Buick often rebelled against its position within Alfred P. Sloanâ€™s carefully stratified GM marque hierarchy, with Buickâ€™s aspirations best expressed by the new-for-1959 Electra 225. The â€ś225â€ť was derived from the 225-inch overall length, the longest of all GM cars during that period. At first glance, not only was it slightly longer than that yearâ€™s Cadillac, its 401 cubic inch V8 engine was larger in displacement. Additionally, the upstart Buick model also offered luxury approaching, and sometimes surpassing, that of its more â€śseniorâ€ť GM brethren.
The dramatically restyled 1959 models were replaced by all-new models for 1960, with the flagship Electra now riding atop a Buick-only â€śK-memberâ€ť frame. The canted headlights of 1959 were laid flat and parallel to the bumper, complementing the wider, longer and lower overall styling theme of the early 1960s. Accenting the clean bodywork, a pair of broad trim panels cloaked the lower body of the Electra 225, neatly integrating the front and rear bumpers with the body of the car â€“ a very elegant look.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
325 bhp, 401 cu. in. Nailhead V8 engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"