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  1. Mailed in my meet registration last week. Really looking forward to this event!
  2. A genuinely spectacular 1960 Buick, Don! Congratulations on this excellent find, and thank you for the super photos.
  3. It's a desirable Invicta Custom with the bucket seat interior. Unfortunately, the seats have lost their original "Jewel Tone" vinyl. I believe that the full length console has been added to the car. The original consoles were, to the best of my knowledge, only the padded short console. I'm guessing that the car's original exterior color was Titian Red, in view of the red interior. The re-paint, described as "burgundy", is too red to be Cordovan, which would have been paired with a brown interior.
  4. Jolly_John, I would like to purchase this item. I will send you a private message.
  5. Thank you, Don. We look forward to seeing your '60 LeSabre in this forum!
  6. As I have watched this forum during recent years, I've loved the stories from our members about acquiring their remarkable Buicks. Over time, I've grown particularly interested in the Buicks of the late-1950's and early-1960's, so posts by Lance and Adam about '57, '58, and '60 Buicks have captured my attention. While I have owned and greatly enjoyed my 1959 Electra 4-door hardtop ("flat top") over the last twenty-two years, I dared to hope that yet another Buick of the 1957 - 1961 era might turn up for me. I was immediately interested when my friend, Chris Pollak, alerted me to a message he had received. A family was cleaning up the estate of the late parents, and among the items to liquidate was a 1960 Electra 225 Riviera Sedan. The car had been purchased new by the grandparents of the seller, who recalls riding in the Buick to Disneyland as a young child. The car was last registered in 1990, and it was last driven in 1991. It has been garaged on the family's property during all these years. Last week, I finalized the purchase of the car, and set about having the car towed from its long-time resting place to a covered RV storage area at my home. The Buick's garage was situated at the top of a very long and steep driveway, with limited space for the roll-back tow truck to turn around. We utilized a small tractor to extract the Buick from the garage, maneuvering it into a position where the tow truck could readily winch it aboard. The car itself has a remarkably preserved body, with nice original paint in the striking two-tone combination of "Pearl Fawn" and "Cordovan" -- my favorite color scheme for the 1960 Buicks. The interior is likewise in very good original condition, and the car is equipped with several options, including power windows, power seat, power antenna, Wonderbar radio, and Guide-Matic. The mechanical condition is unknown at this point, but I obviously hope that the car can become a reliable car for weekend driving tours. The dual-stripe whitewall bias ply tires are relics of about 1970 / 1971, but hold air for now. The car is fitted with an ugly, after-market exhaust system that I look forward to replacing. The 1959 and 1960 Electra 225 Riviera Sedan was a pillarless 4-door hardtop body style shared only with Cadillac during those model years. The 225's extended rear deck and ribbed lower body bright moldings make it a very special model, in my opinion. The 1960 Buick's heavily-sculpted body design and uniquely detailed wheel covers are among my favorite elements of the car. Here are the photos from last week's retrieval. I'm very excited to see this car back on the highway!
  7. I love this car, Lance, and your photos are superb. The images transport me back to childhood, when my best friend's parents had a '58 Special sedan in this color scheme. And my parents utilized a loaner '58 Super 4-dor hardtop in the same colors from the local dealership. Hoping to see this one along with some of your other beauties at the 2022 Buick Nationals in Lisle.
  8. Buickfan83, I have sent you a private message.
  9. Regarding the full-size 1972 Buicks at the Allentown meet (2016), here is an album of my photos. You may click on the image below to open all sixteen photos:
  10. This owner says they are definitely not boring. I've been enjoying this one for the last fifty years:
  11. Excellent presentation, Adam, as always! It's a beautiful car, and I'm pleased to see that it is drawing lots of attention and bids.
  12. Buickfan83, are you on Facebook by any chance? We have a very active 1971 - 1972 Big Buicks group, with a large number of Centurion owners and enthusiasts. Are you looking for a 2-door hardtop (Formal Coupe) or a 4-door hardtop?
  13. This car prompts another question about the correct two-toning paint schemes for 1955. I would have expected to see the area behind the rear wheel opening -- between the mid-body side bright trim and the lower rear quarter stainless shield -- painted white to match the area below the sweepspear between the front and rear wheel openings. This original print advertisement for the '55 Roadmaster shows the lower body color behind the rear wheel opening:
  14. It looks incredible, Ted. I can't wait to see some nice photos of this beauty parked outside.
  15. This car is particularly interesting because it appears to be the quite rare "Invicta Custom" 4-door hardtop. A look at the emblem on the front fender (as well as the interior) leads me to this conclusion. Whereas the 1961 Invicta Custom coupe and convertible had "Jewel Tone" vinyl bucket seats, the Invicta Custom 4-door hardtop had a luxurious full leather bench seat interior. The disappointment here is that the seats appear to have been re-done in this car, and they do not appear correct to me in terms of color or material. Buick called the exterior color "Desert Fawn" in '61, and it is one of my favorites. This is a very attractive car, despite a few issues. Correct tires would positively transform the car's look!
  16. This one, finished in the same color scheme, appeared at the BCA's 50th Anniversary National Meet at the Nicola Bulgari facility in Allentown, PA during 2016. It was among my favorite cars at the event:
  17. Wow, Lance! A fabulous find in an excellent color! This is just fantastic. Congratulations!
  18. Thanks, Pete. That would be consistent with the original advertising and brochure illustrations, which show the sedans and Estate Wagons only with solid color bodies below the roof.
  19. This car raises an interesting question for me. On the '55 Buick 4-door sedans and Estate Wagons, which lacked the full rear wheel cut-outs of the '56 models, I always assumed that the lower body behind the rear wheel openings would be painted in a similar fashion to the 2-door bodies with the full rear wheel cut-outs. So, if the Super sedan in this listing has a factory applied two-tone paint treatment with contrasting colors above and below the sweepspear, shouldn't the lower rear quarter also be painted white, like the rest of the lower body? (This was a moot point on the '55 Roadmaster sedans, since the area was covered with the large bright shield behind the rear wheel opening.) Or, were the contrasting colors above and below the sweepspear utilized only between the front and rear wheel openings on the '55 sedans and Estate Wagons? I have seen '55 sedans painted both ways, but wonder which style is correct. Thanks in advance for a clear and definitive answer about this.
  20. Here's another image of that car, this time in profile. Too bad the photo is rather dark, but it gives a good idea of the appearance. I wish that the windows had been lowered for the photo.
  21. Sadly, the interior is not at all original, but at least this one has not been slammed to the ground and riding on 22-inch wheels like most of the '61's seem to be. One of my favorite models!
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