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1972 Electra - another oddly equipped

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Wow, havent posted here in forever it seems (almost a year), but just ran across this one on ebay and thought she is definitely one of the rarer ones!

A 1972 Electra LIMITED 2dr hdtp with NO A/C. She is rough, but was a beauty in the day. This is my favorite color on these. The seller knows she is rare too, apparently only 367 of these optioned without A/C.

Buick : Electra Buick : Electra | eBay

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The seller didn't know squat about what an odditity he had - that information was supplied by our very own 72 Buick guru B. Alberini to him.

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The seller didn't know squat about what an odditity he had - that information was supplied by our very own 72 Buick guru B. Alberini to him.

Oops, my bad. :o

The way it was listed there appeared that he/she had listed that. I didnt read between the lines. LOL. Anyway, a rare car. :)

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Buick did have 2 arm rest for 72, limited class and electra class, or std hard arm rest ,the only one that survived time. soft was introduced under Govt mandated softer interiors, the inner car bump around in a accident. However buick kept the cheap std arm rest all the way to 76 if you wanted it . same as Delta 88 and 98 offered. , manual windows was available on all buick electra as std material , electrics were extra. door lamps were extra like Cadillac. corning lamps on fenders were optional all way in buick history till 2002; , radios had 3 am amfm amfm8track, with extra speakers optional to rear and front in stereo 4. option light rear view mirrors, not seen much but are out there. bumper ettes, optional, most were dealer installed. Speed buzz optional all electra, cruise optional too. tilt and tilt tele was available. full power seats options on all cars, electra. power trunk trip was also option. Dual exhaust was factory option, dealer could install if did not have on car at sales date. 1972 also brought out the Radial TIRE, poly glass radial J78-15. 4 star tires were top of the line from 1970-1973, union 76 tire upgrade. only seen one set at a national meet. spot lamp dome was also available, rare. Carpet trunk and full rubber mat also available. Full floor mats inside were optional materials. seats had vinyl, basic, and embroidery style seats for deluxe option. cloth seats were plain and match colors or contrast, were also available. Ralley rims, `15 were not option to ELectra sorry guys. points lost for ralleys on 71-72 electras. However dealers did do switch overs from Riviera to give owners what they wanted. 1973 option was offered to buick electra, chrome ralleys. Only Deluxe hubcaps were offered 1972. 2 different vinyl tops were out, paint surround edge, or full vinyl top, all in pebble grain. 73 first offer 2nd vinyl option, on custom coupe to offer elk grain on double padded roof. , 72 is a transition year, 73 was a loner, 74 started the last roll thru 76. What most owners dont know is 72 is the law passing to assembly plants, to meet 5 mph bumper laws, so many 72 after christmas assembly break, started to add extra reinforcement to front ends that early cars dont have. thus the big bumpers in 73 with pistons. I judge bca bc cars and have a help address at bca for electras, craig geske , mpls mn 1971-1976

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8 years and running!
lol, yeah and it all started with my '72 Electra. Wow, I miss that car, but having fun restoring my '72 Caprice Kingswood Estate wagon. :) Well I ran across another interesting Buick on ebay - 1973 LeSabre Custom. No A/C. Not that unusual for a northern car of that era, but this car is in NC, where most cars were ordered with A/C back then. It may have been a northern car originally. Buick : LeSabre Custom in Buick | eBay Motors

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*You know they may have seemed odd to me back in '02, but the more I had researched old cars, it soon became clear that in this era so many cars were ordered with individual options and equipped in many different ways. :)

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Can one even "order" a car today? Seems to me it's, take whichever one you want from the dealer's lot or have one brought in from another locale. The big consumer choice now is, which shade of grey do I want? A Smartcar isn't much, either as a car or as square footage, but at least they come in some pretty snappy two-tone colours!

And then there are the available body kits...

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Had to think about this thread when looking for 68 Wildcat items. Found this dash cluster: clock delete/no pwr antenna/no CC/no defogger/no courtesy light switch, but with speedo warning

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When I look at an instrument cluster like this, I always wonder what happened at the exact moment the odo stopped working, assuming it was working when the car last ran. This odo stopped at 39457.7 (almost). Was that when it went to a junk yard? or was in an accident? Guess I'm weird.

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Can one even "order" a car today? Seems to me it's, take whichever one you want from the dealer's lot or have one brought in from another locale. The big consumer choice now is, which shade of grey do I want? A Smartcar isn't much, either as a car or as square footage, but at least they come in some pretty snappy two-tone colours! And then there are the available body kits...
I don't think one can even special order a new car anymore, with individual options that is. They give you that choice of options packages, but in many cases you have to get one big package to get one small item you want. I have a friend that recently purchased a new Kia Soul ! "Exclaim", top of the line model (I personally don't like the Souls, lol). She didn't want the top of the line model, but she wanted the wheels that came on the top line model. She tried to get them to put wheels on the mid-line model + "Plus", but they would not! They told her to get those wheels, she HAD to get the "!" model, which she did.
Pretty sure that Lambo midget is a photoshop job. I used to see those all the time.

Here's a 71 LeSabre Custom 4 door sedan w/o AC in Canadia.

Buick : LeSabre Custom Sedan 4-Door | eBay

That is a cool car. Its so strange to see a big early 70s car without A/C, but the more I am on the station wagon forums, I see more and more wagons from the 70s, even the "luxury" wagons that don't have A/C, then you look and sure enough, its a Canadian car. lol. There were apparently a lot of Canadian cars without A/C prior to the 1980s.
Had to think about this thread when looking for 68 Wildcat items. Found this dash cluster: clock delete/no pwr antenna/no CC/no defogger/no courtesy light switch, but with speedo warning
That is a neat cluster, that radio delete was probably pretty rare. I see it did have A/C however. The last radio delete Buick I seen was actually a beige colored 1972 Buick Estate Wagon with ZERO options! No A/C, no wood-grain, no 3rd seat, no tilt wheel, no cruise control, no luggage rack, it had nothing power (other than PS and PB) and of course, not even a radio and it had the base interior trim. It was a plain-Jane for sure.
When I look at an instrument cluster like this, I always wonder what happened at the exact moment the odo stopped working, assuming it was working when the car last ran. This odo stopped at 39457.7 (almost). Was that when it went to a junk yard? or was in an accident? Guess I'm weird.
lol, you know I never thought of that before, but I think now I will wonder the same thing when I see a car that has been setting for years or something, lol.

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How is this for a ODDLY OPTIONED Buick? This time a 1973 Buick Estate Wagon. Someone had posted this on the wagon site and it appears to be a Canadian car. As far as options, it has wood-grain exterior trim, luggage rack, bumper guards, rub strips, power windows, power door locks, cruise, tilt, Custom luxury interior, but NO A/C (seems pretty normal for an older Canadian car) and has a manual tailgate (most of the Buick wagons had the power gate option). Also it appears to be a 2-seat (6-passenger) model, but the car is in excellent condition and is a beautiful wagon. $(KGrHqN,!lsFGnFVSDKsBRz(+5oYjQ~~48_20.JPG$T2eC16V,!wsE9suw)qc5BRzY!Dqe6g~~48_20.JPG$T2eC16VHJHQFFhfCPP4oBRzY!Ptzw!~~48_20.JPG

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As a purchasing agent for fleets, back in the '70s, I can remember actually having to pay a (not insubstantial) premium ($150) as an "option delete", in order to request NO A/C in the Electra Wagons. This was, of course, very rare indeed, as the operator could easily and simply avoid activating the A/C, using the multi-function controller for HVAC functions. The Electra was the top-of-the-line Buick model, on Buick's largest car. Buick's own, in-house, 455 C.I. V-8, with Turbo-Hydramatic 400 transmission, produced enormous torque, if not horsepower, motivating this 5000 lb car. Beauty meets brute force in this particular vehicle !  The rear brake light treatment was unique to this year, I believe. Very pretty indeed !

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