1960 Buick Electra
Convertible Car for sale by Harwood Motors in Macedonia, Ohio 44056
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
Spectacular older restoration. Great colors, everything works, runs and drives extremely well. Powerful, smooth Nailhead V8, shiftless Twin Turbine transmission, and that incomparable Buick ride quality. Rarer, faster, and cheaper than a comparable Cadillac.
The traditional Alpine White over red color combination is ideal for anything with big fins and lots of chrome, and it highlights the dramatic creases in the bodywork that are a hallmark of the ’60 Buicks. Paint and bodywork are excellent, the result of a very high-quality restoration some years ago and careful maintenance ever since. You’ll be pleased with the ultra-clean sheetmetal with no botched bodywork or clumsy filler smeared all over the place, and the doors on this giant convertible swing closed as solidly as any closed car we’ve ever driven. There’s an appropriate gloss to the finish, not too shiny, and it looks like 1960 all over again. Exceptional trim work makes it glitter, from the concave grille that’s simple yet striking to the chrome strips that run atop the tail fins to the fluted rocker panels that probably cost deep into the 5-figure range to restore properly. Our favorite features might just be the chrome on the hood, making an arrowhead shape that neatly stands in for a clunky hood ornament. This car looks like a movie star from any angle.
Red leather is the ideal choice in a big, flashy convertible like this. Beautifully restored using factory patterns, it’s clean, simple, and elegant. These cars were Buick’s top-of-the-line models, so they came loaded with features, with this car carrying power windows, a power seat, a power antenna, and an AM radio in the center of the dash, all of which are fully operational. Buick also introduced the “Magic Eye” instrument panel, an adjustable mirror that reflects the ribbon-style speedometer and other gauges so they’re easy to see regardless of how tall the driver is. The only notable deviations from OEM spec are the seat belts (which are only a good idea) and a small aftermarket temperature gauge tucked on the left side of the instrument panel. The white power top is in excellent condition and stows itself easily with the touch of a button, and it hides under a matching red vinyl boot. There’s also a handsomely upholstered trunk that includes a full-sized spare tire with cover and complete jack assembly.
Buick’s 401 cubic inch “Wildcat” V8 was already a legend by the time this Electra was built. In 1960, it was topped by a 4-barrel carb and made 325 horsepower and 445 pounds of torque—that’s more twist than any other mass-produced V8 in America. Rebuilt to stock specs and nicely detailed with corporate turquoise paint, oversized air cleaner, and reproduction decals to give it a correct look. 1960 was the final year Buick used the accelerator pedal-mounted starter switch, and this big convertible fires almost instantly by simply pressing the pedal to the floor. There’s torque available at any speed and despite a near-5000 pound curb weight, that Nailhead V8 easily ignores a good chunk of it.
Buick’s Dynaflow automatic was called the “Twin Turbine” transmission in 1960, but the operation had not changed: no gears, no clutches, no shifts, just a smooth flow of power uninterrupted by gear changes. Out back, this car packs 3.23 gears, so it’s a superb highway cruiser that just eats up pavement like few other cars can. Buick’s torque tube driveline provides exceptional stability and ride control and with coil springs all around it doesn’t feel like a big luxury car. Buick’s enormous finned aluminum brakes provide the best stopping power of the era and the dual exhaust system uses a correct transverse muffler that’s even galvanized like the original. Check the floors and you’ll see they’re completely solid—ditto for the rockers and trunk. Steel wheels are painted red and carry correct hubcaps and modern 225/75/15 whitewall radials that ride and handle great.
This car is documented with a pile of restoration receipts and includes spare parts like hubcaps and an original radio.
This car sneaks up on you. Sure, it’s an 18-foot-long convertible in flashy colors, but once you start driving it you’ll be amazed simply by how well it works. It doesn’t feel old, it doesn’t feel dated, and it certainly doesn’t feel sloppy or heavy. It’s powerful, tight, smooth, and confident. If you like how it looks and appreciate being the center of attention, this car delivers. But if you simply want a car that rewards you with a joyous driving experience, this one is much better than most. Call today!
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Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.
Classic Car ID101403864
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