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1959 Buick Electra

The Buick names of Roadmaster, Super, Century, and Special were replaced by the entry-level LeSabre, intermediate Invicta, and the top-of-the-line Electra in 1959. They wore completely new and dramatic styling with blade fins sweeping from the front of the body rearward, slanted headlights, rounded rear bullet-shaped taillights, and plenty of chrome trim and brightwork. Gone were the traditional tooth-comb grilles, faux portholes created by stylist Ned Nickles, and the VentiPorts.

All General Motor cars were new for 1959, responding to styling pressure from Chrysler's finned 1957 line. The over-the-top ornamentation used of the 1958 Buick models were replaced by understated accents and tasteful design cues, albeit retaining a downplayed version of 1958's diamond-tooth grille.

The LeSabre and Invicta shared a wheelbase size of 123-inches, with the Invicta being powered by a larger engine. The Electra used the same 401 CID V8 engine of the Invicta installed in a larger 126.3-inch wheelbase chassis. The Electra had an overall length of 220.6-inches, and the Electra 225 model, named for its overall length in inches, measured 225.4-inches.

The 401 cubic-inch V8 engine had overhead valves, five main bearings, hydraulic valve lifters, and delivered 325 horsepower at 4,400 RPM. It was backed by a Twin Turbine Dynaflow transmission or an optional Triple Turbine Dynaflow. Stopping power was by four-wheel drum brakes, with the front being 12-inch finned aluminum drums.

Standard features included power brakes, power steering, a Safety Pad dash, dual exhaust, Foamtex seat cushions, Step-On parking brake, cigar lighter, dual sunshades, full wheelcovers, and two-speed electric wipers. The interiors were trimmed in nylon Mojave cloth or Broadcloth combinations with Cordaveen.

Body styles on both the Electra and Electra 225 were a hardtop, sedan, and a convertible coupe. The sedan had a factory base price of $3,860, the hardtop at $3,970, and the convertible coupe at $3,820. The Electra 225 Series added approximately $3,000 to the base price. Additional features of the Electra 225 included extra-wide moldings, Electra 225 script on the front fenders, an outside rearview mirror, Super Deluxe wheelcovers, a plusher interior, and power windows. The convertibles had leather interiors and a power top. Front bucket seats were optional on the convertible.


by Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2020

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In the late 1950s, due to the combination of the economic recession that made small vehicles popular, unpopular styling, and product problems, Buick went into a sinking decline. Sales plunged from a high of nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles in 1955, to barely a quarter of a million units in 1959. Discarding Special, Century, Limited, and Roadmaster, Buick began to pull itself out of....
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Related Reading : Buick Electra History

In the late 1950s, due to the combination of economic recession that made small vehicles popular, unpopular styling, and product problems, Buick went into a sinking decline. Sales plunged from a high of nearly three-quarters of a million vehicles in 1955, to barely a quarter of a million units in 1959. Discarding Special, Century, Limited and Roadmaster, Buick began to pull itself out of the tailspin....
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1959 Vehicle Profiles

1959 Buick Electra vehicle information

225 Convertible Coupe

Buick had high hopes for the newly restyled 1959 model lineup, and was looking to reverse a two-year sales slump. The style was low and sleek with the traditional Buick 'portholes' removed. The Buick model names were new with the LeSabre being thei....[continue reading]

1959 Buick Electra vehicle information

225 Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 8F4032820
Engine Num: 1185485

This Buick Electra 225 was given a restoration in the early 2000s. The exterior is finished in two-tone paint scheme of Wedgewood Blue and Artic White with an interior that is finished in medium blue with white piping. ....[continue reading]

1959 Buick Electra vehicle information

225 Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 8F4006011

The '225' was derived from the 225-inch overall length, the longest of all GM cars during that period. Powering these large vehicles were a 401 cubic-inch Nailhead V8 engine offering 325 bhp. They had four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and an automatic....[continue reading]

225 Convertible Coupe
 
225 Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 8F4032820 
225 Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 8F4006011 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1959 Electra
$4,300-$22,750
1959 Buick Electra Price Range: $3,820 - $4,300

Other 1959 Buick Models
$2,740 - $3,320

Electra

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
66,493
126.30 in.
8 cyl., 401.00 CID., 325.00hp
$3,820 - $4,300
55,314
126.30 in.
8 cyl., 401.00 CID., 325.00hp
8 cyl., 455.12 CID., 370.00hp
$3,816 - $4,300
47,923
126.00 in.
8 cyl., 401.00 CID., 325.00hp
$3,820 - $4,350
62,468
126.00 in.
8 cyl., 401.00 CID., 325.00hp
$4,050 - $4,450
68,792
126.00 in.
8 cyl., 425.00 CID., 340.00hp
8 cyl., 425.00 CID., 360.00hp
$4,060 - $4,375
88,177
126.00 in.
8 cyl., 401.00 CID., 325.00hp
$4,020 - $4,375
100,304
126.00 in.
8 cyl., 430.00 CID., 360.00hp
$4,050 - $4,420

Industry Production

#1#2#3Buick
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)510,490
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)457,818
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)399,526
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)276,754
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)253,807
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)285,089
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)241,892
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)405,086
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)572,024
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)738,814
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)444,609

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