The Buick LeSabre debuted in 1959 as a replacement for the full-size Buick Special. It took its name from the 1951 Buick LeSabre show car, an aircraft-inspired design with tail fins and wrap-around windshield.
By 1963, the Buick LeSabre had come into its own. A cosmetic redesign sported boxier contours than previous years. The interior received a new instrument panel featuring round instruments. The options list grew to include Electro-Cruise cruise control, seven-position tilt steering, and an AM-FM radio. The previous year’s 401 cubic-inch engines were carried over, but transmission choices included the standard three-speed manual, the two-speed Turbine Drive automatic, and the brand-new four-on-the-floor manual.
Our subject 1963 Buick LeSabre is the convertible version. It is equipped with a 401 cubic-inch Wildcat V8 topped with an Edelbrock four-barrel carb (the original carb is included in the sale), and backed by the Turbine Drive automatic trans.
This Buick LeSabre has an older cosmetic restoration that seems to be holding up well. The exterior Bronze Mist finish still retains plenty of gloss. There are only a couple of very small nicks noted. The white vinyl convertible top has been replaced. It shows none of the telltale wrinkling of a top left in the down position for extended periods. Steel wheels wear factory wire wheel covers, and are shod in whitewall radial tires. Chrome bumpers and trim present well, with no notable pitting present. Stainless trim appears to be well polished. Windshield glass is clean and clear, free from wiper tracks or nicks.
Cracking is present on the driver’s side of the Buick LeSabre’s dashboard. The balance of the interior finishes is in fine nick. The bench seat shows very little sign of use. The Saddle with White stripe vinyl bench is free from the usual bolster wear associated with ingress/egress, with only faint wrinkling on the seat bottom. Aluminum dash face is clean, as are the carpets. Options include power steering and power brakes.
The capacious trunk has its full vinyl trunk liner in place, including full-size spare with cover. This full cover, complete with side and hinge panel covers, is one of the areas that shows the difference between the entry-level Chevy Impala and the step-up Buick LeSabre. Trunk lid insulation was installed after painting, not just painted over as so often is the case in lesser restorations.
The Buick LeSabre’s engine bay presents as complete and correct, save the substitution of the Edelbrock carb. The 401 appears to be the optional 325-horsepower Wildcat 445, so named for the 445 pound-feet of torque produced. Though somewhat dusty, it could be show ready with just a little TLC.
This Buick LeSabre convertible can be had for less than a two-year-old Camry, and would arguably be much more fun. Find it here at Showdown Auto for just $24,900.