"Mary Lou" is a 1959 Buick LeSabre that I am having a fantastic affair with. Lynn, my wife even went far beyond my wildest dreams when she had a cake comissioned for my 60th as a replica. How cool is that! The cake is shown amongst this pages pictures.

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General Information

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1959 Buick Specifications

LeSabre Standard Equipment: Direction Signals; Sliding Sunshades; Cigarette Lighter; Automatic Glove Compartment Light; Electric Windshield Wipers; Out-side Rear View Mirror on Convertible; Dual Horns; Gas-Filler Door; Horizontal Redliner Speedometer; Trip-Mileage Indicator; Safety Plate Glass in every window.

LeSabre Clutch and Transmission - Coil springs, single dry-plate clutch. All-silent Synchromesh Transmission, helical gears.

LeSabre Valve-In-Head Wildcat Engine - 250 horsepower, compression ratio 10.5 to 1 with Turbine Transmission (optional). Bore and stroke 4.125 x 3.4. Displacement, 364 cubic inches. Dual downdraft carburetor. Single exhaust with cross-over. Maximum torque, 384 ft.-lbs. at 2400 rpm. with Turbine Transmission. Full-pressure lubrication to main, connecting rod and camshaft bearings. Full-flow oil filter.

LeSabre Wheelbase - 123.0 inches on all models. Front tread, 62 inches. Rear tread 60 inches.

Over-all car length, 217.4 inches.

Fuel System - Built-in carburetor de-icer. Automatic choke and idle control. lntake silencer and aluminum element air cleaner on Wildcat; Fuel tank capacity, 20 gallons. Anti-rust fuel line. Automatic intake manifold heat control.

Cooling System - Thermostatic and by-pass temperature control. Pressure relief valve in filler cap. Water capacity, 16.5 quarts,19.0 quarts with heater.

Rear Axle - Buick Torque-Tube Drive, semi-floating rear axle with hypoid gears. Gear ratio: LeSabre, 3.07 to 1 with Twin Turbine.

Suspension - Ball-joint front suspension. Coil springs, front and rear. Track bar, tubular steel bar mounted in rubber. Buick Air Ride optional.

Steering - Ball bearing worm and nut; 28.8 to 1 over-all ratio. New Easy Power Steering optional. Frame-Boxed side rails with "K" type crossmember.

Shock Absorbers - Double-acting directtype, front and rear.

Brakes - Four-wheel hydraulic. Air-cooled aluminum brake drums, front-fin cast iron brake drums, rear, 12.015 diameter,front and rear. StepOn Parking Brake.

Electrical System - 12 volt-70 amp. Delco-Remy. Solenoid starter. Battery mounted under hood. Dual headlights.

Wheels and Tires - Full size 15. wheels. Tubeless Rayon Cord Tires. Broad rim, demountable steel disc wheels; LeSabre, 15 x 5; 4-ply.

In 1959 Buick built the most radical and wildest Buick yet. With fins that swept from the front to the rear, and a grill made of rectangular squares, the 59' Buick was created with all new design!

The Lesabre included bright trim steps that ran the length of the body. Standard Lesabre equipment included dual horns, electric wipers, glove box light, horizontal Red Liner speedometer and a trip milage indictaor.


Lesabre 4-door sedan 51,379

Lesabre 4-door hardtop 46,069

Lesabre 2-door sedan 13,492

Lesabre 2-door hardtop 35,189

Lesabre convertible 10,489

Lesabre stationwagon 8,286

Note: Some of the other rare and neat options for the 59' Buick consisted of:

Wonderbar signal-seeking radio

Transistor portable radio

Sonomatic radio

Electric Antenna

Speed control safety buzzer

E-Z eye glass windshield

Power windows and vents

Map light

Rear seat speaker

Autotronic eye

While Buicks didn't have the exces­sive vertical tailfins of Cadillacs, their slanting fins were distinctive. Buick's "Delta Wing" styling may have made for a closer representation of a true airplane wing than any of the other GM nameplates that year. Below the fins were single round taillamps above a blade bumper.

The cant of the tailfins was mimicked up front by flaring brows that arched over diagonally aligned quad headlamps. The grille was made up of a series of linked rectangles with chamfered surfaces, a toned-down evolution of the busy "Fashion-Aire Dynastar Grille" that fronted 1958 Buicks. A chrome "V" in a ring, another motif borrowed from the '58s, overlaid the center of the grille.

On the sides of all 1959 Buicks, the sweepspears of the previous decade were replaced by a single chrome strip that ran downhill from the tips of the headlamp brows to a point just ahead of the center of the taillamp bezels. A chrome edging that began at the base of each front ventpane traced back over the fins and around to the trailing edge of the sloping trunklid.

The LeSabre nameplate made its first appearance on a Motorama show car in 1951 and on a production car in 1959 as the new moniker for what had previously been known as the Buick Special. The Buick LeSabre was offered in a full line of body styles except between 1965-1969 when its station wagon variant was dropped from Buick's full-size offerings. In addition to being Buick's entry level vehicle, the LeSabre was consistently Buick's best selling full-size car. Of the four nameplates introduced in 1959 (LeSabre, Invicta, Electra, Electra 225), the LeSabre nameplate lasted the longest

From 1959 to 1961, the LeSabre was powered by a 364 cubic-inch V8. The 364, which was previously used in all Buicks in 1957 and 1958, was rated at 250 horsepower in standard form with an "economy" 235 horsepower version offered as a "no cost" option in 1960-61 and an optional power-pack version with four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts that was rated at 300 horsepower.

For most years from 1959 to 1971, a three-speed manual transmission was standard equipment on all LeSabres but rarely ordered. Far more popular was the two-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission along with power steering and power brakes.

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Production line shots