The 1960 Buick
Design & Styling
What Does a 1960 Buick Have In Common With a B-52?
One of the 1960 Buick's styling features was described in promotional literature as "twin jet-pod nacelle headlamps". While they weren't explicit which aircraft inspired this styling cue, it is clear that it was the B-52 bomber.

The Buick interpretation of this theme used the front fender's upper "fin" as the aircraft's wing, under which the engines, er, I mean headlamps, were mounted. The way the headlamp area blends into the side of the car via a sculpted bulge reinforces the jet-like styling.


Ever wonder what the purpose was for the sharp raised vertical feature between the Buick's headlamps? Look at the B-52 again and you'll see it represents the strut that holds each set of dual engines to the wing.
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The Buick Tri-Shield Emblem
The red, white, and blue tri-shield was first used on 1960 Buicks. This is contrary to several published references which cite 1959 as the year of introduction.
While the grille emblem was used on all models, this tri-shield deck lid emblem was found only on LeSabres & Invictas. The Electra and Electra 225 models used a body-colored circular badge with the model name on it.
Do these emblems look similar? They should, since the tri-shield portion is the exact same part number used on both the grille and the rear deck lid.
I love this picture. Notice how the grille teeth (there are 87 of them) and emblem reflect in the bumper. This is the attention to detail that is lacking in modern car styling.
More Styling Details
The famous Buick Venti-Port returned after a 2-year hiatus. The 123" wheelbase LeSabre and Invicta had three; the 126" wheelbase Electra and Electra 225 models wore four.
The attention to (styling) detail on a 1960 Buick is impressive. I prefer the light airy LeSabre script to the heavy and bulky badging found on the fenders of Invicta and Electra models.
In 1960, there was no legal requirement for an outside rearview mirror (OSRVM) and one was not offered as a factory- installed option. However, Buick offered an "approved accessory" through its dealers. The instructions showed how to mount this mirror on the door, although many Buick mirrors, as well as aftermarket versions, were mounted on the front fender.

Having said this, there is some credible evidence that an OSRVM was not only standard on convertibles, but was factory installed! (See photograph in website chapter "In the Showroom") I welcome discussion on this topic.
Jet-Age Influence
The tail of the 1960 Buick is clearly a product of the jet-age. The dagmar-like tail lamps symbolize the flaming cone of a jet engine's exhaust, while the fins represent the jet's wings. The body sculpting is reminiscent of the way that a jet engine is blended into the fuselage of a fighter plane.
For INTERIOR styling features of the Buick, see the next page.
COPYRIGHT 2005 by Gregory L. Cockerill. All text contained herein, including interviews/recollections of other parties, is my original work and is owned by me. This also applies to all images of my white 1960 LeSabre convertible. As such, the aforementioned material may not be used without express written permission. Other images presented herein are either from the public domain or used with permission of the owner(s).