|The 1960 Buick|
|1960 Buick Production Changes|
|GENERAL DISCLAIMER: The accuracy of the information that follows is impacted by a variety of factors. These include, but are not limited to, the extreme scarcity of unrestored molested cars, the difficulty in ascertaining production change dates, and variations between assembly plants. Statements are based on years of observation, a database of hundreds of cars, and an extensive collection of factory documents.|
|SHIFT INDICATOR (ALL MODELS)|
|The very earliest cars have a red-painted oval for a shift indicator. Very soon after production, a chromed oval was implemented at all plants. Approximately mid-year, a chromed oval with pointer was phased-in.|
|Type 1||Type 2|
|UNDER INSTRUMENT CLUSTER HOOD (ALL MODELS)|
|Extremely early cars used a light silver-gray on the area under the instrument cluster hood, or cove. (I'm referring to the surface the clock mounts to, that contains the mirror tilt thumbwheel.) Shortly after production started, this was changed to white.|
|LEFT: Silver-gray color on lower surface of speedo cove indicates this is a very early car.|
|PEDAL PAD TRIM (ALL MODELS)|
Initially pedal pads (accel, brake, park brake) had no bright trim and were carry-over from 1959. Part way through the model year, bright trim was added to all three pedals on cars with power brakes. Manual brake cars and stick shift cars did not receive the bright chrome pedal trim.
By the way, 1960 Buick pedal pads came in green, blue, and black, and were matched to the interior color. Interestingly, these were the same three colors that the accessory seat belts were offered in. (Makes you wonder if they hadn't forseen the popularity of red and maroon interiors on 1960 Buicks.)
|Bright trim was added and required p/n changes to pedal pads.|
|Early cars used carry-over 1959 pedals with no trim.|
|EXTERIOR COLOR SELECTION (ALL MODELS)|
The initial edition of the Order Form was very restrictive for matching interior colors with exterior paint colors. Begininng with the second version of the Order Form (10/12/59), a much broader range of combinations were allowable; albeit Buick made a clear distinction between “recommended” and “acceptable”.
To go into specific details would be tedious, but one specific observation I would like to make is that maroon interiors with bright red exteriors (and vice versa) were initially prohibited. The revised order form permitted these combinations, but they were discouraged. Some buyers apparently didn’t notice or didn't care, as I have seen several maroon cars with red interior. In fact, the "Period Photos" section of the website shows pictures of a brand new maroon Invicta convertible with bright red interior.
If you have a specific question on color availability, please contact me.
|INVICTA SEAT STRIPES|
Invicta seat backs (except convertibles) had horizontal feature lines, or stripes, that matched those on the door panel trim. Originally, these stripes were a chrome mylar material. Unfortunately, they were found to have very poor durability (they peeled) and were ultimately changed to white vinyl stripes. Interestingly, the door panels retained the mylar striping throughout the model year and also suffered peeling problems, albeit to a lesser degree.
Interior trim codes were not changed, and door panels continued to use the chrome mylar striping through the end of the model year. The change point appears to be March-April, although cars built as late as mid-May have been seen with Mylar seat stripes. Likely, it depended on the specific interior color and its inventory levels.
ABOVE: Chrome mylar material was used on door stripes and on seats of early cars.
RIGHT: Later cars had white striping on seats, but retained mylar on door panels.
|Think you're done? WRONG! There are many more production changes described on 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).|