The 1960 Buick
Fun and Games
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What's Wrong With This (Interior) Picture?
DISCLAIMER: I have presented these examples for entertainment and to educate potential buyers of 1960 Buicks. Buick offered such a variety of interior trim (and with mid-year revsions) that it is often difficult to recognize what is authentic and what is not. If nothing else, this illustrates the need to do your homework before buying, and that high-dollar cars are not necessarily authentic. My experience has been that many sellers claim their cars have either original or authentic interiors when, in fact, neither is true.

It is not my intent to degrade or belittle the cars shown in these examples, nor am I suggesting that an unauthentic interior will prevent anyone from driving, showing, and enjoying their car. I will submit, however, that the knowledge of a non-authentic interior can offer powerful leverage during purchase negotiations, and can prevent later disappointments.
For some unknown reason, this high-dollar Invicta restoration is using what appears to be red LeSabre convertible door panels (coupe would have black and white inserts). But if the picture was larger, you'd see the door panels have no embossed LeSabre script, and use an Invicta badge.

Therefore, the door panels either came from, or were copied from, an Invicta coupe with the optional all-vinyl interior trim. This no-cost option (available only on 2- and 4-door Invicta hardtops) used essentially the LeSabre convertible & wagon interior, albeit with Invicta badges instead of the embossed LeSabre script on the door panels.
This beautiful Chalet Blue LeSabre convertible has an excellent interior. Unfortunately, it is not authentic. The seat sew pattern is done in the style of an Electra 225 convertible bench seat. It is unclear from the photo if the materials were chosen to simulate the various leather grains originally used on an Electra.

The side trim (doors, quarters) is tastefully done but in a style that does not correctly represent either the Electra or any other 1960 Buick interior.

Whether this was done intentionally to suit the owner's whim, or was because of a lack of correct information, is unknown.
This Electra 225 convertible has the desireable and rare bucket seats. Although they look nice, the color scheme here is completely wrong. (No, I'm not referring to the green Pontiac floormats!)

This is probably an attempt to recreate the Dark Fawn interior that uses a chocolate brown color with light fawn inserts. However the colors here are not even close to correct. The console looks like it could be a 1960 Buick unit, but has been recovered incorrectly. Although many clubs permit substitution of vinyl for leather, all Electra convertibles (bench or buckets) originally had leather seating.
In another section of my website, you saw the varieties of LeSabre red interiors. This 2-door hardtop interior looks like the "late" style with black cloth, so what's the issue?

Although done very attractively, the breech of authenticity is the seat fabric. Look back at the section on production changes and compare to the original black Culebra cloth shown there. Also, there should not be a pleated sew pattern to the cloth. All said, it sure is a pretty interior, isn't it?
This LeSabre was advertised as having original interior. Do you see why that is a false statement? Sure, it looks like the "early" version of the red interior, but something's wrong.

The cloth is not red Baylor cloth, but maybe that's too tough to see in the small photo. There's another, more obvious, issue that screams out the seats have been reupholstered.

It's the black & white inserts in the seat. Remember they are supposed to be asymetric: that is, the white on the seat back is above the black on the cushion, and vice versa. I didn't show the rear seat, but it matches the front--it should also be asymetric, but opposite. (Go back and look at the ratty original early red interior in the Production Changes section of this website.)
At first glance, this interior looks reasonably correct.

If it was an Electra coupe, that would be true. What you can't tell, and will have to take my word on, is that the car is actually an Invicta convertible. Hmmmm.

The prospective 1960 Buick buyer should remember that no convertibles had cloth seating: Electras and Invicta Customs had genuine leather, while LeSabres and Invictas had colorful vinyl interiors.
This one's a "gimmee". I hope everyone spotted this as generic replacement upholstery. However, because of the flamboyant red and white pattern of the correct LeSabre convertible interior, some might be misled into thinking this was "close" to correct.


Actually if the red and white were exactly reversed, it would be considerably closer to resembling the original interior.
I made this a big-time closeup on purpose. I want you to see the upholstery grain.

This very pricey Electra 225 convertible is sporting a restored version of the "maroon" interior it was originally built with. The correct scheme does indeed use a dark maroon primary color with lighter metallic maroon inserts.

However in this case, not only are the colors quite a bit off, but the graining is bass-akwards. The primary (darker) material should have the smooth ("Haircell") grain; the insert material should have the coarse ("Cape Buffalo") grain.

I am uncertain if this is leather or vinyl, but leather would be correct. By the way, the top boot should always match interior color.
On the NEXT page, it's YOUR chance to spot what's odd!
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).