The 1960 Buick
Fun and Games
(continued)
Your Turn!
Photo #1 (above left). Engine compartment shot (above right) is photo #2.
Photo #3 (left) is from a LeSabre 2dr sedan.
The green Invicta interior (above) is Photo #4.
ANSWERS:
PHOTO #1: I thought we'd start with an easy one! These dog-dish hubcaps were actually standard on all LeSabre models, but seldom seen. Note the body-color wheels that were mandatory with the small caps. If you look very closely, you can see the cap's logo is the fifties-style B-U-I-C-K lettering; although the tri-shield was introduced in 1960, it did not make an appearance on the poverty hubcaps until 1961.

PHOTO #2: The air duct to the generator, and the absence of an AC compressor are give-aways that this LeSabre coupe has the seldom-seen "N8" air conditioning prep option. Named for its order form option code of "N8", the package included the larger radiator and HD generator of the air conditioned car, the air-cooled ducting to the generator, and a factory-cut hole in the firewall for the AC evaporator. The hole was then sealed off with a black-painted metal plate (see photo, between air cleaner and heater box).

Much like the "AC prep package" you might buy on new home, this option provided provisions for the Buick dealer to later install the complete factory-engineered air conditioning system. (For 1960, Buick offered an over-the-counter AC accessory installation kit that, when combined with the N8 prep, was indistinguishable from an actual factory AC installation.)

PHOTO #3: Did you guess "no clock"? That's nothing unusual, on a LeSabre. Look closer, as this very original LeSabre 2dr sedan is a trifecta of oddity.

Perhaps the standard white steering wheel caught your eye first. Notice how the shift lever is also in white to match the wheel. Although standard equipment on ALL LeSabres, few cars were built this way.

This car still has the factory floor covering, which on the 2dr sedan (only) was a colored rubber mat, with carpet on the tunnel hump only. (The owner has placed a small square rubber aftermarket mat on top of the original, but look closely and you'll see the area out to the sill plates is textured rubber.) As you would expect, no one reproduces this original style mat.

Did you notice this LeSabre has no radio? In its place, is a brushed metal cover plate. Radios were optional on all models, and there is actually a beautiful Electra 225 Riviera Sedan in the BCA that was built with NO radio!

PHOTO #4: Aside from incorrect replacement seat cloth on this Invicta coupe, the real point of interest here is the absence of the heater/defroster. Notice the interior-colored metal block-off panel. Heater/defroster was optional on ALL models, but cars without it are very, very rare.

PHOTO #5A: At a glance, this radio looks correct. Note that the script says "Volumatic", whereas the correct radio is a "Sonomatic". Also, the buttons do not spell out B-U-I-C-K. This was a period aftermarket radio that no doubt offered the dealers greater profit. A less obvious oddity is the shift lever blocking the radio. This is a stick shift car! (Photo #5B is thrown in to show the correct Sonomatic radio.)

PHOTO #6: Two items. First, this LeSabre convertible has the block-off plate of a non-radio car. Less obvious is the absence of white piping on the seats, which immediately identifies the interior as having been reupholstered.

PHOTO #7: This LeSabre 2dr sedan has a manual transmission. Less than 1% of all 1960 Buicks had this standard transmission. Since only LeSabres were offered this way, the stats work out to 2% of all LeSabres. Look closely and you can see part of that original rubber floor mat, too.
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).