Electra 225 Convertible
1970 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
1970 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
Going from the first car being built in David Dunbar Buick's garage, to having Harley Earl pen the first concept car in the form of the Y job in 1938, Buick has become synonymous with luxury. That design included a waterfall grille, and it is used on all Buick models even today. The name Electra is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Electra is: Sparkling. The fiery sun. Mythological daughter of Agamemnon. In literature she was a central character in three Greek tragedies.
For consignment, a large steel slabbed, convertible topped 1970 version of the 225. 225 was named because the car was 225 inches long. This version is slightly longer. Mostly original and a nice cruiser, our consignment presents in overall good condition and sports its original colors for the exterior and interior.
From its early 70's squared off version of the waterfall grille, with dual flanking round headlights and slightly pointed bumper, looking a lot like the Pontiac “beak” this car was meant to butt into the Cadillac Market and it even resembles the Caddies of this era. A long massive hood, big swinging 2 doors, a nice Sandalwood canvas convertible top, and trunk with room for 2, we see straight steel slabs and good gapping. This is all covered with Burnished Saddle paint and shows off as having just a few chips/scratches which have been touched up. Chrome is all in good condition and badging is all there and correct looking good. A thin trim spear runs from stem to stern on this land yacht, and the low slung bumpers of front and rear are big, nice, and shiny. Fender skirts are on back and these frame 15-inch Buick badged hub spun aluminum wheel coverings which are wrapped in thin whites all around. Noted also on the front quarter this car still hangs open to the iconic Buick vents now non functional and chromed nicely.
A swing of the king sized doors and we can grasp on to a strap which sits within a padded Burnished Saddle covered panel with some stitching for accenting. This, along with some wood appliqué and a chromed power toggle tray in the armrest, and some brown carpeting below, and we are heading into the passenger seating area. Burnished Saddle colored vinyl continues for the front split back bench and full rear bench. Both have some stitching with small tuck and roll, along with smooth near perfect bolsters and similar color piping. Turning to the dash it is dripping 1970's square and rectangle simple styling, and presents with nice clean chrome surrounding trim, plus a lower strip of wood appliqué. A factory AM/FM radio is installed on the wood appliqué. The dash is covered in padded brown molded vinyl and an original steering wheel is fronting the dash. Plush brown carpeting is flooding the floors and a wonderful brown tonneau covering hides the canvas top when it's in the down position.
An original unrestored engine bay with a spiffy engine in the form of a 455ci V8, which is original to this car, sits within it. A single 4-barrel carburetor feeds the mill, and a correct TH400 3-speed automatic is on the back of the engine. A 10-bolt 2.56 geared rear axle is completing the drivetrain.
Some heavier surface rust on the usual undercarriage suspects, like suspension and some in the frame, but it remains structurally sound. Steel stamped out floor pans are showing some wear off of the original undercoating and are in good rust free condition. Independent coil springs provide the float for this brown boat, and power drums bring it to a halt.
Not unlike your Grandfather's Cadillac in looks, this car started quickly, idled so that you could not even hear it, and was comfortable to sit in. Driving was a breeze literally as we had the windows open, and realized quickly that this is a quality car, with any previous problems sorted out on the drivetrain, suspension, and handling side. It cruised like a dream, and we had room for half the Classic Auto Mall marketing/car moving crew who came along for the ride! All were in agreement this is a cool 1970 car and enjoyed their ride immensely…but it did get them out of work so it may be all relative.
A nice dose of 1970 Detroit iron, where status was measured by the inch and in this car, you are a bit over 225 of them. Interesting interior pattern, and comfortable cushy seating, big exterior, and topped off with a Sandalwood convertible all in nice functioning, clean condition, ready to be enjoyed. Life does not get any better than this baby.
84-Electra 225 Custom
67-2 Door Convertible
H-Flint, MI Assy Plant
296877-Sequential Unit Number
ST 70 48467-1970 Electra 225 Custom Convertible
BDY FL1241487-Flint Body #
TR 619-Burnished Saddle Vinyl
PNT 68 E-Burnished Saddle, Sandalwood Top
04D-4th Week April Build
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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