Continuing on with the Mad Men Weekend, and continuing on with the central character of the series, Don Draper. Draper seems a little uncomfortable with the 1962 Cadillac he bought in later episodes, but he didn’t seem all that uncomfortable with the Buick Convertible we saw him driving in when the series first took to the air. This was a flamboyant car, just right for an up and coming executive in the Advertising industry, and there is an equally flamboyant 1959 Buick Convertible that you can make your own…
Convertibles were a different breed in the 1950s and 1960s — retractable roofs were found on huge, stout Buicks, Chryslers Cadillacs and Lincolns, offering an option for open-air driving without losing the luxury and presence of these machines. The Buick LeSabre (some say it was actually an Invicta) driven by “Mad Men” protagonist Don Draper is a holdover of late ’50s style. It was both bulbous and finned, carrying all the styling excesses of the 50’s, yet it carried less “jewelry” and was more restrained than any Buick before 1960. It has since become one of the period’s more revered classic cars, like this one….
This is a 1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible that has just come out of hibernation. According to the listing:
1960 Buick LeSabre convertible, just out of a lengthy museum stay, with new brakes and a rehabilitated fuel system. The body is straight and solid, with striking red paint, and complimenting original interior. The 364 V8 performs well, enhanced by automatic transmission, power steering and brakes.
Offered by the Goldenrod Garage in Freeport Maine, with an asking price of $29,500. This is an impressive cruiser, and you can live your dream of driving around in the style of Draper, but is the price too high? See the listing here.
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