Closing out the weekeend, I thought I would highlight two very different 70’s era Buicks, that are both Lustworthy (at least in my mind they are) for two totally different reasons. One is a 1972 Buick Electra 225 Limited two-door hardtop, finished in (of course) Brown with a Brown vinyl top. This is a body style you will never see again… The other Buick is a 1973 Buick Estate Wagon, you know, the one with the clam shell tailgate, faux wood paneling, and it also has a vinyl roof!!! So, wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick? Let’s start with the Electra Limited. According to the very detailed listing:
1972 BUICK ELECTRA LIMITED COUPE, ONE OF THE NICEST IN THE US !!! 46K original miles, FAMOUS 455 BIG BLOCK V-8 4BBL. Just arrived, this lifelong amazing Electra is in excellent condition. Delivered to RK Jack Jr. of Lansing, Michigan on June 6, 1972, this car remained with Jack until his passing. Acquired in 2006 with 44K original miles by Owner #2. We purchased the car, brought it to Florida for a complete refresh and it is ready for its new owner. Over the last 42 years only about 46K miles… Very nice older repaint in factory Dark Brown Metallic. Original factory Brown vinyl top in excellent condition. Excellent original Limited Brown vinyl interior in as new condition. Mint original dash, door panels and carpet. Very nice original chrome and stainless. The car is equipped with the factory 455 cubic inch V-8 engine with 4BBL and automatic transmission. Cold factory air conditioning. Original Buick wire wheel covers and newer white wall radials.
The starting bid on this Buick Electra Limited is $8,500, which really isn’t too bad considering the condition and mileage. This really is a lot of car for the money, and shows very well in the pictures, so why not take a look at the listing, and tell me what you think about it… [sc:ebay itemid=”360947822034″ linktext=”1972 Buick Electra Limited 2-Door Hardtop ” ] Now, take a look at this Buick Estate Wagon, and tell me that you wouldn’t want one of these. This is a 1973 version, the first year these cars were saddled with the large Federally Mandated Bumpers, but I think it looks quite nice. According to the listing:
HERE IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE FINEST 1973 ESTATE WAGONS IN THE WORLD. This is AN ORIGINAL VEHICLE, it has not been restored other than the hood and front fender tops have been repainted as they were slightly faded. This is a national award winning show car, AACA senior award, Buick Club senior gold award, North Shore Concours (Misselwood) best in class, all in 2011, has also been invited and shown at The Greenwich (CT) Concours and Hemmings Concours. This vehicle was never used as a workhorse or as a “mommy” car to haul kids to McDonalds. I have a three ring binder with registrations and maintenance receipts to validate the original mileage. It was manufactured in June, 1973 at the G M Wilmington Delaware plant and shipped to Scranton Buick in Pennsylvania (I have the original key chain). This wagon has 24 factory options (see photo of original window sticker) sold new for $6,900.15. Has 5 bias ply tires to conform to AACA show specs. This is a two seat, six passenger wagon, it was not ordered with the third rear facing seat. I installed the Lavant vinyl top in 2008, the top was an available option in 1973 but was not original to this wagon. It has full power including the tailgate which folds under the load area and tailgate window which raises into the roof. Every option works perfectly except the 8 track player which malfunctioned last summer and I have not had an opportunity to have it repaired. This wagon has all original wood grain applique, perfect vinyl interior and NO RUST. This wagon is a joy to drive and a pleasure to own. THE ENGINE compartment has been detailed and undercarriage is totally detailed. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A RESTORED VEHICLE, IT IS ORIGINAL.
With all of the factory options, and with mileage under 52,000 miles, this Wagon should go for a few dollars more than the Electra Hardtop above, and the top bid so far is $6,100, with an unmet reserve. I think this car has the potential to go for well north of $15,000, but what do you think? See the listing here. [sc:ebay itemid=”131203741064″ linktext=”1973 Buick Estate Wagon Six Passenger ” ]