There’s 2,000 cars at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction and it’s likely most of them have a story. This 1960 Buick certainly may have had a storied past that we don’t know about, and this week it can add another entry to its diary.
Nineteen sixty Buicks are moderately popular in the hobby, mainly collected by Buick folks and hot rodders, if I’m correct. Of course, many prefer the similar 1959 version with its taller fins and canted headlamps, but the ’60 looks more handsome up front and has some nice contours coming from the headlights towards the front door.
The LeSabre was the bottom-of-the-line model starting in 1959, replacing the Special and becoming Buick’s bread-and-butter series. Standard power was a 364cid “Nailhead” V8 with 10.25:1 compression, which put out 250 horsepower with a two-barrel carburetor. A no-cost option was a low-compression (9.0:1) version with 235 horsepower. Add a four-barrel to the standard engine and you’d have 300 horses. All were standard with a three-speed manual, with Turbine Drive automatic a popular option.
The four-door hardtops were perhaps the most distinctive, what with their flattop roofline with rear overhang, but the four-door sedan seemed to meet the needs of most Americans as it was the top-selling Buick for 1960 with 54,033 units built.
According to the write-up on this car, it was originally sold new in Texas and spent most of its life in a town called Hereford. The description doesn’t say which version of the “Wildcat 364” it has, but it does say this Buick is equipped with Turbine Drive, power steering and brakes, Sonomatic AM radio, rear-window defroster, and electric clock — just the basics.
This prime specimen of a finned automobile from Flint managed to score a top bid of $14,300 (including fees) at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. Will there we a better buy to be found this week at Westworld?