1969 Buick Electra 225 ConvertibleSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $30,000-$35,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $22,000

360hp, 430 cu. in. Wildcat 10.5:1 high compression overhead-valve V8 engine, Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic transmission, independent front with coil springs and leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126.2"

The name Electra for Buick ’ s senior model appeared in 1959, when Buick renamed its series, dumping familiar names it had marketed since introduction of 1936 models. Journalists in 1959 commented that Electra was “ a Roadmaster by another name. ” The added identifier 225 was inserted at the same time to designate the top of the top, signifying the model ’ s 225-inch overall length and still valid a decade later for 1969 model Electras. Among many customers, this Buick model came to be known as the “ deuce and a quarter, ” perhaps derived from the U. S. Army 2 ?-ton truck called the “ deuce and a half ” by soldiers of three wars.

Like the Roadmaster before it, Electra shared General Motors ’ largest C body with Oldsmobile 98 and Cadillac, and the practice continued for this 1969 Buick Electra 225 Custom Convertible. Custom had been added to the nomenclature when a new C body was introduced for 1965, signifying a higher, plusher trim level than for lower- priced Electras. The 1969 Electra convertible carried a factory price of $5,168, compared to $5,905 for a Cadillac De Ville convertible. Buick reported building 8,295 of its largest and plushest Electra convertibles for 1969, all 225 Customs.

To put Electra and its 126.2-inch wheelbase in perspective, it was at the top of a plethora of Buick models for 1969, including Specials, Skylarks and GS 350/400 on 112- and 116-inch wheelbases, LeSabres and Wildcats on 123.2 inches, and the Riviera coupe on 119 inches, plus the Sportwagon on 121 inches. As with Electra/Olds 98/Cadillac, many body and some chassis components were shared with other GM division cars.

This Buick convertible presents the rare and desirable triple black combination of exterior paint, convertible top and interior trim. It has had only three owners in 38 years. The top and carpets are new, the engine has been overhauled and it is repainted, most of the refurbishing done in 2006. In addition to the standard Electra 225 Custom equipment including all the power equipment and amenities such as air conditioning, it also has an Alpine CD player with Infinity speakers. Described by its current owner as “ truly a lot of fun to drive and own ” , who are we to argue?

Reference Number 10048

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1969 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
VIN 484679H110197 
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