1976 Buick LeSabre Custom
1980 Buick Regal
Head to Head
(DISCLAIMER: The car pictured above and in the album IS NOT the actual car I owned in the mid-1980's! I have no pictures of the actual car; I found this one, and the similar cars in the photo album, online.)
Believe it or not, this tank was a former Police unmarked! A local Police department siezed it as a drug confiscation and decided to hold onto it instead of auctioning it off. After all, who would flash on a LeSabre hardtop as an unmarked? It already had a tuned 4-barrel 455 with dual exhausts (and as I found out after I bought it, no catalytic converters - the cops were running the thing with an illegal exhaust system!), so they just added some Police-spec suspension components, tires (mounted on the chrome Buick Rallye wheels that were on the car!), radio, and a shotgun rack and called it good.
When I bought it, all the radio gear and the gun rack had been removed, as were the chrome rims. It seems the chief wanted them on his personal cruiser! So I bought a Maroon-over-White '76 LeSabre with dog dish hubcaps mounted on dark blue steelies - very patriotic! On the way home from buying the car, I stopped off at a local junkyard and bought a set of '73 Buick full wheel covers to replace the poverty caps, and then I hit a parts store for some maroon spray paint to repaint the wheels. A weekend spent detailing it and doing some pinstriping and you'd never know it had served as a Police car... Until it blew your doors off! That big ol' Buick could pass anything but a gas station!
About “Money Pit”
My uncle got this car from a guy who inherited it from his mother after she died. She was the original owner and it has 114,000 original miles on it. My uncle needed his garage wired for electricity and a new garage door opener installed, so he gave me the car in exchange for wiring the garage. It needs plenty of work but it's mechanically sound and the only deep rust is on the bottom of the rear quarterpanels.
Specs for “Beauregard”
Buick 455 4-barrel
TH400 Automatic Transmission
3.89:1 Limited Slip rear
0-60 in abuot 7 seconds (Official Timex wristwatch timing)
1/4 mile in about 15 second (Ditto above)
Top speed? I had it well over an indicated 110 on the calibrated Police speedo
Specs for “Money Pit”
4.3 liter V8 (265 ci)
Factory Options for “Beauregard”
AM/FM 8-Track Stereo
Remote Driver's-Side Mirror
Remote Trunk Release
(In addition to standard equipment:
Factory Options for “Money Pit”
No factory options listed.
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