I was in Florida over Christmas and New Years visiting my sister's family and happened to see this car on a dealer's used car lot. I've been looking for a nice car to use to keep the miles (and Pennsylvania's dreaded winter road salt) off of Madeira, my Caprice coupe that I've been using daily, and being the end of the month - and the end of the year, for that matter - I thought they might be willing to cut me a deal. Long story short, they were, and I called the airline to cancel my return flight to Philly from the dealership. I got myself a real nice car with under 40,000 miles for about $8,500!
(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!
3800 Series II V-6
4-Speed Overdrive Automatic
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
I don't know what was standard or optional on this car, so here's some of what's on it: Leather upholstery, Rear spoiler, Fog lights, Anti lock brakes, Steering wheel controls for the stereo and cruise control, AM-FM-XM-CD stereo, Tire pressure monitor, 16" alloy rims, and a cargo net in the trunk
AM/FM 8-Track Stereo
Remote Driver's-Side Mirror
Remote Trunk Release
(In addition to standard equipment:
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