(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!
I deliver U.S. mail in this car. The summer sun in Texas makes cars a solar heat collector. I built this shade so my car would have a permanent portable carport.
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
No specifications listed.
AM/FM 8-Track Stereo
Remote Driver's-Side Mirror
Remote Trunk Release
(In addition to standard equipment:
No factory options listed.
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