Only a few cars could actually withstand the tight competition in the automobile market. With all the new models popping out like wild mushrooms, only the best and the trusted will survive. When one talks about longevity, the Buick LeSabre is ALWAYS at the top of the list. It is one of the very few, long-running vehicles that was able to repeatedly dominate the sedan market since it debuted in 1959. The Buick LeSabre’s 46 years of providing unmatched customer satisfaction spawned eight generations of top-notch vehicles, which embodied the superior style, performance, and versatility of Buick and General Motors vehicles.
Continuing the tradition
The Buick LeSabre was made to continue the ruling tradition of the Buick Special model made by the Buick division of General Motors. For many years before 1959, the Buick Special held the record of having the lowest base price in the Buick vehicle line up. When the LeSabre arrived, patrons were instantly captured by its economical value and its mesmerizing, full-size sedan goodness. Because of the unmatched customer satisfaction provided by the LeSabre, it is considered to be Buick’s best-seller in the full-size car category.
The X-Factor (1959-1970)
The first ten years of Buick LeSabre covered three generations of constant style evolution. From its boxier years during the second and first generations, LeSabre adapted a rounder body outline for the first batch of third generation models. It went back, however, to its boxier contour during the last half of the third generation. Regular changes to the rear, fascia, light assembly, and side body were the style highlights during the first decade. The “Delta-Wing” fins, the “Tri-Shield” logo, and the “Mirromatic” speedometer defined the first generation. The second generation boasts of its X-frame chassis, the boxier contour, and the “Custom” trim, which featured the very stylish chrome molding and brush metal insert on the side of the LeSabre. The third generation brought more luxurious interior, concealed wipers, standard headrests, and a concealed radio antenna to the Buick LeSabre.
Safety first (1971-985)
The fourth and fifth generation models fell under the second decade of Buick LeSabre. The major style changes during these generations focused on enhancing the driver and the passengers’ comfort and safety. Apart from the curvier contours and the shift from larger to smaller body frame, the LeSabre received extra roll-over protection through the new double shell roof. The new cockpit-style panel also gave the driver an easier access to the car instruments and controls. The “fasten seatbelts” light reminder and the 5 mph front bumper for added protection during collisions were added as mandated by the Federal traffic rules. But perhaps LeSabre went too far in its safety features with the interlock system, which required the driver and the front passenger to buckle up before they could rev up the engine. Numerous protests were staged against this feature that the Congress eventually permitted the owners to legally disable the interlock system on their vehicles.
Ever the best-seller (1986-2005)
The Buick LeSabre was able to keep its patrons’ trust and interest up until the last twenty years of its existence, which covered the sixth, seventh, and eight generations. This was made possible by the constant improvement and evolution of the car not only in terms of its engine performance but also through its world-class style modifications. Through its yearly facelifts and makeovers, LeSabre managed to maintain top-of-the-line interior, light and bumper assemblies, dash board panel, and safety features. One of the features that highlighted the last two decades of Buick LeSabre was the shift from steel to plastic front fenders, which was made possible by General Motors’ plastic body technologies. The legendary Buick LeSabre finally retired in July 2005 after its 46-year rule as America’s best-selling full-sized car.