Greg, in 2006 I purchased a 1974 Buick LeSabre convertible from a collector. The car is all original and only had 16,000 original miles on the odometer. I have maintained its originality and enjoy going to car shows and driving it on a regular basis.
Greg, in 2006 I purchased a 1974 Buick LeSabre convertible from a collector. The car is all original and only had 16,000 original miles on the odometer. I have maintained its originality and enjoy going to car shows and driving it on a regular basis. We have taken some cruises to northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and this summer plan on attending the annual "Survivor Show" in St. Charles, Ill.
My wife and I enjoy the pleasure of driving and riding our '74 Buick very much, and our LeSabre turns heads wherever we go. Jim Jatczak, Warrenville, Ill.
Jim, glad to hear you are enjoying your classic LeSabre convertible. The LeSabre nameplate first appeared on a production Buick in 1959, when GM decided to start renaming all of its Buicks. LeSabre took over where the Buck Special once stood in the Buick pecking order, and by 1974 it was a big luxury car and a Buick bestseller.
The engine under your LeSabre's hood is either a 350-V8 with a two-barrel carb, which was the standard engine, or perhaps a 350 four-barrel. There were also two 455 four-barrel V8s available, namely a 455 two-barrel and the powerful Stage 1 455 "performance package." The wheelbase is a lengthy 124 inches, which was a standard "big car" wheelbase of the day.
All 1974 Buick Lesabres came with the new steel belted radial tires and a "low fuel" warning light. Being that your LeSabre is a convertible, it is worth more than any of the other 1974 LeSabres hands down because only 3,627 were built that year out of a total run of 113,792 1974 LeSabres. Overall in 1974, Buick produced 495,063 cars, including LeSabre, Apollo, Century, Luxus, Regal, Estate Wagon, Electra 225 and Riviera.
As I've owned two Buicks in my day (a 1951 Special and a 1983 Park Avenue) and my grandfather owned a 1948 Special, I personally feel that the 1974 LeSabre Convertible is one of the best-looking Buicks ever built. If you have a photo, send it along and we'll run it in a future column.
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