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1959 Buick LeSabre Sitting for Decades Is Complete, Runs and Drives, Sounds Healthy

Say what you want about Impala, but Chevrolet's model wasn't the only full-size superstar in the late '50s.
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Photo: Bogdan Popa/autoevolution/eBay seller bijj62
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Buick LeSabre, which came to be in 1959, was a very intriguing presence, offering exquisite looks and performance options that were hard to get at that time.

The first-generation model, produced for only two years in 1959 and 1960, landed with a single engine – the 364 V8 with 250 horsepower. For comparison, the top option on the Impala was the 348, so customers who wanted a larger displacement (and were also willing to pay more) could get the LeSabre. The top version of the 364 was fitted with a four-barrel carburetor and produced 300 horsepower.

eBay seller bijj62 says their 1959 Le Sabre has been sitting for over two decades. The car was parked in 2002 wearing new tires and is now ready to return to the road if someone out there is willing to begin a full restoration project.

Considering its age, the LeSabre looks better than you'd expect, but you'll still find the typical rust suspects when inspecting the car. The floors require the expected rust repairs, but the trunk and the other body parts look good. You should still get the car on a lift and inspect the undersides, but the owner says they inspected everything, and the rest of the body is solid. The trim is intact, and the glass looks good, so the car checks many essential boxes for a restoration candidate.

The seller adds that the engine has already been repaired, and it's now running off a gas can. The gas tank will probably need to be replaced, but even so, the engine comes with good news because it sounds "really healthy."

However, you must know that the engine under the hood is not the original unit that came with the car when it rolled off the assembly lines. The original V8 is still around, but its condition is unknown, so putting it back in the car could be a challenge if it's already seized.

A Buick LeSabre with the right restoration work could be worth more than $50K if it flexes the original package, a tip-top finish, and a working engine. A solid project is typically expensive, and this originally red coupe makes no exception. The seller expects $8,500 for the car, and no other offers are accepted.

The listing has already caught the attention of many people online, as eBay's statistics indicate that 42 people are already watching the LeSabre, possibly waiting for a price cut. If you want to see the vehicle in person, you must go to Laramie, Wyoming, and there's no way to take it home other than with a trailer.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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