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1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible

Sold For $67,200

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020 - The Roadmaster Collection - Offered on Thursday


Chassis No.
8F2007249
  • Offered from the Roadmaster Collection
  • Fully restored, top-of-the-line Buick for 1959
  • First year for the Electra 225 convertible model
  • Factory bucket seats and in-dash air-conditioning upgrade
  • Iconic year for Buick tail-fin design

For years Buick had used its Super and Roadmaster lines to represent the very finest cars the company had to offer. That all changed for the 1959 model year, with the Super becoming the Electra and the top-of-the-line Roadmaster becoming the Electra 225. The 225 designation represented the car’s overall length of more than 225 inches. Built on General Motors’ C-body, the Electra 225 was offered in sedan, sedan Riviera, and convertible body styles. As with Cadillac, the 1959 Buick models displayed the height of GM’s prominent tail-fin design and were called “the Year’s Most Changed Car.”

This beautiful 1959 Electra 225 convertible has benefitted from a lovely restoration that is correct in every way. It is finished in white with a white convertible top and complementing chrome trim, and the red leather interior features factory bucket seats. Delivered from the factory with a dash intended for optional air-conditioning, the rest of the cooling system was installed after dealer delivery. Power equipment on the car includes windows, seats, top, steering, and brakes, with a radio and rear-seat speaker putting the finishing touch on a full complement of comfort features. The Electra is powered by an overhead-valve, 401 cu. in. V-8 engine producing 325 hp, which is paired to a Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission. This Electra 225 convertible is one of 5,493 produced for 1959, representing less than 2 percent of total Buick production that model year.

Long and low with an aggressive front end and tail fins to boot, the Electra 225 convertible was Buick’s halo car for 1959, with styling that remains iconic. This stunning example, having benefitted from a full restoration, is a wonderful representation of the model, depicting the finest luxuries Buick had to offer for 1959.

“ELECTRA—the most luxurious Buick.”

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