Monday, January 26, 2009

1959 Buick Electra 225 four-door hardtop

"Once in a decade or so a new car is introduced that is exceptional in every respect . . . an automobile that makes an indelible mark in motoring history. This is the case with the 1959 Buick Electra."

Certainly, GMs catalog poetry became as lurid as their cars at the end of the 50s, but in fact Buicks 1959 lineup was a remarkable step forward. After the heavy-handed styling of the 1958 models, GM revamped their complete lineup after just one year in reaction to the nimble and elegant lines of the Virgil Exner-styled Chrysler models.

Buicks, Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles had to share the same body and now even the front doors in an attempt to cut production costs, but while the Cadillac became the most flamboyant car of the decade, the Buick sported a rather sleek styling, which clearly led to the clean lines of 60s design.

With rising headlamps and the facetted "Dynastar" front grille, Buicks top model sure showed road presence, and a look back to the iconic 1948 model clearly shows the immense progress of car styling in just a decade.

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