1985 Buick LeSabre


Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1985
Mileage 84010
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Automatic
Make Buick
Model LeSabre

LeSabre 1985

Title Status --
Exterior Color Frost Beige
Interior Color Tan


1985 Buick LeSabre Limited Collector\'s Edition Hardtop

For consignment is the last of a breed...a 1985 Buick LeSabre Limited Collector\'s Edition Hardtop. A hood ornament, dash plaque and leather-bound commemorative kit denotes its place in Buick history. With just 84,008 non verifiable miles, this example is a well-kept capsule in time and is a great representative. Whenever we feature these late 70\'s mid-80\'s land yachts on our social media, they get a huge response because they were so ubiquitous and as it turns out, in the cookie cutter automotive world of today, pretty special.

Much of the look of the car carries over from the 1977 model when this profile was first adopted. The taillights are single-color bars with design cues from early-80\'s Regals, only bigger to fit the body. The body is stretched a bit and corners are sharper than the \'77, but the successful platform remained very true to Buick\'s familiar look which varied from its GM brethren. Magnum 500 wheels flank this car and were among a number of choices in \'85 that included a turbine wheel and wire wheel hubcaps. Chrome headlight bezels match the chrome bumpers and side mirrors, while the door handles are color matched in this case being Frost Beige. That big chrome grille is topped with a \"Limited Edition\" hood ornament behind which is a long hood. The roof is hardtop with vinyl landau in tan on the back quarter. Overall the paint is in very good condition with only some chips noted in the left rear quarter panel and some peeling on the door edge and frame.

This might be what conjures up the most memories because frankly, pillow-topped velour interiors are a thing of the past, having given way to modern materials and the preference for leather. Too bad because the comparison to sitting in a Lazy Boy chair is justified. Front buckets here are only lacking an extendable footrest to make them living room fodder...they are soft and very comfortable. Who needs lumbar support when you\'re lazily cruising down the street in a soft cruiser intended for comfort? The back seat? Well, one can remember long rides back from grandma\'s house, sleeping on that big, cushy bench. Anyway, on to the enormous doors which house power window switches, power locks, and the old cable-driven side mirror joystick. Faux wood, velour and carpet material is masterfully used, and the armrest adds to your relaxation. Past the tan steering wheel is a tilt adjustment followed by a basic dash; speedometer, gear indicator, (column shift), and gas gauge. Good enough! The middle has the standard Delco AM/FM radio, the joystick for the passenger side mirror, climate controls, and a continuation of the faux burl wood. The carpet and headliner look good and the visors are showing some sag. (If you\'re also 39 years old right now and laughing...don\'t worry...the sag is coming...)

The original engine is in place; an Oldsmobile 307ci V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor, delivering power through a four-speed automatic transmission, (200R4). All standard fare for the time and put in a lot of GM products. Last of the rear-wheel drives, the axle is a 10-bolt with 2.73 gears. Power brakes reign in this car and are disc up front, drums in rear.

The suspension components, driveshaft, rear bumper, and rear axle have what we might call \"deep surface rust\" that is, noticeable pitting or texture accompanies the rust. Not invasive per se, but a step beyond mere a sandpaper solution. The single exhaust and muffler appear to be in good shape. Independent front suspension is coupled with 4-link and coils in the rear.

We were on cloud nine on this ride...and cloud ten, eleven and twelve. As much as I wanted to climb into the back seat and curl into the fetal position with my favorite stuffed monkey, alas, I had a job to do. The little V8 ran smoothly and could barely be heard in the cavernous cloud of the interior. Power was adequate for a cruiser, but don\'t challenge any Grand Nationals at a traffic won\'t have a chance. Some yaw on the turns, to be expected for a large luxury car of the era. Brakes worked as they should. All controls are functional...three cheers for GM\'s swansong!

I think it was best said in some forum discussions from 2009 on \"That generation of rear-wheel-drive LeSabres were incredibly nice. GM also had other \"Collector Edition\" vehicles in that era, including some Corvettes and later-model Roadmasters, (of a particular model year). These \"Collector Edition\" LeSabres have a little added status of sorts as \"the last year\" of rear-wheel-drive LeSabre.\" Come check out this fine example at Classic Auto Mall.


G-General Motors
BP-LeSabre Limited
37-2 Door Hardtop
Y-307ci 140hp 4bbl V8
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