First Generation Buick Electra 225
Back in the heyday of the American automobile industry gasoline was cheap so vehicles could be built without regard to gas mileage, and some big “boats” were the result. These cars are really cool today and there were various entries into this market, such as the Cadillac, the Lincoln Continental, and the Oldsmobile 98. The big top-end Buick was the Electra 225.
The first model year for the Electra 225 was 1959, and it got its name because of the fact that the length of the body measured a rather robust 225 inches; some of your hipsters referred to it as the “deuce and a quarter.” You have to admit, deuce and a quarter does sound pretty cool and these cars were considered cool enough to stay in production through the 1990 model year.
The first generation of the car lasted for just two model years, 1959 and 1960. The car was offered in three different body styles at that time: a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, and a two-door convertible but there were also a handful of stripped-chassis models made. It came loaded with the powerful 401 cubic inch Wildcat V8 with a four barrel carburetor that was capable generating 325 hp. The transmission was a two-speed Dynaflow automatic, and power steering and power brakes came standard.
There were just over 22,400 1959 Buick Electra 225 models sold. The highest seller was the four-door hardtop sedan with 10,491 of them leaving the showrooms. But if you are looking for a truly rare 1959 deuce and a quarter try to find Model 4830, which is the stripped-chassis model. There were just 120 of those produced.
This is a look at the birth of the Buick Electra 225. We will be looking at later models in future posts and we invite you to share your experiences with this classic Buick of days gone by.