1963 Buick LeSabre Review

1963 Buick LeSabre 401 Wildcat from North America

Year of manufacture1963
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 401 Wildcat Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired61385 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carHonda CRX

Summary:

This car is an all out cruiser

Faults:

Needed to replace the wheel cylinders, ty rod ends and shocks. However, all were original factory equipment when I purchased the car.

The lever that controls the heater blower speed broke inside the dash and cannot be welded to repair, a new heater control assembly had to be purchased.

All other interior parts are cosmetically perfect. Seats, carpet, dash, etc are all in perfect condition.

General Comments:

This car floats on air as I'm driving. It has no rattles or squeaks. The interior is comfortable and spacious.

I drive my car hard and it doesn't leak or burn oil or coolant. The engine is as sound now as it was when the car was built. Acceleration is a piece of cake at high speeds. Off the line I'd like to see it pick up a little faster. Since the car is big, it doesn't handle that well. But I never seem to be in a hurry when I'm driving it so it's not really an issue for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2004

10th Jul 2005, 13:00

All-out cruiser is right! I owned a 1963 LeSabre during the summer of 1987,the seller only wanted $175. so I snapped it up. It had very little rust, but some dents and scrapes on the body. A like- new interior, however.That 280 h.p. 401 v8 was like flushing a toilet for gas mileage, but that Buick would cruise at 80 m.p.h. without breathing hard at all. The oddest thing about the car is that it did not have power steering or brakes, these were still an option on the LeSabre for 1963. It was a tank to park! It took awhile to get used to the location of Reverse, it was at the bottom of the shift quadrant,"PNDLR" is how it read. I foolishly sold the car that fall. Stupid me.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review