Buick LeSabre
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Buick
Model: LeSabre
Buick LeSabre

For nearly half a century, Buick produced the Buick LeSabre; a full-size car made by the Buick division of General Motors. Production began in 1959 and continued valiantly until 2005. One might assume that such a long running car was a luxury sedan and in fact this was not the case with the LeSabre. It was the entry level full-size Buick, and had the lowest base price in the Buick lineup. You may remember that this position was previously held by the Special. The Special name did come back on the market though in 1961 in the form of Buick's line of compact cars. By 1965, the LeSabre was offered in two trim levels: the base model and the LeSabre Custom, which obviously was aimed at those looking for a more luxurious interior trim. However, the LeSabre nameplate entered the automotive world at a Motorama show in 1951. By 1977, the LeSabre was downsized in accordance with the growing trend at the time for smaller cars. Other GM full-size models followed suit, and was then only available in pillared coupe, sedan and wagon body styles. In 1986, LeSabre underwent some changes and was reintroduced on the new front wheel drive H platform. This was a departure from rear wheel drive on the GM B platform, which had previously been used. The LeSabre was not alone on the H-body; its company included the Oldsmobile Delta 88 and the 1987 Pontiac Bonneville. The Bonneville returned to full-size after a short-lived run as a mid-size on the G platform. From 1986 until 2005, all Buicks were powered by Buick's 3.8-liter (231 cubic-inch) V6 engine. This baby started out with 165 horsepower and gradually increased to 205 horses in later years. To the dismay of some loyal drivers, the last LeSabre was released from the Lake Orion, Michigan assembly line on June 18, 2004.

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