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Buick Skylark 225 - 1960
Named after its founder, david dunbar buick inventor of the enameled bathtub buick followed the general motors trend in 1959 by exaggerating the tail fins on its cars, but the company went one better by placing fins on the front as well as the rear. For i960, the fins were toned down a bit: like a 59 buick made of soap after a weeks use, one journalist commented.
Top speed of 115 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Water-cooled, overhead-valve v8
displacement 364 cu. In. (6.27 l) power rating 325 hp
transmission 3-speed automatic + reverse
chassis: Pressed steel; Independent front suspension by coil and wishbone; Rear suspension by coil springs; 4-wheel drum brakes; 4,840 lbs.
price: $3,795 in i960
Adjustable instrument panel
the new line had one of the best engines and transmissions on the market, matched to mediocre suspension and brakes. For the first time in the industry, passengers in the back seat had separate heater controls, and the mirrormagic instrument panel was adjustable to the optimum angle for perfect visibility. It was, buick claimed, an important safety feature.
the 60 buicks were awash with gimmicks, one of the strangest being the twilight sentinel, an electronic unit that automatically turned on the headlights when it got dark and turned them off again at daybreak. I960 was not a good year for buick, with sales of just 307,804 cars. Nevertheless, it was a significant improvement
over sales in 1959, during which buick had been hit by a strike
Buick builtjust5,236examples of the electra convertible coupe in i960. Like all i960 buicks, it had sculpted rear flare-fins.
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