Dry Deuce-And-A-Quarter: 1963 Buick Electra 225 Four Door Hardtop Project- Sold!
We’re suckers for a good car story, so when we saw the black-and-white picture and learned this 1963 Buick Electra 225 Four-Door Hardtop is a one-family-owned car that’s been in dry storage since 1980, we knew we had to feature it. The private seller just listed this top-of-the-line Buick restoration project on Craigslist in Ithaca, New York for $2,200. A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller is asking $1,300 less than the new #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $2,200.
Buick restyled the Electra 225 (its largest, plushest, and most expensive model) for 1963 with distinctive rear fenders culminating in a sharp vertical edge housing narrow back-up lights. The taillights were horizontally placed in the vertical deck cove. A unique cast grille was used at the front. Bright wheelhouse and lower body moldings, with ribbed rear fender panels were used. Red-filled Electra 225 badges were found on the rear fenders, while four Venti-Ports lent status to the front fenders. Most interiors were cloth and vinyl combinations such as the example here. Standard equipment was extensive on these cars that included an automatic transmission as well as power steering and power brakes.
Not only do we love the provenance of this Electra but we would enjoy going through all of the service records and advertising material that comes with the car in addition to hear the story of how this remained in one family all of these years. Electra 225s is essentially a poor man’s Cadillac Series 62. In lieu of restoring, we would love to see someone get this running, clear coat the patina, put an air ride suspension on it, and enjoy all of the thumbs up you get cruising around. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“One family owned car has been dry stored since 1980. Big 325 horsepower wildcat motor. Turbine drive transmission. The Pillerless window model. All original except the seats re-upholstered. All service records, service manual, owners manuals, and advertising material are with the car.“
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