Safron Survivor: 1978 Buick Electra 225 50K Original Mile Survivor – SOLD!
May 8th Update: when we first featured this 50K mile Buick Electra survivor in late January, the current caretaker hoped asking $14,900 would attract a buyer. It didn’t, so now we noticed a fresh listing reduced to $13,500, which is still a lot of money for what many would still consider a well-preserved used car than a collectible. Good luck with the purchase!
By the late 1970’s two gas crisis and new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards forced domestic manufacturers to downsize their full-size cars as lowering weight was the easier way to increase fuel mileage. A prime example is this pristine 1978 Buick Electra 225 currently listed recently on Craigslist in Rhinebeck, New York where the current caretaker has this 50,000 original mile, Saffron Red example now priced at $13,500, a decrease of $1,400 since they first listed the car back in January. Using the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the asking price is well beyond the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of only $747, $1,495, and $2,415, respectively. The premium being requested is for the low mileage, like-new condition.
GM downsized all of its full-size, C-body cars such as this Buick Electra for 1977. In the Electra’s case, it lost over 11 inches in length and nearly one thousand pounds in weight despite offering comparable passenger and storage room to its predecessor. Unlike previous generations, the Electra 225 became the base model, forcing consumers to purchase the “Limited” trim in order to have the top-of-the-line Buick. Powering downsized Electras was the tried and true Buick 350 cubic inch V8 topped with a four-barrel carburetor. Despite minimal changes for 1978 (GM was busy the following year launching their down-sized mid-size cars) sales for 1978 remained strong at over 100k units in its second year.
This low mileage Buick appears to already well-sorted enough to be a prime candidate to enter the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (“AACA”) Preservation – Original Features class. Given the condition presented, this appears to be a great example for a novice to enter and place for a “Junior” award. Our only hesitation is the amount of online marketing this car has gone through recently we noticed when Googling “Safron Red 1978 Buick”. In those other ads, the asking price was several thousand dollars higher. So you’ll need to confirm whether he is in fact the fourth owner or perhaps he’s related to the third owner now that the car has been relocated from Florida to upstate New York. That nuance aside, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Clean title. 50,000 original miles! This car was previously a Florida car so there’s NO RUST! Engine is the famous V8, 350 cu in, 5.7 L. Factory Saffron Metallic paint is in excellent condition. Original Cordovan vinyl top is in mint condition. As new factory red velour interior. Ice cold factory air conditioning. Price is $14,900 or best reasonable offer. Vehicle is located in Rhinebeck, NY.“
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