Longest Buick Ever: 1975 Buick Electra 225 Four Door Hardtop – SOLD!
July 15th Update – While updating our past Malaise Monday listings, we confirmed the Craigslist post for this car Electra 225 expired, so with no replacement ad found so we’re calling this Deuce-And-Quarter “Sold!”
For many years, Buick’s top-of-the-line Electra 225 was the car for people who “made it” but didn’t want to flaunt it by driving around in a Cadillac. In the early 1970s, buying an Electra 225 sedan meant you were buying the last generation of four-door hardtops the brand would ever offer, one of which is this power blue example listed on Craigslist in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Cape Cod) where the son of the owner for the last twenty years currently has it listed for $3,850. Researching the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their father’s “Duece-And-A-Quarter” priced slightly above the midpoint of the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,837, $3,071, and $5,118, respectively.
Buick completely restyled its full-size B- and C-Body cars for 1971. The full-size cars emerged larger and heavier than ever before or after for that matter. The new GM full-size bodies, at 64.3″ front shoulder room and 63.4″ rear shoulder room, set a record for interior width that would not be matched by any car until the full-size GM rear-wheel drive models of the early to mid 1990s. The styling featured curved bodysides, long hoods and wide expanses of glass. All Electra 225s were hardtops in the 1971 to 1973 model years, eliminating the previous four-door pillared sedan variant and the convertible.
1975 brought about changes in all of General Motors C-body cars. In 1975, all Electra 225 coupes had fixed rear side windows and center posts. 1975 also brought along a newer front end and interior design. Rectangular headlights became standard on all GM C-body cars, along with many others. This supposedly would allow engineers to lower the front end to reduce wind resistance, but this wasn’t very apparent with the new design. The Electra received a new metal “egg crate” style grille, which covered most of the front end, and wrapped underneath the headlights. The grille included running lights on either side. There was a choice of a base model Electra 225, whose trim and appointments were upgraded to the same level as the previous year’s Electra 225 Custom, an upscale Limited, and the Park Avenue. The 1975 Electra was also the longest Buick ever built at 233.4 inches (5,928 mm), which is over 19 feet. These cars dwarfed the newer front-wheel drive Electras and Park Avenues in sheer size and weight.
Power windows and a power driver’s seat became standard on all Electra models in 1975. Also new to the standard equipment list were radial-ply tires. The 1975 Electra was one of the first GM vehicles to offer an Air Cushion Restraint System or “airbag”.
Inside, a new flat instrument panel (shared with LeSabre, Estate Wagon and Riviera) with horizontal sweep speedometer (silver facing with black lettering) replaced the wrap-around cockpit dash of previous years and door panel trim was revised. The speedometer was scaled back from 120 mph (193 km/h) to 100 mph (161 km/h) and kilometer readings were added. The 1975 Buick Electra Limited got an all new interior.
Technical changes for 1975 included the addition of a catalytic converter and electronic ignition to not only meet the stringent 1975 and later emission requirements, but also extended routine maintenance intervals, and improved fuel economy and driveability which was a must in the era immediately following the 1973–74 energy crisis, but also spelled the end of dual exhaust systems and mandated the use of unleaded gasoline as the converter could be rendered useless if contaminated with lead. Axle ratios were also numerically lowered to aid in improving gas mileage. The 455 four-barrel V8, now rated at 205 hp (153 kW), was retained as the standard and only available engine.
We like how the seller honestly states their Dad’s Electra is a #4 Fair Condition car as we agree with that assessment. If you can fit this long Buick in your garage, it would make a comfortable and simple-to-work on entry-level way to enjoy the collector car hobby with five of your favorite friends or family. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“The ride this car gives is insanely smooth and comfortable. 455 4V
turbo 400 transmission. Both operate extremely well with no odd noises. This car presents itself well with light powder blue paint and a white top. Interior is in great original shape. Odometer reads 68,000 miles. Car starts right up and runs smooth and quiet. This is a solid car with minimal rust issues. Power windows! Very comfortable front power seat. This is a driver quality car. Number 4 condition car. This is not a perfect show quality car. If interested I can text or email you a video of the car running. Bumpers are solid but could be recromed or replaced. Missing back up clear lenses on rear bumper. Very nice car you could use and enjoy every day! My dad has owned this car for 20 plus years, car has been garaged most of the time.
convertible hardtop car is a nice feature. Car needs new weather strip around windows.“
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