Classic Coupe: 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited 40K – Sold?

by | Jun 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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July 3, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Traditional full-size, body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive, two-door coupes historically enjoyed lower production volumes and a bit more cachet than their more common sedan counterparts.  By the early 1980s, such full-size traditional coupes saw sales continue to decline from three factors. First, the 1979 oil crisis had consumers trading their full-size cars for smaller, more fuel-efficient models.  Second, the buyers who gravitated to these models were continuing to age out of buying these cars.  Third, consumers overall were starting to move away from their love affair with personal luxury coupes.

One of the last holdouts during this consumer transition was Buick and the fifth-generation LeSabre. This white over blue velour 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Marlboro, New Jersey, in May 2023, is a great example. Compared to the nearly 98K sedan versions produced in 1983, this LeSabre Limited coupe was one of about 29,000 manufactured that year.  A 40K-mile survivor example, the seller notes their 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited for sale features a new radiator paired with a newer set of tires. More importantly, this example features the more desirable and optional 307 cubic inch, Oldsmobile-sourced V8. ANother nice touch is how the current caretaker has the original window sticker affixed to the driver’s side rear window.

Last offered for $11,900, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the five-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for fifth-generation Buick LeSabres of all trim and body styles produced between 1978 and 1985.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the LeSabre Limited featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask currently lands five hundred dollars higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $11,400.

The 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited was a full-size luxury car produced by General Motors under the Buick brand. It was part of the sixth generation of the Buick LeSabre, which was produced from 1977 to 1985. The LeSabre Limited was positioned as the top-of-the-line trim level, offering a combination of luxury, comfort, and performance.

The 1983 LeSabre Limited featured a classic and elegant design typical of American luxury cars of the era. It had a large, squared-off body with clean lines and a distinctive front grille adorned with the Buick emblem. The car had a long hood and a spacious trunk, providing ample room for both passengers and cargo. Chrome accents and trim were prominent throughout, adding to its upscale appearance. The LeSabre Limited was available in various color options to suit individual preferences.

The interior of the LeSabre Limited was designed to offer a comfortable and luxurious driving experience. It featured plush seating upholstered in high-quality fabric or optional leather, providing excellent support and cushioning. The cabin was spacious, providing generous legroom and headroom for both front and rear passengers. The dashboard layout was clean and well-organized, with easy-to-reach controls and a driver-oriented instrument panel.

For its time, the LeSabre Limited was equipped with a range of features and technologies aimed at enhancing convenience, comfort, and safety. Some of the notable features included power windows, power locks, power-adjustable seats, air conditioning, cruise control, and a premium audio system. Optional features could include a digital instrument cluster, a power moonroof, and a remote keyless entry system.

The LeSabre Limited was powered by a range of engine options, including a V6 or V8 engine, depending on the specific model and trim level. These engines delivered adequate power and smooth acceleration, making the LeSabre Limited suitable for both city driving and highway cruising. The car had a comfortable and smooth ride thanks to its suspension system, which was designed to absorb bumps and provide a stable driving experience.

In terms of safety, the 1983 LeSabre Limited featured several standard safety features, such as seat belts, dual front airbags, and an energy-absorbing steering column. Additionally, it had power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes for reliable stopping power. While not as advanced as modern safety systems, the LeSabre Limited offered a solid level of safety for its time.

Overall, the 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited was a luxurious and comfortable full-size car that provided a smooth and enjoyable driving experience. With its classic styling, spacious interior, and a range of features, it catered to buyers looking for a refined and upscale vehicle.

The kmh032008 YouTube Channel features this 1983 Buick LeSabre commercial hinting at the fact the traditional full-size, rear-wheel-drive, American car would not be around much longer:

This white over-blue velour 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited coupe for sale appears to be a very nicely maintained low-mileage survivor that features the much more desirable Oldsmobile-sourced 307 cubic inch V8. Not only is that engine regarded as a very durable unit over other GM engines of the period, but it also provides adequate power.  However, knowing this car will likely never go way up in value, we can’t help but think about cool this LeSabre would be to drive with a mild LS Swap. Not only would the power increase be substantial, but the gas mileage would likely be on par with the standard underpowered V6 when this Buick was brand new.

If you are serious about buying this LeSabre Limited, you can start the conversation by following the contact instructions the seller provides in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Buick Survivor featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Classic, 2-door 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited coupe, low miles, 40,068 miles, clean. 8-cylinder, newer tires. New radiator. Runs excellent.”

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor-quality 1983 Buick LeSabre Limited coupe for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

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