The Buick LeSabre is a full-size car that was made by General Motor's Buick Division between 1959 and 2005. All vehicles of this model line feature a frontally-situated engine. The most recent model years offer four-wheel ABS brakes, auto-on headlights, and a generous power package. This is the quintessential family sedan with ample storage and child safety locks. Powered by a 3,791 cc 3.8 liter V-6 engine, the later models pack quite a punch.
General Motors built the Buick LeSabre as the successor to the Buick Special. Designed in 1951 by Harley Earl (known to car aficionados the world over for his work on the Chevy Corvette and his instrumental role in putting the tail fin on the American automobile), it was initially designed as an entry-level car. First engines featured a 364 cubic-inch V8, which evolved as needs changed over the decades. Year 2005 models offered multi-point fuel injection technology that enabled consumers to enjoy 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 miles per gallon in the city.
When the first Buick LeSabre rolled into the show room in 1959, it was available in a FR layout with a three-speed manual or two-speed automatic transmission. The second generation, spanning the years from 1961 to 1964, saw the four-speed manual and three-speed automatic transmissions. The engine featured 401 cubic inches. Third generation models rolled off the assembly line with automatic transmissions only. Fourth generation LeSabres got bigger (like everything else in the 1970s) while the fifth generation saw a decline in wheelbase (from 124 inches to 116 inches) but an increase in height from 54 inches to 56.7 inches. Sixth generation LeSabres hit the markets between 1986 and 1991, and featured an H-body and a further reduced 110.8-inch wheelbase. Buick continued to play around with size over the last two generations.
The eighth generation Buick LeSabre left Michigan's assembly plants in 2005. Built on an H body platform, it featured a 3.8 liter series II Buick 3800 V6. The interior was a study in luxury with a front seat cigar lighter, RDS audio system, floor carpeting, lighted entry, dusk sensor, and locked glove compartment. Its standard keyless entry, daytime running lights, compact disc player, and GPS made it a hot seller for families in search of a weekend getaway vehicle as well as professionals with an eye on luxury.
The driving public loved its LeSabre. The 2005 J.D. Power and Associates Award for the full-size car went to the Buick LeSabre. Over the years, other awards commemorated America's love affair with the ever-changing model line that paired safety with value and durability. Who wouldn't love a self-leveling suspension package or an emergency trunk release that could be operated from the inside?
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