Garage marvels at 1963 Buick LeSabre exterior, but then open it to find its interior

  • This 1963 Buick LeSabre is in decent condition when it comes to the exterior
  • The interior is tacky
  • The engine is a ‘Nailhead’ V8

Published on Jun 17, 2024 at 11:53 AM (UTC+4)
by Alessandro Renesis

Last updated on Jun 17, 2024 at 6:06 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The guys who run a workshop and a YouTube channel happened upon a 1963 Buick LeSabre in decent condition.

The exterior is fine, but there are a couple of issues with the interior.

It’s not ruined or anything, but it is – how can we put it? – a bit tacky.

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The guys from the Calico Classics YouTube channel are working on this 1963 Buick LeSabre, and the first thing that stands out is the exterior is not too bad, considering the car hasn’t been properly looked after.

The two-door hardtop coupe is painted in white with gold chrome trim throughout.

The ‘Buick’ lettering, both at the front and at the back, is also gold, but the front one is missing an ‘I’.

Not exactly subtle, but then again subtle isn’t necessarily what people want these days, considering all Mansory vehicles, including the 2-door Urus, sell out instantly.

What’s going on with the interior of the 1963 Buick LeSabre?

We’ve seen classic cars with bad interiors, the Cadillac Snoop Dogg used to own springs to mind, but this is different.

The cabin of Snoop’s Cadillac is a mess because it’s ruined, with stains, dirt, and so on, not because there’s something unusual or ‘wrong’ with it in terms of the way it was designed or customized.

This is the other way around.

It’s not too bad in terms of condition but clearly isn’t for everyone.

The rear seats, which is actually a bench seat, are upholstered in black and brown, but at the front, there’s what looks like a rug you might find in a 1970s Detroit home.

And what really worries us is what’s in the middle, right between the front and the rear seats, a chandelier grandma would be proud of.

The icing on the cake is the dashboard, which is covered in something that looks like leopard fur, and the logo and switches were modified to match the Buick logo.

A good ol’ V8

This second-generation Buick LeSabre is powered by a 401-cubic-inch (6.6-liter) V8 engine.

Buick called it the ‘Firewall V8’, but everyone else called it the ‘Nailhead’.

The 1963 LeSabre was available with three V8s, and this was the biggest and most powerful, producing 325 horsepower.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed manual.

If you can get over the interior, this is definitely a nice ‘project’, as some people would call it.

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Alessandro Renesis

Experienced content creator with a strong focus on cars and watches. Alessandro penned the first-ever post on the Supercar Blondie website and covers cars, watches, yachts, real estate and crypto. Former DriveTribe writer, fixed gear bike owner, obsessed with ducks for some reason.