The Buick LeSabre was a full-size car made by General Motors from 1959 to 2005. Prior to 1959, this position had been retained by the full-size Buick Special model (1936–58). The name originated with the 1951 GM Le Sabre show car designed by Harley Earl; that car is often mistakenly attributed to the Buick division but in fact it was presented as a GM vehicle without reference to a specific GM division. Buick closely related their 1956-1957 models to the GM LeSabre by replicating the top section of the rear wing into their design.. LeSabre is French for “the sabre”.
This particular LeSabre is perhaps one of the most well-known examples of the type currently in the UK, as it featured in the international super-show, BBC Top Gear, when driven by famous co-presenter James May during the pinnacle era of this television programme, which featured Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.
The vendor describes this example as being generally good in all respects, with a significant number of service and maintenance issues attended to, and a number of correct and fully accepted modifications alongside a recently renovated interior which included new carpets, headliner and rear parcel shelf, and the vendor wishes to point out that all original parts have been retained and are offered with the car.
We understand for the purposes of the television production, the car was wrapped and a new owner may wish to preserve this finish, as it was how the car was featured on Top Gear – however, the original paintwork is maintained and preserved underneath.
The car is accompanied with various sundry bills, older MoT certificates, and with its already established celebrity status, it certainly represents one of the most interesting of these Buicks in the UK.