Junkyard Find: 1976 Buick Electra Limited Park Avenue

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1976 buick electra limited park avenue

There’s the Buick Electra, the Buick Park Avenue, and the Buick Limited. Only during the depths of the Malaise Era, however, could you buy a Buick with all three names.

The ’76 was the last of the huge Electras, with the four-door hardtop Limited weighing in at a mighty 4,709 pounds. This was before Buick spun off the Park Avenue as a separate model and used the designation for the Electra’s top trim level.

This was also before The General started playing funny mix-and-match games with V8 engines, putting Olds engines in Pontiacs and I don’t know what all. In ’76 you still got a genuine Buick 455 in your Electra, with 345 pound-feet of torque compensating for its 205 horsepower.

Not a lot of Buick class remains in this much-thrashed, Crusher-bound veteran.

Those rain-soaked velour seats still look ready to swallow a half-dozen of so beefy passengers. Not many will miss the luxury cars of the Malaise Era, but let’s hope a few survive for future generations to contemplate.

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  • Flybrian Flybrian on Apr 27, 2011

    Rejoice, Malaise Lovers, for I am helping to keep hope alive with my '76 LeSabre Custom - hardtop, padded roof, and 455cid = massive winning. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1976_Buick_LeSabre_Custom.JPG That's my $400 beauty enjoying its autumn years in the Florida climate, just like its original owner probably did, letting its very Seventies Musket Brown enjoy the sun. And given that my job involves selling fine pre-owned automobiles, I've driven lots of recent and vintage iron, but nothing has the pure ride quality of a large fullsized GM sedan from the 70s.

    • Dan Walker Dan Walker on May 15, 2011

      I just lucked on to this forum when I was Googling '1976 buick electra''I have one of these cars. It is a 76 buick electra limited [and it does not say electra on the car at all] ,just'Limited'. Years ago I owned one of these cars and it was the best car I ever owned. Rides like a dream,handles very well and has all the power I need .Gas milage is becoming a problem these days but if you want to own a classic you will pay for the gas..the first one I owned ended up getting so rusted[Alberta winters] I sold it My new 76 buick has only 32000 original miles on it and is in VERY good condition. This time I built a garage for it. I am looking for a power seat motor for the passenger side.. It's funny how some cars came with some options and others did not.Mine also does not have the drivers side thermometer on the mirror,nor does it have the fiber optic fender monitors.there were a lot of options avaliable with these cars icon icon icon

  • Dsmith3456 Dsmith3456 on Jul 22, 2011

    Please let me know what junkyard has this vehicle if possible

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