Junkyard Find: Donked-Out 1969 Buick LeSabre

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find donked out 1969 buick lesabre

One thing about the East Bay is that you see a lot of donks there. Last time I visited the area in which I had all my earliest formative automotive experiences, I spotted this ’69 Buick sedan sporting 22″ wire wheels in a local yard.

This car has been picked over pretty well, but nobody seemed interested in a full set of 22s. Perhaps they were just too beat-up.

Some vestiges of this car’s former luxurious glory were still visible. The vinyl-with-molded-in-stitching upholstery still had that Leather of the Future™ look, for example.

This “Sonomatic” AM radio probably cost the original purchaser the equivalent of 500 bucks in 2012 money. It was all worth it when this song came on.

The LeSabre’s standard 350-cubic-inch Buick V8 made 230 horsepower and oil-tanker-grade torque.

By 1968, the freedom-crushing nanny-staters had finally mandated shoulder belts for automobile front seats in US-market vehicles. Buick softened the blow by adding this tasteful request above the steering column.

There’s still a fair amount of useful stuff left on this car. Bumpers, taillights, instrument cluster, and so on. Let’s hope some of these parts get rescued before The Crusher eats this car.






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  • BklynPete BklynPete on Oct 25, 2012

    @Mr.Nosy: Gee, here's something new at TTAC -- homophobic and racist rants. Very charming. What's the matter, did you get kicked off the Fox News comments section?

    • Mr Nosy Mr Nosy on Oct 26, 2012

      Oh bomberpete,how sensitive thou art! Have you never seen "What's Up Doc",or "Oscar Bait Sean Penn Movie",or even "Taxi Zum Klo"? Ever hear tell of that queer demographic of a certain age that find the current hetero-normative,gay bourgeoisie being just a bit too conformist? The mid-century, Mamie Eisenhower generation? What about VH1's "Behind The Music,MC Hammer"?(If I was in his posse,he probably wouldn't have gone broke,well,at least not as quickly.).BTW, I was riffing,not ranting,Blanche. Vaginal Davis warned me about your type,before she moved to Berlin.

  • BklynPete BklynPete on Oct 26, 2012

    Yes, I saw "What's Up Doc?," "Milk" and the MC Hammer story on "VHI Behind the Music." "Bullit" too, of course. Liked them all. Oh so sorry that I didn't get it...you're just a poor misunderstood wannabee who needs attention by using the slang of people you don't know that well who probably want little to do with you. Again, My bad. Tell me how to get in touch with mommy and daddy. I'll make sure to them to up your November allowance this month because your widdle feelings wuz hurt.

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