Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5k: Head Turner: 1972 Buick Electra 225

The Buick Electra was in its 4th generation in the early 1970s and shared a chassis with other GM rear-whee-drive full sized C-body cars, including the Cadillac DeVille and Oldsmobile 98.  However, Sir Mix-A-Lot never picked the DeVille or 98 to star in a music video, so the Electra reigns supreme.  Find this 1972 Buick Electra 225 offered for $5,000 in Visalia, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

This Electra looks like a decent driver for the money, although more pictures (engine, interior, etc) would always give more confidence, especially considering the 2003 date stamp on this photo.  The Electra 225 was powered by a 455 cubic inch (7.5 liter) big block V8 putting out 350 horsepower and 510 ft-lbs of torque.  It won't make the 4500 lb behemoth run like a scalded dog, but it'll out power the brakes when you least expect it.

The only other picture of the Electra looks...well...Cadillac-y...what is going on here?  What just happened?

Keep laughin' at the car and you might get clipped by a hooptie.


  1. Find something on the market now that stretches 225 inches from bumper to bumper.

    Okay, no Suburbans.

    I have to admit that if I had a few random millions and could afford to be driven around, it'd be in a '72 Cadillac. No late-model German junk, and Godalmighty no Town Car, it has to be the final example of that era when Detroit could make a claim to some kind of greatness, before the labor situation collapsed, before the bumpers, before the lemming-march to wrong-wheel-drive.

    I wanna be Banacek, I wanna be Cleavon Little leaving the set of Blazing Saddles.

  2. These old GM cars are just wonderful rides: big, solid, heavy, reliable, comfy, decent handling and brakes, and cheap to fix. Pre-73 they have lots of power and style too. Once upon a time, you could get minty ones for cheap as Grandma/Uncle Bob had either traded up to a newer one, or checked in to a cemetery.

    The only thing wrong with them as drivers is $4 gas. My Delta 88 Royale had a 26-gallon tank and in 1998 twenty bucks would almost fill it.


    1. Man you are so right about these cars being dirt cheap at one time. During the mid 80's to early 2000's I was buying '72 Electra's for about $2000 in almost mint condition and in 2004 got a 29,000 mile original Limited for $6000. Between my Dad and I we had about 8 of these Electra's and counting my '72 Boat tail, that's 9 total '72s. That was a great year for GM as I never had any problems with my Buicks. That 455 engine will run forever and the car itself was built like a tank.
      I've seen morons ask over $20,000 for these cars! It'll never happen. Even a loaded 2dr Limited should bring no more than maybe $10,000 but some people think they're rare. What I hate is seeing stripped down versions with no power options and taxi cab interiors.

  3. Was this used in the movie "Johnny Brasco"?

  4. Fleetwood T. BroughamSeptember 18, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Deuce and a quarter!

  5. High school girl friend's parents had on of these in Center Moriches LI back in the day. Those were good times, but gas was so much cheaper too. Sucked gas like crazy with that 455 4bbl.


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