Saturday, June 11, 2016

Ran When Parked: 1979 Buick LeSabre Sport Coupe

by Kevin --Before the GNX, before the Grand Nationals and T-Types there were the Buick Sport Coupes. The main attraction to these packages was the carbureted, turbocharged V6. This engine was available beginning in 1978 in the Regal, LeSabre, Century and Riviera. Find this 1979 Buick LeSabre Sport Coupe resting in the weeds, somewhere in South Dakota for $3,000 obo.

The vinyl roof is gone as is the right front bumper filler. All of the rest of the trim pieces appear to be present, at least on the left side. The aftermarket wheels are a downgrade from the Buick rally wheels that came with the car. 12998 turbo LeSabres were produced over a three model year run, 1978-1980.

Originally offered with either a 2bbl or 4bbl carburetor, the 2bbl was dropped for 1979. Fuel injection arrived in 1984. An inter-cooler was added in 1986. The “hot air” 4bbl turbo in this LeSabre produced 170hp and 265lb/ft when new. All turbo Buicks came with automatic transmissions.

The dash is cracked and the seats are threadbare, but again, all the parts appear to be there. Is this big Buick worth saving or is it too far gone? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Woud make a great planter. The velour is great bedding for moss.

  2. Would this be the 231 Buick even V-6.....not a fan of this Tug maybe some oil in the ground under this pimp my boat in SD...... Got fracking machine ?

  3. Parking a car out in the weeds is usually how country folk can say a long goodbye. I have looked at far too many vehicles, in much nicer condition, that had rotted horribly underneath 12 months a year. Suspensions are shot and brakes and lines are always knackered. $300 may be worth the Turbo 6.

  4. It's sad for me to see one of these die. I had a 79 turbo Lesabre but it was outfitted with all the power option as well as buckets and a console. Drove it for 11 years and a couple hundred thousand miles before I sold it.


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