American car shoppers looking for a full-sized hardtop coupe in 1962 couldn’t go wrong with the offerings from The General.would sell you for just $2,561 (about $23,800 today), but next door wouldn’t have felt properly shamed if you put a new proletariat-grade in your driveway. No, to really stand tall during the era of , you had to go higher up on the food chain. For the B-platform full-sized cars of 1962, that meant beat the Chevy, was the next step up the ladder, and at the very top was the : and . To go beyond that, you had to move up to a C-platform or . Today’s Junkyard Gem is a , now much-faded in .
The reason GM shoppers got so bent out of shape aboutof the late 1970s, in which some GM cars received engines made by “lesser” GM divisions, was that each division had its own family of V8 engines during the 1950s and 1960s and they weren’t supposed to be mingled. The ’62
You had to pay a fat premium on the Chevrolet,, and B-bodies to get an automatic transmission (a was base equipment in those cars), but automatic was standard issue on the 1962 LeSabre. This was that traced its origins back to
This car sat outdoors for many years with no glass, maybe several decades. GM B-body coupes of this period can be worth restoring, but this one would require a complete new interior from scratch.
The MSRP on this onetime cream puff was $3,293, or about $30,605 in 2022 dollars.
While the automatic transmission was standard on the ’62 LeSabre (), buyers had to pay $116 (about $1,080 today) for this AM radio. Hey, if you wanted to listen to while driving your new Buick, you didn’t cheap out! Note the Civil Defense triangle-in-a-circle symbols at and 1240 kHz; those indicated the frequencies of . All American-market sold from 1953 through 1963 were .
The original buyer of this car even paid 17 bucks extra ($158 today) for the optional rear speaker, and I’ll bet that clock wasn’t free.
Buick, and since then.
What does it take to be a Buick?