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    Default Electra fever

    As much as I love my Centurion I find myself looking on 71-72 Electra’s every now and then, especially two doors in good shape like this one. Was there ever a smoother ride?

    Guess the only cure for that Electra fever is to get one ….but as always its a matter of space, money and time

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    This is a very nice car, Per, but in my opinion it´s far away from the sporty lines of our Centurions. The rear / trunk is too high and makes the car optical too heavy. The typical elegance of the Centurions is destroyed with that rear design - in my eyes. The side line in the metal running from the hood to the rear fenders end flows like a bow and has a parallel line in the trunk of the Centurion which also goes down to the end while the Electras trunk line parallel to the side line is more straight. So your blue sports car looks much nicer to me.

    On the other hand this Electra seems to be in very good condition and guess one could get it for relatively small money.
    BTW : They signed it to be a 1972 car, but isn´t it from 1971 ?
    Last edited by The German; 06-19-2009 at 04:33 AM. Reason: Had to express my thought more clearly ...
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    Have to add that the longer I´m looking to the Electra design ( I fetched the "Collectible Automobile" of Dec.2007 and had a look to the pictures of such cars in the article about the 1971-1976 Buicks) the more I understand what you probably mean with "Was there ever a smoother ride?", Per. The Electras seem made more for the family or for the leisurely driving people than the Centurions - for the comfortable relaxed cruising. And with their design they truely give the impression of a "smooth ride". Guess that´s your feeling (?).
    Needed some time to step aside from my huge Centurion enthusiasm; hope you understand that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The German View Post
    Have to add that the longer I´m looking to the Electra design ( I fetched the "Collectible Automobile" of Dec.2007 and had a look to the pictures of such cars in the article about the 1971-1976 Buicks) the more I understand what you probably mean with "Was there ever a smoother ride?", Per. The Electras seem made more for the family or for the leisurely driving people than the Centurions - for the comfortable relaxed cruising. And with their design they truely give the impression of a "smooth ride". Guess that´s your feeling (?).
    Needed some time to step aside from my huge Centurion enthusiasm; hope you understand that.
    No worries Rolf, I understand how you mean. I too prefer my Centurion and would never replace it with an Electra, but I could get used to having an Electra like this as well, but a thing called common sense kind of stops me

    If it doesn’t go too far from the starting bid, it is in my opinion a lot of car for the money...
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    Check out the seller's response to the guy who pointed out that his 72 has several 71 body parts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartin View Post
    Check out the seller's response to the guy who pointed out that his 72 has several 71 body parts...
    ... didn´t see it ("... This is an early build 72 model with a build date of 71. Some of these early cars carried over 71 pieces. ...". - Thanks, Adam.
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    Sorry, guys, I just can't keep quiet on this one. As many of you know, I have documented 72 Buicks (B-C bodies) since new. I have recorded literally hundreds of 72 Flint and Wilmington built Electras and some with VINs earlier than this one. They were all 72s from top to bottom. This Electra clearly has a 71 front clip. While I can understand that some carry over parts may have been used early on in some areas of the car, if that was the case with the sheet metal, grilles, etc., GM wouldn't have lasted long. This car, originally posted on ebay in October, 2008 has a correct VIN of 4V37T2Y106928. If I would have purchased a new 72 and it had a 71 front end on it, I'd have never accepted it. My only comment, based on 38 years of documenting these cars, is "buyer beware".

    As far as owning an Electra versus owning a Centurion, all I can say is that if you love a Centurion, you'll love an Electra. They are a magnificent road car which provides the utmost in comfort and power. They cruise the roads effortlessly. They are different cars, aimed at a different market and, as such, each can be appreciated and enjoyed but any comparison would be difficult to make between the two series.
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    I owned a '72 Electra 4-door at one time.
    Covert Tan, Brown top & interior.
    Nice car, but huge. Felt twice as heavy as my '72 LeSabre did.

    I'm not sure I would give up a Centurion in order to own an Electra
    If I could own both at the same time though....
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    Past Buicks. '66 Riv G.S (clone) / '70 Riv / '90 Riv / '72 Skylark / '72 LeSabre / '72 Electra / '96 LeSabre / '92 Park Avenue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweepspear View Post
    I owned a '72 Electra 4-door at one time.
    Covert Tan, Brown top & interior.
    Nice car, but huge. Felt twice as heavy as my '72 LeSabre did.

    I'm not sure I would give up a Centurion in order to own an Electra
    If I could own both at the same time though....
    Many years ago my buddies had a black 68 4-door with blue interior.
    It could make the gas-account go sky high so fast you wouldn’t believe it , thinking back it probably needed a good overhaul.
    However, we thought back then that this was the most "American" car of all we owned so far in its size and style.
    A ride smoother than silk ...
    Guess it was back then I caught that Electra bug
    Last edited by Robroy; 06-27-2009 at 03:42 AM.
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    BOB, just responded to per,HUH! that one slipped by my radar.Didnt even notice it,And yes ,My mother having new electras,72 and 75and an aunt with a 71,these cars to me anyway were not only part of my youth,but in my eyes were every bit and probably nicer than there Cadillac counterparts, i like caddys, but to me the Electra had understated elegance and just wasnt overdone. I am a bit partial to the 72,probably since we had one. P.S. did anyone see the 72 boatail on ebay where the owner claimed it was one of a few that snuck through the plant with the 71 decklid...Yet it must have snuck through with a 71 grille too!!! Honestly!!!

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    Yeah,a 69 427 custom coupe with hideaway headlights would do just fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Genario View Post
    Yeah,a 69 427 custom coupe with hideaway headlights would do just fine!
    Check out this one, it’s a 4d impala with a 350 I know but look at the condition… MINT!
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    Default Like new 73 Electra Limited

    Looks like it came right from the showroom, sold for 13500!

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    Beautiful!
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    This is a beautiful automobile - I wonder if it is as pristine up close and in person as it appears in the pictures. Some things make me wonder if it may have had some mildew/dampness - check the glove box door out, look at all the interior pictures and anything that is bare metal(trip reset post, some areas showing on seats, etc) are rusty. The headliner seems appear to have mildew in them. Also, when taken close up, look at the condition around the Dealer Nameplate on the trunk lid.

    A beautiful car indeed, but hopefully for that kind of money, the new buyer doesn't show up to a car that is not as pristine as it appears in the pictures.

    PS: Not to mention the incorrect top.
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    You've made some good observations here, Kurtis. You do have to look very closely to note some of these things and hopefully they are very minor because the car is gorgeous and very well optioned. The glove box door does have a very odd look to it and even the decals on the underside of the trunk look blotchy. It is my best guess that this car did not come with a vinyl roof and the current seller had it installed to "improve" the appearance. Why else would a car of this calber need a new vinyl roof? The color is wrong for the 73 green vinyl roof, the grain of the material is wrong and the belt reveal molding is all chrome instead of having the matching vinyl roof color that the Electras sported. Regardless, I think I could find room somewhere in the garage for a car like this!
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    You guys sure are skilled on 70’s Buick’s!
    Not in a million years would I‘ve figured out that the vinyl roof is incorrect for the car


    Bob, when you say that the grain of the material is wrong, are you referring to the difference in color on the door sides verses the dash (pict below)?
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    I believe he is referring to the grain in the vinyl roof, the Buicks of that vintage had a different pattern in the grain than the roof installed on this one - if you look at the roof of your 73m the graining in the vinyl should be different than the graining/design of the roof on the Electra - this was a style they started using in the later 70's and up
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    Plus the seam is down the middle not on either side as it should be
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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion717273 View Post
    I believe he is referring to the grain in the vinyl roof, the Buicks of that vintage had a different pattern in the grain than the roof installed on this one - if you look at the roof of your 73m the graining in the vinyl should be different than the graining/design of the roof on the Electra - this was a style they started using in the later 70's and up
    Thanks Kurtis,
    I see what you mean.
    The structure in this vinyl material looks to be the same as on a 86 Caprice Brougham I once owned.
    I think it looks good on the car though even if it’s the incorrect type for that year

    What about the difference in color on the interior wood imitation?
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