1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible

Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece, 68k Mi, Rare, Gorgeous!


Harry's Thoughts

I love this Buick! I've know it for almost a decade and I just love the simplicity of design. Buick really nailed the Mid-Century Modern design with this model. And although they made 5,400 or so, when have you seen them in person before? These seem to be rarer than a Cadillac Biarritz!


SALE PENDING!!  This is a wonderful example of the very rare and ultra–Mid-Century Modern 1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible.  This is a very nice, restored as needed convertible that has been cared for through the years.  With new paint and leather interior, it looks as nice as it drives.  But most importantly, we believe this to be one of the very best design statements of its time.  This is an important Buick that can be shown at regional concours events or enjoyed as a wonderful weekend cruiser.

This Buick was built at the Flint, MI plant and is one of less than 5,500 convertibles built for the model year.  The odometer shows 68,000 miles and has been certified as the total mileage from new.  We helped source this Buick from its previous owner, Gary Guhman of Winter Park, FL and Rhode Island, on the 13th of May, 2015.  It had been certified as having 66,267 miles from new on the 17th of August, 2006.  We retained Tom Laferriere to inspect the Buick and it easily passed his inspection as a nice low mileage original car that had only been updated as needed.  Our client, Mike Goh, exported the Buick to be part of his collection of 1950’s American classics in Malaysia.  Over the past year, the Buick has benefitted from a repaint and new leather upholstery as well as significant mechanical restoration.

The livery of this 1959 Electra is nothing other than a design masterpiece.  The two very simple straight lines make up the entirety of its gorgeous design.  This is Jetsons at their best!  The original Artic White paint (Paint Code C3) has been upgrade slightly to a modest pearl white.  This looks very modern and looks sharp.  The paint has all been redone over the last year and has terrific shine and luster.  The chrome and stainless-steel trim are good to very good and appear to be original.  Certain of the pot metal chrome plated pieces have some pitting, but mostly not noticeable without close scrutiny (We are showing 114 detailed photos in the gallery on our website).  We love the rocker panel stainless detail for the Electra 225 (225 signifying the overall length of 225 inches of this gorgeous car).  The white vinyl convertible power top works well and is in very nice condition.  The wide white wall tires look correct and great but are likely at an age where they should be replaced.  Overall, the exterior of this Buick is very sharp!  Everyone loves this car!

The interior of the Electra 225 is beautiful in Red Leather seats and bolsters (Trim Code 870).  The red leather has all been redone over the past six months and is beautiful.  The red loop carpet is also in very nice condition and is a mix of original and correct replacement.  The red vinyl top boot looks great and fits well.  This Buick came complete with its Sonomatic AM radio and optional rear speaker (in addition to the CD player in the glovebox). Overall, the interior is in very nice condition throughout.

The engine compartment has been detailed and is good for regional shows and tours.  The coolant has been replaced with Evans, which is the best you can get.  The venerable 401 CID Wildcat V8 fires right up and has excellent power without any smoke or noises.  The 401 produces 325 hp and a massive 445 ft lbs of torque, making this a terrific car to pull a vintage boat or airstream!  The Twin Turbo Hydramatic transmission also functions well.  The chassis is well undercoated and appears without rust.  The present owner invested $30,000 mechanical restoration to ensure that this is a great driving Buick.  Harbor Restoration in Florida did most of this restoration work.  In addition, much of the suspension was replaced within the past year.  This is a very nice, low mileage example that has been well cared for.

This Buick comes complete with an owner’s manual and a CD player that has been installed in the glove box.  We have this priced well as the Hagerty No. 2 Value for this rare Buick is $85,000.  See listing here: 1959 Buick Electra 225 Riviera | Hagerty Valuation Tools

For more information and details, please call or text Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or email us at This 1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible is available for inspection at our Phoenix showroom. We are pleased to offer FaceTime or WhatsApp live video inspections and we help coordinate shipping worldwide. We also have financing partners if you are interested in financing.

1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible



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1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible
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VIN 8F1045269
BODY STYLE Convertible
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 68249
GEARBOX 2-Speed Dynaflow Automatic
INT COLOR Red Leather with White Piping
EXT COLOR White Metallic
YEAR 1959

Buick Electra 225 Convertible

The Electra 225 Riviera was the top-line model and it shared its six window hardtop roofline exclusively with Cadillac (which offered it on all of its models). Buick first applied the "Riviera" name to a premium trimmed 2-door Roadmaster hardtop in the middle of the 1949 model year, and thereafter denoted all Buick hardtops Rivieras.…
The Electra 225 Riviera was the top-line model and it shared its six window hardtop roofline exclusively with Cadillac (which offered it on all of its models). Buick first applied the "Riviera" name to a premium trimmed 2-door Roadmaster hardtop in the middle of the 1949 model year, and thereafter denoted all Buick hardtops Rivieras. Also, from 1950 through 1953, Buick made a premium trimmed, stretched wheelbase sedan, exclusively in the Roadmaster and Super lines, that was called Riviera. But 1959 was the first year that not all Buick hardtops were called Rivieras. A standard 4-window four-door hardtop was also available, as was a 4-door 6-window pillared sedan, along with a stripped chassis of which 144 were built in 1959 and 1960. The two-door convertible was only available as an Electra 225, and the 2-door hardtop as an Electra.



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