Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spring Thoughts – Topless 1965 Buick Electra 225


1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell


I ran across this unique automobile last spring on the highway between Sterling, IL and Polo, IL.

There was a sign that said I was in a community named Penrose. (See map. This car was at the intersection of Penrose Road and Freeport Road.)



Google map of Penrose, IL 




It promised to be a warm Spring morning, but the dew was still clinging, and I wondered why the car was sitting with its top down, exposed to the elements.




1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell




A closer look revealed that this 1965 Buick Electra 225 is not, in fact, a convertible at all.





1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell




The chiseled 225 inch-long flagship of the Buick line was never offered as a four-door convertible. This car once had a solid steel roof, which had been quite skillfully removed. And replaced with nothing. The car has no top whatsoever.




1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell





1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell





1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell




Which explains why the interior has that “weathered” look.




1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell





1965 Buick Electra copyright 2011 by Jeffery Blackwell





Whoever removed the roof did a very clean job and obviously put a lot of time and effort into doing so.

Which left me wondering how the deuce-and-a-quarter came to sit here, drying off from dew and its sensitive vinyl interior about to be assaulted by the piercing rays of the rising sun. 



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6 comments:

  1. It'd do better out here in SoCal, where rain is scarce and the convertible is king . . . but I like seeing it where it sits. The shot you took where the weathered white house and weathered porch chairs provide such an apt background would make a great painting . . .

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  2. Love that steering wheel shot...gorgeous!

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  3. i don't know wheter it's a convertible or not--
    but what i am 100% positive of is that it is NOT a 1965 electra.
    it's a 1963 electra.
    1964 had vertical red tail lights.
    and 1965 had near-across-the-board horizontal tail lights, with a middle section painted red (that was a door for the gas cap) interrupting a beautiful tail light display.

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  4. Anon - I'll take your word for it, you obviously know your Buicks. But take my word for this; this car is topless ;-)

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