This is the 1951 Buick LeSabre. For those that don't know what this car is,
I've reproduced the text of the placard that was with the car as a basic
In 1951 LeSabre was one of the first show vehicles produced by General
Motors Styling following World War II. reflecting Harley Earl's fascination
with jet fighters, LeSabre adopted many of the design and engineering
features found in high performance aircraft. Lightweight materials like cast
magnesium is used in the decklid, front fender valence, and inner door
panels. The hood, fenders, and out door panels are made of aluminum.
Rubberized 20-gallon fuel cells are located in each tail fin. One tank
was used for gasoline. The second fuel cell carried methyl alcohol for extra
power when the accelerator was pushed past the mid-position.
The wrap around windshield was an industry first. The convertible top and
side windows are electrically operated and raise automatically when the
moisture hits a sensitized spot located between the seats.
Apologies for some of the fuzzy pictures. The lighting in the room gave many
reflections and made it very hard for me to get clear hand-held shots.
Many thanks to GM for bring this car and their other fine vehicles to the
July 2007 Buick Club of America National Meet in Bellevue, WA.