1978 Buick LeSabre

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Many Americans bought gas-sipping Colts and Chevettes when Malaise fuel prices hit… but some stayed with big Buicks!

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This 32-year-old, daily-driven LeSabre sports traditional Detroit design and looks much less dated than economy cars of the same era.

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Illustration for article titled 1978 Buick LeSabre

The standard LeSabre engine for '78 was the 105-horsepower Buick V6, which wasn't much engine for a 3,500-pound car. You could also get a 165-horse turbocharged V6 or a Chevy 305 with 140 horsepower (and V8 torque). OK, fine, it's ridiculously underpowered. Even a minivan with an entire kids' soccer team inside would blow this car away in a drag race, but which vehicle would you rather drive to Vegas?

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62imperialcrown

Finally one I can really relate to - I have a '78 LeSabre Custom two-door with 55K that came from the original owner in Burbank. Light tan with tan velour.No trim on the B pillar like most of them had, and yes, it's got the 105-horse V6. It'll do 75 on the freeway easily enough - it just takes a while to get there. It came with those same wheelcovers as the one above, but I swapped them for a set of the sport wheels (from a '76 Regal - they have the smaller bolt pattern). Very nice ride for around town.