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Autoblog Classifieds Finds: 1970 Buick Electra 225

455 cubic inches of V8, 225 inches of Buick.

Autoblog's free Readers' Used Car Classifieds section is a great place to list your car for sale, and because these are readers they often list really interesting cars. Occasionally we find interesting listings in our what's special about them. This 1970 Buick Electra 225 was listed for sale at the time of this writing, but if the listing expires by the time you read this, feel free to browse for other great finds.

As a reminder that March is a last gasp of winter, and that spring's around the corner, it feels good to present this Seamist Green Buick Electra 225. A 1970 model, it's the last year before the Electra's 1971 redesign, and it already has the 455 cubic inch, or 7.5-liter, 370-horsepower V8 that was new for '70 – no "Nailhead" V8 for this Buick. The same year, you could also have ordered yourself an Electra Estate Wagon, which however had a shorter wheelbase as they were based on GM's B-body structure, not C-body. The sedans were longer inside out.

As the 225 badging reminds us, these behemoths really put the full in "Full-Size." These pillarless hardtop saloons were more than 225 inches long, on a 127-inch wheelbase, and they weighed almost 4,260 lbs. The following, 1971-1976 bodies were even longer, with the final models nudging past 230 inches. For 1977, the Electras were downsized, the 455 engine was abolished and the 225 badge no longer rang true.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves: 1970 is where it's at, and it's easy to imagine how smooth the ride would be, cruising in a coke-bottle-styled Electra. A period advertisement demonstrated the Electra 225's ride quality by showing how a drink tray was mounted onto the fender of the car, at wheel hub height, and no liquid was spilled from the glasses while the suspension did its job. Presumably the back seat would have remained blissfully unstained as well, and that's not a comment on how well this car's latte-colored seats repel Starbucks spillage. Did anyone even drink lattes in 1970? At least the Buick's fenders have "Ventiports" to match your full-size takeaway.

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