The 4-door models had a lower bright rear fender molding as well. The first generation of Buick Electras was introduced in 1959 to 1960. Extra storage in the center console made for a convenient ride that made use of what was usually dead space in coupes. And although from 1975 to 1976 the number of VentiPorts were reduced by one, and the front fascia was downgraded to a LeSabre's, the Electra 225 style chrome rocker panel moldings and distinctive Electra 225 style rear quarter panels albeit without fender skirts remained. Electra 225 rear fenders had a group of vertical hashmarks, with Electra 225 spelled out in block letters just above. The standard and only available engine was the 401 cubic-inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, 10.
The new plastic grille featured 17 vertical bars and covered much of the radiator. These cars dwarfed the newer front-wheel drive Electras and Park Avenues in sheer size and weight. Each used a 4-speed with a 0. The sixth generation lasted from 1985 to 1990. The Park Avenue's seats were designed by Flexsteel.
This supposedly would allow engineers to lower the front end to reduce wind resistance, but this wasn't very apparent with the new design. 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. A unique cast grille was used at the front. Once again, there was the base 225, the Limited, and the luxurious Park Avenue. Convertibles also had a two way power seat adjuster and power windows standard. Inside was a new wrap-around cockpit style instrument panel shared with B-body LeSabre and Centurion models that grouped all instruments with easy reach of the driver.
The Buick 350 was now optional, with the base engine being the Buick 4. The car was totally redesigned, but still offered base 225 and Limited trims, plus a top-line Park Avenue option package, which became available on the coupe. Buick Estate station wagon was also called the Electra Estate, which was outfitted with an Olds 350 diesel engine. The full-size cars emerged larger and heavier than before and also ever after. The Electra and Electra 225 were the same length in 1961. Buick added a 7-way tilt steering wheel in 1963 as an option. Its tires may develop flat spots, rubber seals drying up, lubricants breaking down, and the gasoline may go bad.
There was a choice of a base model Electra 225 whose trim and appointments were upgraded to the same level as the previous year's Electra 225 Custom and an upscale Limited. Also new for the 1971 Electra 225, as well as the B-body and , and , was a new power ventilation system. Sales began in April 1984, alongside the previous model, which had ceased production that month. The rear end ratio also was higher than the 1975 standard, at 2. The 350 engine also came with a price rebate. Rear-wheel drive had been abandoned in favor of front wheel drive capabilities. Brisbane cloth interiors graced closed models while the convertible was trimmed in leather.
Wide front lower body moldings were used along with a bright deck cove insert. In 1960, the Electra was upgraded with horizontal headlamps and a concave grill. Engine offerings were unchanged from 1964 including the standard 325 hp 242 kW 401 V8, and two versions of the larger 425 V8 that were rated at 340 hp 254 kW with a four-barrel carburetor or 360 hp 268 kW with two four barrels. The Electra's hood was hinged in the front thus opening at the passenger compartment, opposite of the conventional setup. Starting in 1991, the became a distinct model instead of a trim designation.
In 1988, the Electra Park Avenue received the 3800 V-6. Electra Limited Park Avenue The , originally an interior comfort and appearance package, gave buyers ultra-luxurious pillow-topped seating, a center console, velour headliner, thicker carpet, and an upscale door panel design. Front bucket seats were optional on the convertible. Manufacturers were keeping their options open with the Electra. The ventilation system was extensively revised for 1972. The rear end ratio also was higher than the 1975 standard, at 2. .
Power windows and seat were standard on the Electra 225 convertible and optional on all other models. The first engine was a 401-cubic-inch 6. The Park Avenue Deluxe was an expensive option not popular with buyers; only 37 were built. For 1959, the former two were renamed the Electra and the Electra 225 respectively, and the last was discontinued for being unsuccessful. The brake release handle was black instead of chrome, the seat material was slightly different, on the limited, notch-back diamond pattern seating. The Electra Limited, previously a luxurious trim option on the Custom models, was upgraded to full model status.