Hooniverse Mad Men Weekend – Don Draper's Buick Convertible, and One You Can Own!

Continuing on with the Mad Men Weekend, and continuing on with the central character of the series, Don Draper. Draper seems a little uncomfortable with the 1962 Cadillac he bought in later episodes, but he didn’t seem all that uncomfortable with the Buick Convertible we saw him driving in when the series first took to the air. This was a flamboyant car, just right for an up and coming executive in the Advertising industry, and there is an equally flamboyant 1959 Buick Convertible that you can make your own…

Convertibles were a different breed in the 1950s and 1960s — retractable roofs were found on huge, stout Buicks, Chryslers Cadillacs and Lincolns, offering an option for open-air driving without losing the luxury and presence of these machines. The Buick LeSabre (some say it was actually an Invicta) driven by “Mad Men” protagonist Don Draper is a holdover of late ’50s style. It was both bulbous and finned, carrying all the styling excesses of the 50’s, yet it carried less “jewelry” and was more restrained than any Buick before 1960. It has since become one of the period’s more revered classic cars, like this one….

This is a 1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible that has just come out of hibernation. According to the listing:

1960 Buick LeSabre convertible, just out of a lengthy museum stay, with new brakes and a rehabilitated fuel system. The body is straight and solid, with striking red paint, and complimenting original interior. The 364 V8 performs well, enhanced by automatic transmission, power steering and brakes.

Offered by the Goldenrod Garage in Freeport Maine, with an asking price of $29,500. This is an impressive cruiser, and you can live your dream of driving around in the style of Draper, but is the price too high? See the listing here.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    Out of all the 1959-1960 GM finned fantasies, the 1960 Buick is perhaps my favorite, with the '60 Pontiac and '60 Cadillac close behind. This is a nice update of the '59 Buick design with interesting new side sculpturing and the fins de-emphasized a bit. Also, odd '59 details like the canted headlights and drawer-pull grille were done away with. 1960 also brought back the ventiports. Everyone rags on the fake stick-on ports that so many cars wear today (with good reason), but this is a car that can legitimately wear them!
    The price on this one isn't cheap, but if the car is in excellent condition in and out, it's not a ripoff either.

  2. $kaycog Avatar

    I think the '60 Buick is very stylish, and I like it very much. The Go'Go's used one in their video "Our Lips Are Sealed". [youtube r3kQlzOi27M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3kQlzOi27M youtube]

  3. Buickboy92 Avatar

    What a beauty! But please tell me, what's the difference between the Invicta and LeSabre?

    1. $kaycog Avatar

      The LeSabre had 364 c.i. engine, and the Invicta had 401 c.i. The Invicta came equipped with standard features found in the Buick LeSabre plus Turbine Drive transmission, electric clock, automatic trunk light, deluxe steering wheel, license plate frame and deluxe wheel covers. I guess you could say the Invicta is a step above the LeSabre.

    2. Jim Brennan Avatar
      Jim Brennan


  4. LTDScott Avatar

    I helped my high school auto shop teacher dismantle a '59 Buick Sedan for parts in aid of restoring a '59 Electra convertible. So much metal EVERYWHERE. Nearly everything you could see in the interior is metal. I remember that having quite an impact on me back then, or actually, I was thinking you'd make quite an impact on it in the event of an accident. Gigantic boat of a car. Very cool.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      There might have been lots of metal in the '59 but it wouldn't have protected you. It's the same structure as this '59 Chevy. [youtube 1_ptUrQOMPs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_ptUrQOMPs youtube]

  5. bzr Avatar

    Plus, Draper gets credit for buying his Buick in brown.

  6. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    I never liked the look of that Buick. It reminded me too much of the style of eyeglasses my aunts wore. But it did more accurately reflect Draper's social position and place in his firm's hierarchy. The Buick is for the guy on his way up, while the Caddy is for the guy who's arrived. And the Buick better fits Draper's secret up form the working class backstory.
    It's worth noting that the car does look pretty good with the top up, though better with it down.