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YAK Car Pic of the Day

'76 Buick LeSabre, Grand Island, N.Y.

Yesterday we featured one of the smallest cars you’ll ever see on the roads of WNY. Today, direct from the Disco Era, a classic land yacht: the 1976 Buick LeSabre Custom Coupe, photographed one day not that long ago in front of a Grand Island repair shop. Those were the days when you took the car home before buying it to make sure it fit in the garage. Pity the fool learning to parallel park in this thing!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Max

    It’s amazing that GM would produce a lumbering hulk like this a mere 3 years following the 1973 Arab oil embargo which accelerated the exodus of the American car buyers to the fuel-efficient Japanese imports. It’s even more amazing is that while introducing gas stingy machines, they continued to push the large cars in the short-sighted pursuit of greater margins.Of course, GM wasn’t the only US manufacturer to do so but by doing so, they lost market share to an entire generation of buyers.

  • Joseph Coppola

    I should have done that when I bought my 2010 F 150. It’s about 3 inches longer than my garage. Oppps.

  • Eric P.

    On a price-per-pound basis, may of the larger cars were cheaper than bologna.  They also tended to have a few more features than bologna.

  • Greg Taylor

    The irony is that these land yachts didn’t do too bad on the highway, fuel economy wise.  I owned a 1977 Buick Regal with a 350 v8 (a hand me down from my folks, who bought it new at Bartlett Buick) and averaged over 20 mpg on the highway.   The front wheel drive versions of the LeSabres with the 3.8L v6 will reach up to 30 mpg on the highway.  True, not as efficient as today’s 1.4L turbo charged 4cyl that GM is producing, but not bad.