Design Notes Lite: 1992 Buick LeSabre
Below is the model by Mr. Porter that was competing with the previous model.
This front end looks a lot more familiar. Beside the fact there are still zillions of these on the roads (that number may be off a tad), this picture should make clear which designer’s work won out.
Apart from a subtly-different front bumper cover (e.g., trim and missing guards) and different rub strips that run the length of the car, there’s not a whole lot of variation here.
Until you see the back.
As you can see, this rendition is not lacking association either. Intentional or not, the rear bears a striking resemblance to that of the brand’s 1988 Regal sedan.
That apparently was not the association Buick ultimately wanted for this car.
To the right is a picture of the rear of a production 1992 Buick LeSabre. It resembles the Park Avenue, not the Regal.
I consider that unfortunate since, as with the last rendition, I like it better than the production version. To me, the rear of the production car always looked a little scrunched. Nevertheless, it was unique and not unattractive.
Even after most of the design was locked in, Buick was still fiddling with some of the details, like the grille, shown left.
This egg-crate style looks Cadillac-ish to my eye. I actually like it better than Buick’s traditional waterfall treatment but I could see why there would be objections.
Below is a picture of a production 1992 Buick LeSabre Limited. My parents actually own a 1996 as a secondary vehicle. Funny thing is, it winds up being used as the primary vehicle more times than not. It’s a good car. It’s reliable and comfortable, still gets surprisingly good mileage, and is a decent-looking design.
I hope you enjoyed this brief look into some of the history behind the 1992 Buick LeSabre’s design. Be sure to check out the photo gallery.
Imagery credit: General Motors Company; San-Ei Shobo Publishing
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