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The 1961 Buick Flamingo Was As Stylish As It Was Original

The Fabulous Pink 1961 Buick Flamingo Is True Proof That They Don’t “Make ‘Em Like They Used To”

Imagine a car where you could swivel and face the back seat, while also looking like the coolest cat on the road. That’s the 1961 Buick Flamingo for you, complete with a 180-degree swivel chair on the passenger seat, and a colour you can’t mistake on the road.

Originally debuted in 1949 at the General Motors travelling auto show Motorama, the Flamingo was actually based on a production Electra 225 convertible. There were, however, many modifications to the Flamingo. For starters, it was an electric, flamingo pink.

There were also custom paint changes made to this model which the car world was just introducing in the early ’60s. For example,  trick pigments, toners, pearls and metal flakes made the paint stand out amongst the rest.

Needless to say, when the refined and updated Buick Flamingo made its entrance at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York for the 1961 Motorama, it caused quite the stir.

It Had A Stylish & Gorgeous Interior To Match The Sleek Paint Job

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One of the main attractions of the Flamingo was the full-house, customized interior. The inside of the car included two-tone upholstery in pink leather with cranberry accents. The wide console had bright metal trim, and ran the full length of the two bucket seats. The shift lever for the Turbine Drive automatic transmission, however, remained on the steering column.

They relocated the clock from the top of the dash to the console riser. The problem with this, of course, was that it could have easily been mistaken for a tachometer.

The interior was both ingenue and beautiful, and added so much to the 1961 Buick Flamingo, making it one of the most stylish and unique cars in the 60s.

And Don’t Forget That Swivel Seat!

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The most novel addition to the 1961 Buick Flamingo was the pivoting passenger seat.

You could turn 180 degrees to face the rear passenger seats; people have guessed that this was for tailgate parties and mothers (who of course rode shotgun in those days) to turn around and talk to the kids in the backseat.

Was The Flamingo Ever Commercially Available?

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One of the most exciting classic cars to be born in the ’60s, the Flamingo was significant as the first Buick in the final entry of the Motorama. Because of this, it helped to boost automobile sales, while also drawing attention to the latest car models. Further, it brought millions of people (especially car lovers) together.

However, was the Flamingo ever available for purchase? No, it wasn’t. The car was never a production car, but rather was produced by the Buick design studio as their “show car” for the 1961 auto show circuit.

However, the Electra, upon which the Flamingo was based, was available for sale and was, in fact, quite popular in that era.

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