Buick’s biggest, baddest V8, a 455 cubic inch mill, looks right at home in the LeSabre’s cavernous engine bay. Obviously detailed to look great when the hood is open, the big block also has a definite OEM vibe to it, from the modest twin-snorkel air cleaner to the stock Dante Red paint on the valve covers. Someone spent the time to get the wiring and plumbing nice and neat, and almost every component was either painted, polished, or plated to look great, even under scrutiny. It starts easily and moves the big car with the kind of torque that you need a big block to deliver, and yet its road manners are sublime and confidence-inspiring. Front and rear suspensions are stock and it carries power steering and 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, so it’s easy to drive despite its size. A Flowmaster exhaust system sounds menacing and there’s no denying that 22-inch chrome hoops with 255/30/22 front and 265/35/22 rear tires make a dramatic statement.

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