WHY RESTOMOD A BUICK? WHY NOT?
Bob Lambiase, Jr of Rochester, NY was a lifelong car guy, particularly Pontiacs. He’s owned a GTO, a Trans Am and a Grand Prix in the past. However, there was this little Buick with a for sale sign on it in the front yard of a house he passed by several times a week.
The owner had passed away and the family was trying to sell it. However, they were asking more money than it was worth. “While the car had never seen winter, time was not kind to it,” Bob explains, “I told the family that he’d honor the car and not cut it up or turn it into a low-rider.”
The 1977 Buick Electra Limited two-door was a low volume model that year, making up only about 18% of total production. “How many do you see? Not a lot. So why not restomod it and make something cool?” Bob began a 2-year body-on restoration that saw the addition of bucket seats and center console with floor shift for the Turbo 400 automatic. He rebuilt the Olds 403 under the hood and wanted to add dual exhaust. “I couldn’t find duals for the Buick anywhere, so I added a second set of passenger side pipes to fashion it myself.”
Gas shocks, rear sway bar and some chrome American Racing wheels round out the restomod touches to this unique limited edition Buick.