For over 30 years, the Buick Electra was always the mid-market manufacturer's full-size vehicle built on the C-body platform. Over the course of its life, Buick Electra parts were often shared with the Oldsmobile 98 and some Cadillac models. This helped GM save money on production costs. The first generation built in 1959 was a very sleekly designed, almost 20ft. car with huge fins on the fenders and quarter panels. Styling cues from GM would very subtly redesign the Electra to reduce its flare with more controlled body lines. The engines offered were always Buick's largest, making the car an unapologetic gasoline consumer. But given the power these engines could muster and the size of the car, they would survive almost any accident one could think of - save driving off a cliff. The last generation was built from 1985-90 was drastically smaller than any previous model and did not include any optional V8 engine. It was still full of premium features if you bought the Park Avenue Ultra trim, and sold very well. The Park Avenue took its place at the top of the Buick line in 1991. Fun fact: the first generation Electra 225 got its name from the vehicles overall length, 225in.