1959 Buick Spring Accent Paint Scheme

One of the 1959 Buick options was a special paint treatment they called “Spring Accent”.  This was a two-tone paint scheme that had the hood and trunk painted different colors as well as the sides being different colors with the split occurring at the side moldings.   All cars built in the U.S. used white as the primary or “hood” color (which was also the color of the engine bay and trunk interior), but Canadian built cars could be ordered with any color as primary.

I’d been planning all along to repaint the car all white, just as it came from the factory.  A picture of a Spring Accent 59 Buick on Jay Leno’s website, and a couple more that were sent to me, had me second guessing my plan. In my eyes all white seemed classier, but the red/white spring accent theme seemed more vibrant. Below is a picture of my car in all white, followed by some painted in Buick’s Spring Accent red and white colors, the last picture shows the Canadian reversed color scheme (red as primary).

After thinking about it, while I really like the Spring Accent theme, in my eyes it just seems to loose something on a convertible, especially from the rear. I don’t know if it’s the red/white combo, or just the different colors on the hood and trunk that don’t look quite right when the top is down.  The car will remain all Arctic White…

~ Tom Sidoti
1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible

3 Responses to “1959 Buick Spring Accent Paint Scheme”

  1. Bob Webb says:

    Hi Tom,

    U requested I check explaination of 3-T transmision as listed above in 1959 Buick Facts BooK? Unfortunately, the book is off a bit (from GM?) as it states pg. 2-par. 1 “oil leaving first turbine enters fixed stator” this is incorrect and applies to Twin-Turbine only. Triple-Turbine 5-element convertor consists of pump-three turbines – one infinately variable stator. Twin-Turbine 5-element convertor had pump – 1st geared turbine – fixed stator redirecting oil into second (direct) turbine and two-position variable stator. 1st turbine in 3-T had slight angle to blades like the 1st turbine in the 1953 Dynaflow (4-element) and needed no secondary fixed stator. 1956 Twin had new 1st turbine design with high angle blades, hense use of addiional stator between the turbines to change the direction of oil leaving T-1 so it would not oppose forward direction of T-2. I know this may cause confusion (213-280-7537 cell) if U need more.

  2. bob says:

    I bought ordered and owned the 1959 buick electra 225 convertible back in 1959. It is supposed to be all red or all white. My car was all red all over with white top.. I still have pictures of it. I wish I could find one in Hawaii where I am retired.

  3. Art says:

    In the very early seventies I purchased a 1959 Buick Electra 225 4 door. It was all white with the nicest baby blue interior still covered in factory plastic and let me tell you hat till today the most beautiful car I have ever seen with every power option avail.
    Here’s the best part. I purchased the car from a retired Dr. and his lovely wife for $250.00 and drove it for the next 6 years only having to put fuel into her.
    The good Dr. Had told me his story…he saw the car at the car show at the Jubilee Auditorium in 59 and it was rotating on a turnstile display from the dealership. He told of how he and his wife fell in love with the car and purchased it. I and my then wife were so very proud to own the car as it had been maintained as only a Dr. Would…not a dent out or a tear in! What I remember most were the looks my wife and I got as we drove away from the movie theater after the opening night of the movie American Grafitti.
    I have never missed a vehicle as much as that Buick since and sadly all pictures were lost in a fire years ago.
    The reality of what happened to the car is another story entirely…sad as it can be. I truly believe that other than events out of my control, the car would still Proudly be in our possession !

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