1951 Buick Le Sabre

The Buick Le Sabre is a rear wheel drive motor vehicle, with its engine placed in the front, and a 2 door convertible/cabriolet body. Its engine is a supercharged petrol/alcohol, 3.5 litre, overhead valve 8 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. In this application it has an output of 335 bhp (340 PS/250 kW) of power at 5200 rpm, and maximum torque of 517 N·m (381 lb·ft/52.7 kgm) at 3650 rpm. Power is supplied to the wheels via a 4 speed automatic gearbox. The Buick Le Sabre weighs a stated 1723 kg at the kerb.


Buick Le Sabre -
Buick Le Sabre
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Key facts

1951 Buick Le Sabre information summary

What body style?
2 door convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
5128 mm
How heavy?
1723 kg
What size engine?
3.5 litre, 3523 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
340 PS / 335 bhp / 250 kW @ 5200 rpm
How much torque?
517 Nm / 381 ft.lb / 52.7 kgm @ 3650 rpm
1951 Buick Le Sabre data
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2921 mm 115 inches
Track/tread (front) 1473 mm 58 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1524 mm 60 inches
Length 5128 mm 201.9 inches
Width 2014 mm 79.3 inches
Height 1270 mm 50 inches
Ground clearance 152 mm 6 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.76
Kerb weight 1723 kg 3799 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 151.5 litres 33.3 UK Gal 40 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type supercharged petrol/alcohol
Engine manufacturer GM
Engine code
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 3.5 litre
3523 cc
(214.987 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 82.55 × 82.55 mm
3.25 × 3.25 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
340 PS (335 bhp) (250 kW)
at 5200 rpm
Specific output
95.1 bhp/litre
1.56 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
517 Nm (381 ft·lb) (52.7 kgm)
at 3650 rpm
Specific torque
146.75 Nm/litre
1.77 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 10:1
Fuel system 2 Bendix carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1844.1 kPa (267.5 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 440.38 cc
Aspiration S/Charged - Alternating methanol & petrol fuel
Compressor 1 Roots-type supercharger
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 197.13 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
144.99 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
194.43 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.09 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 6.9 kg/kW
11.52 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.DW.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.10
Carfolio.com ID86933
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 33.8
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1951 Buick Le Sabre added 2001-08-28.
Last modified 2013-02-28.