Cohort Pic(k) Of The Day: 1959 Buick Electra – Outback Edition

Photos from the Cohort by William Oliver.

It was back in 2000 when a close friend of mine living in LA asked me: “So Ric, what SUV would you like to buy?” This after he purchased a Lexus RX300. He was ecstatic about the vehicle.

I struggled with the question then, and I struggle with it now. What SUV-CUV kind of practical tall car would I purchase? I mean for, real?

When the question comes, my mind always goes blank…

And here, in these Cohort images, the answer had always been there. None of course! Why not grab an old mean-looking Detroit machine and give it the outback treatment?

Gosh, the possibilities are endless, aren’t they? This ’59 Buick serves the “angry appliance” look quite well, and just think, what about a ’61 Plymouth in wagon form? A raised ’61 Fury wagon, seen in a rearview mirror, would most likely be a frightful sight to the unsuspecting! What fun!

Of course, you may have trouble with the concept of ruining a classic in such a way. And that’s fine. And if you love CUVs and SUVs as they currently are, no problem by me. To each their own. But I’ll admit, this idea has gotten some gears running in my head. Next time I go to the local Marketplace in search of old metal, if a rusty 1970 Pontiac Catalina wagon appears, I’ll know what to do with it.