When it comes to owning a custom car, a lot of people are interested in the story, the history of the car and where it’s been. And sometimes the reality is crazier than the fiction. We met up with one owner who decided to track down the back story of his 1968 Buick LeSabre and couldn’t believe what he found out. Do you believe his story? There’s only one way to find out…
A bit about the car
Produced between 1959 and 2005, the LeSabre is often considered as cheapest model within the Buick line-up. The 1965 model was restyled to feature a more rounded body. The two-door hardtop now had a semi-fastback style roof. The 1968 model received only minor exterior modifications including a new grille and taillights. It also featured new concealed windscreen wipers.
The interior also received a makeover in the ’85 model with a redesigned instrument panel which had a square speedometer – as opposed to the previous round dial – and minor trim revisions.
The engine was a V8, displaced 350 cubic inches and produced around 230 horsepower.
Getting back to the crazy story I mentioned earlier…
The history behind this particular 1968 Buick LeSabre
The car we’re featuring today was bought online via eBay from a seller in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Named Hank, the transition during the buying process went smoothly and it wasn’t until a friend noticed the subtly stenciled symbols on the car did the owner decide to find out its history.
The car had originally belonged to a crystal meth dealer who had used the car as his daily driver and brazenly driven about Albuquerque with his drugs. Known locally as Heisenberg, he dealt with the Mexican Cartel and you won’t be surprised to learn that there was a falling out. The skulls and other symbols were painted onto the car as a warning to the superstitious Mexicans in the hope that they would stay away.
The car was found abandoned on the outskirts of the town, with $300,000 worth of crystal meth and a large sum of money in the trunk. The car was taken in as part of the missing person’s case in the early naughties before being sold to the previous owner as part of a Police auction.
Heisenberg was never seen again. Did the Cartel get to him or did he fake his own disappearance?
The weird bit?
You may have heard of the hit show Breaking Bad? Well then, you’re likely to know that the main character is called Heisenberg.
And if that wasn’t weird enough, the previous owner was actually a stunt double for the show! Now there are too many coincidences there for me to be comfortable.
What do you think? A great story, or a little overboard? What’s the history behind your custom car?