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1960 Buick Electra Ambulance Flxible Premier [4730]

1960 Buick Electra Ambulance [4730] in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Movie, 1963 IMDB

Class: Cars, Ambulance — Model origin: US

1960 Buick Electra Ambulance Flxible Premier [4730]

[*] Background vehicle

Owner of this vehicle: 60buick

Comments about this vehicle


Firebird86 US

2006-10-21 06:44

1960 Buick, I think its a LeSabre, but Im not sure.

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ahight US

2006-10-21 07:22

i'd agree with the LeSabre: http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Buick/buick1960-1970.html

junkman UK

2006-11-16 14:34

It's a Miller Ambulance.

philr CA

2007-01-09 11:35

junkman wrote It's a Miller Ambulance.

It's made by Flxible, not Miller

It's a long wheelbase Flxible "Premier" ambulance based on a 1960 Electra, not a LeSabre. There were just 86 of these built!


Animatronixx DE

2008-01-07 17:27

Correct: Flxible Premier. Miller had already been married to its partner Meteor in 1957 and the children they gave birth to didnt carry the Buick emblem.

58Roadmaster US

2008-02-17 22:15

If it is based on the Electra, should we change it here in the title to this page? Then it would be model 4730 for a stripped chassis.

60buick US

2009-03-04 05:07

I own this particular car. I am a 1960 Buick car collector and have 4 of the ultra rare Flxible built 1960 Buicks. Two Premier limo style hearses and 1 Flxette Landau Hearse and the Premier Ambulance. To date only 13 1960 Professional cars are known to exist. The Ambulance is one of two. The car is a 1960 Buick Flxible Premier Ambulance model FB63-60. Flxible built 86 Premiers in 1960 and less than half are believed to have been built as ambulances most being hearses and combos. This car was originaly owned by Snyder Ambulance & Oxygen Service, they were a Flxible dealer and sold medical supplies/sick rooms at the time. They were based in Van Nuys California and had 9 locations. The car did not sell right away, she was fully loaded (expensive) and wore a very odd color combination. She stickered for close to 10,000 dollars when the average car cost 3,000 and most ambulances were prefered in red or white not Casino Cream (yellow) and Bronze Metalic. The car was pressed into service in 1960 at Snyders Studio City Hollywood location. The car was requested. A red ambulance was not wanted because they looked black on TV and the white ambulances were rather plainy optioned. My car has the 5" round California style lights, a Federal Beacon, Fender mount siren, white wall tires and deluxe hubcaps and two tone paint. She was on set for movies and TV shows incase the unthinkable happened. She appeared in an episode of The Twilight zone (nightmare at 20,000 feet), The Fugative, Its a Mad mad mad world and I'm sure there are more but I have not seen them. There is no telling who rode in the car. Anyone that got hurt on set, my car was what got them to the Hospital. The car was in service from 1960 to 1974 and served Studio City the whole time rarely taking a break. The car was barely driven just an extra prop for the most part. The car was repainted as you see it here 1969 due to upcoming regulations requiring an ambulance's color being Ohmaha Orange. Harry had all of the 60's painted and no two were the same but all were Orange and White or just White. My car got the flashiest paint of all. The car was retired in 74 and moved to Van Nuys where they were stored and a few years later all the 1960 Flxibles were put up for sale. This was after the DOT introduced the Ambulance standards so no one wanted the cars for service and all were crushed except this one which was sold pretty cheap to a crane operator in Southern California and Harry Snyder retained another one for personal use. The car Harry retained was sold and seen in Arizona 20 years ago and has never been seen again. I have heard it was destroyed. This one was dismantled and sold to a collector in castro valley who owns 57 1960 Buicks! I bought it from him and have been restoring it for several years.

Intersting Fact.....The car James dean was hauled away from the carsh site in was a Snyder Ambulance a 1952 Flxible to be exact. I have seen pictures of my lady sitting next to James Deans final fast ride.

The car today.

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60buick US

2009-03-04 06:04

To answer the question, the Flxible car was built off an Electra Stripped Chassis. It was a Lesabre 2 door sedan body of any color put on a complete Electra drivetrain with black front end sheetmetal. It was an incomplete car with no interior other than a grey dash, steering wheel and front seat. There was no glass other than the windshield and there was no decklid.

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tripower_pontiac2000 US

2010-03-26 03:20

i have read your story about your 60 buicks i was wondering if you could tell me more about maybe who all bought these cars around the country how could you tell the difference in the ambulance or a hearse what options where avaliable or maybe a copy of the factory records or where I may find this info thanks for your time

tv boy US

2013-03-31 06:41

Same vehicle:


jazzfi US

2014-02-15 18:31

I always believed that the 1960 Buick ambulance shown toward the end of "The Fugitive" episode "Wife Killer" that hauls away the one-armed man, was an Electra because of the 4 portholes (emblems).. The 1960 Buick makes a great ambulance, you can't miss with those body lines!

Buc84 US

2016-10-01 18:39

There is another one of these cars that stays parked in front of a 24 Hr Emergency Clinic,in Lewisville,Texas.(Just East of Sam Rayburn Tollway & Josey/Colony Main,stays parked by the Service Rd/Target Shopping Center entrance) Red & White,a restored car,very nice? Gets moved,so it must run?? If I get a chance sometimes,I'll try to get where this car was 'from',("????" Fire Dept is all I recall right now??) it I think either had it's original markings redone,or it has a thing on the window telling this car's history??

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