Revisiting the Buick Wildcat
When we talk about Buick classic cars, one of the names that comes to mind instantly is the “Wildcat”. The name has been used by the brand for five concept vehicles. Three came out in the early 50s, one in the mid-80s and the last in the late 90s. Let’s look at the Buick Wildcat which was introduced between the years 1963-1970.
Before 1963, the Wildcat was a subseries of the Invicta, but during these three years, it was on its own. The car was sleek and stylish with large aluminum trim panels on the sides. It could compete well with the Oldsmobile Starfire by GM. The 1964 model of this car had chrome hash marks that were vertically situated on the lower front quarter panel behind the front wheel housings. Unlike other Buicks, it did not have the traditional horizontal VentiPorts.
Once the Wildcat was its own series, it added a convertible and four door hardtop sedan to its collection in addition to the two door hardtop coupe which came out in 1962. A bench seat was standard in the four door version of the car but the bucket seat and console interior were optional.
A pillared four door sedan also made its way to the line of Wildcat in 1964, which was available in two trim levels, standard and custom. Only for 1965, a midline Deluxe sub-series was also added. The base and custom trims again became sole options from 1966 to 1969.
With the Wildcat, the Buick maintained its position as an affordable luxury car manufacturer whose cars are prominent for their ride and handling. At one point, Buick was ranked third in the car industry behind leaders such as Ford and Chevrolet. The Wildcat still remains one of the most notable cars the company has manufactured that are known for its styling and performance.