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1963 Buick Wildcat Sport Coupe

Having started its life as a Sports Coupe in the Invicta line-up in 1962, the sporty Wildcat received a promotion in 1963 to its own series. As well as the Sport Coupe you see here, the line-up also included a 4-door hardtop coupe, and convertible.

Invictor sales had been dropping and with the beginnings of the personal luxury car market off to a good start, it was a good moment to release a bucket seated car with special trim. The Wildcat had managed to kill off the Invicta except for the Station Wagon.

This was a plush but sporty Buick. Get behind the wheel of one of these and you know you have some power at your disposal. This particular Wildcat is a lovely example in Bronze Mist.

rear view of a 63 Buick Wildcat
rear view

Inside, the Wildcat enjoyed a deluxe steering wheel, all-vinyl interior, bucket seats and a center console (optional on the 4-door version). The padded dash was standard.

Interior / dash shot of a very nice 63 Buick Wildcat Sports Coupe
All-vinyl interior with bucket seats

Under the hood the Wildcat is powered by a 401 cubic inch “Wildcat 445” V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor outputting 325 horsepower. It was the biggest, most powerful engine Buick had available. The “445” refers to the maximum Torque output.

1963 Buick 401 cubic inch Wildcat 445 V8 engine
401 cubic inch “Wildcat 445”

This came standard with a Turbine Drive automatic transmission (as fitted to this car). A 4-speed manual transmission was an option at $32.

The original owner of this car also ordered it with power brakes ($43), power windows ($108), power steering ($108) and air conditioning ($430).

Buick sold a total of 12,185 Wildcat Sports Coupes for the 1963 model year at a base price of $3,849.

This ’63 Buick Wildcat is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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