Tuesday, July 22, 2014

15k: LS1 All Things: 1965 Buick Wildcat 4-Door Sedan

 When first released to the public in 1962 the Wildcat name was used to identify an option package on the Buick Invicta line, but in 1963 the Wildcat became its own model.  The Wildcat was built on GM's full size B-platform which meant it shared key dimensions and parts with the Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala,  Pontiac Catalina, Pontiac Laurentian/Bonneville and Chevrolet Bel Air.  Stock power plants in 1965 included a few gigantic 7.0 and 7.5 liter V8s from the Buick catalog, but who wouldn't want a modern engine with more power and less weight?  Find this 1965 Buick Wildcat LS1 currently bidding for $16,900 buy-it-now or best offer in Atkins, IA via ebay.

This Wildcat looks great aside from riding on some ridonkulous rims, but that is an easily rectified offense.  The 4-door will never be as collectable as the 2-door or convertible, but it will offer much improved access to the back seat -- great for the family man/woman.

The LS1 looks great under the hood and is thankfully not covered with the tacky red Corvette valve covers that everyone seems to run, and instead uses paint matched Edelbrock covers.  The installation looks clean and I spy functioning AC and cruise control. 

The inside looks decent for a driver, not a perfect show car, but with the LS1 under the hood this would make a great daily driver, if you could afford the rear tire bills.  The builder used a 4160e automatic transmission which will make it more of a boulevard cruiser, but this is an 18 foot long body-on-frame American classic sedan, so its not you are going to buy it for SCCA Solo2 autocross use anyway.

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  1. After all this work, would you not get the bench seat re-covered?? Still a nice ride.

    1. how do you know it wasnt? even new seats tend to get wear when used.

  2. Because it is a more-door I would slap the stock wheels on it with tires that could handle the power.
    Airbags would be cool as well.

  3. Oh, my eyes!

    I hope those wheels do not hint at other stupid things done to the car...

  4. Put it on air ride with some reasonable wheels and this thing would be sweet! Maybe a mexican blanket or two to cover the dingy seats...

  5. Point of nitpickery: the blue covers on this LS1 are actually valve cover covers, which hide the actual valve covers and coil-near-plug ignition coils underneath. Same with the tacky red Corvette cover covers. The actual LS1 / Gen III valve covers are cast aluminum and not bad looking at all, if a bit plain.

    Stock LS1 valve cover

  6. Wow those wheels are HORENDOUS.

  7. i have a 1965 lesabre 80,000 runs good solid car needs restored whats it worth


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