Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10k: Claw For Grip: 1967 Buick Wildcat

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.   In the wild, most unrestored versions of the Wildcat are giant door-dinging monsters, something to be avoided in 21st century parking lots, but this one looks nice.  Find this 1967 Buick Wildcat offered for $8,500 in Brentwood, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The wildcat has a street presence that is unmatched by anything from Buick in the past 30 years.  It is long, low and wide, a monster in a sea of pavement -- even the name invokes a primal fear deep in your heart.  Wildcat.  If the GNX was Buick's performance dénouement, then the Wildcat was its climax, the point at which the protagonist meets his fate and lays down black stripes all over town.

Just look at the lines from the profile view, they just don't make em like that anymore.  Power for this Wildcat comes from a 430 cubic inch version of the Buick big block engine that fit between the smaller 400 ci and the big 455 ci.  Power was rated at 360 horsepower and 475 ft-lbs of torque when new and this seller claims the engine is original and has never been rebuilt.  He would know because he has owned the car since 1969.

See a better way to celebrate the iconic cars of yesteryear?


  1. Now that car is a statement!

  2. Wow. I never wanted a car like this until now.

  3. 1967 was definitely the year of majestically styled fastbacks. Many of them full size framed cars. It is interesting that competing Ford and GM hit the extreme fastback button the same year. There must have been a lot of spying going on since it takes several years to bring new designs to market! (BTW, I love fastbacks) Think of... 67 Galaxie, 67 LTD, 67 Mercury fastback, 67 Mustang, 67 Pontiac Bonneville, 67 Impala, 67 Olds, 67 Buick, and others

  4. Limited interior shots and no under hood shots... OUCH. But one caveat, he has owned it since 1969. That has to be the largest PLUS in the purchase of a sub 10K car. If I were on the left coast I would be headed toward the city on the bay.
    Beautiful, graceful car.

  5. That's a cool car at a good DT price.

    I do think it's longer than my garage, which is weird because my house was built when this car was only a few years old. Did people not park in the garage back then either? I thought turning your garage into junk storage was a recent phenomenon.

  6. easy comparison to the big Polara from the other day - substantially more win here - even the taillights are nearly as cool

  7. I love this color combination. Silver with black/red trim and gallons of chrome really work on this car. The incredibly delicate and smooth line of the rear pillars really works.
    Buick tried the same crease line on the side of the next year's '68 Skylark but the Skylark's much shorter overall length and wheelbase turned the gentle character lines of the '67 Wildcat into an exaggerated S that looked like an after thought.

    I've been trying to find a picture of a custom Wildcat that a guy in San Diego built years ago. He looked at that profile and added a 'bridge' with full controls. It looked like a cabin cruiser on wheels but really sold the idea of it being a land yacht. Sounds bizarre, but turned out to be a real crowd pleaser.

  8. DT and Jimmy Kerrick - (s)he says in the CL listing (s)he is the second owner since 1969. Still, regardless of long-term owner or flipper, I love it.


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