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.

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