1967 Buick Wildcat

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1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
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1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
     
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
     
     
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
     
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
     
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
     
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible For Sale
     
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1967 Buick Wildcat Convertible
For Sale By Owner
~This Vehicle Is No Longer Available On This Site~
 
This absolutely gorgeous '67 Wildcat has lived all its life in Arizona and Florida. Completely rust free! This beauty is all original with tons of original documentation. It has the original 430 Nailhead motor and transmission. It currently has dual 4 barrel carbs but we have the original carb, intake and air cleaner. The top has been replaced as well as the rear seat reupholstered. She has been repainted once. She also has an aftermarket air conditioner and AM/FM/CD. Offered for $17,000.00.

 
WILDCAT!
Overshadowed by the GS and Riviera models,
Buick's Wildcat was an example of luxomuscle at it best
By: Frank Pogoda For Musclecars
Starting it high-performance reputation with monickers like the Banker's Hot Rod and the Genleman's Supercar, Buick's muscle was never just lean and mean. this reputation, plus Buick's relatively late entry into the high-erfromance craze of the '60s, has meant that Buicks are sometimes overlooked as able contenders in musclemania. Among the most overshadowed of all Buicks was a hulking, 4,800 pound car that with just a little tweaking could pounce through a quarter in under 15 ticks: the Wildcat.
To be sure, the Wildcat was a sleeper. It was never marketed as a pure supercar, in the manner of the GS-400, 455 and GSX. But with such power plants as Buick's 430-cubic inch V8, producing 360 HP at 5000 rpm, this overweight feline caught its prey at 84.5 mph-terminal quarters and passed them with top speeds well over 140 mph. It also offered the creature comforts and stylish lines that were Buick's trademark, including four-door, two-door and convertible models.
In 1967, the year our our featured Wildcat, Buick also offered theWildcat Custom Series 46600, with a custom interior, plusher materials, paddle-type arm rests and custom headlining. The $3,757 tag for a loaded '67 Wildcat gave John Q. American comfort, style and performance at a decent price. But 1967 was a particularly good year for the Wildcat line---a line that was not always chic.
Truth be told, the Wildcat's Buick heritage is of dubious distinction. Originally part of the Invicta series in '62, it became an independent series in '63, though it was still just a bastardized Invicta with a face-lift. It featured a new grille design, with brushed stainless steel moldings extending down the sides from the headlight to the middle of the front door. Only 35,725 were built in '63, making its birth rather inauspicious. The public, however, saw something it liked in the Wildcat.
In 1964, a 425-block, 360 HP option was available, known as the Super Wildcat. However most Wildcats still left the showroom with the standard 401 on its 123" wheelbase. In '65, the Wildcat was remodeled again, taking a fashion cue from the highly successful Riviera. The line was increased to 10 models. Thanks primarily to the success of the riviera, the folks from Flint were able to crank out 653,838 cars that year, to capture fifth place in the industry.
The '66 Wildcat was available in a Gran Sport version, with a 340 HP option and a special ride-and-handling package. It was marketed as "The tuned car: for young people of all ages." But it was in 1967 that the Buick folks broke new ground, with the introduction of their new V8 engine. The former Skylark Gran Sport became the GS-400 and took the 400 ci version. The Wildcat, Electra and Riviera received the larger 430 ci, 360 HP (at 5000 rpm) engine. The new power plant cost Buick over $50 million dollars in retooling and featured a domed chamber --- which Buick engineers called the "slanted saucer." Its ports had much greater cross-sectional area than its predecessor. This not only allowed for more breathing flexibility, it also produced a lower surface-area/displacement-volume ratio that the conventional wedge chamber.
Intake valves were beefed up from 1.87 in '66 to 2.00 in '67, and exhaust valves from 1.50 to 1.63. The '67 engine could handle speeds up to 5200 rpm, up from 4400 in '66. Its long 3.64-inch stroke was vital for the low speed torque necessary to move a tankard such as this from idle. More power and fuel economy were the result --- to the delight of new Buick owners. The '67 Wildcat also features the optional Buick Electro-Cruise speed control, in which a pointer on the speedometer locked in the vehicle's speed. The car's only negative quality, in fact, was its road handling, which suffered due to the engineering emphasis on ride quality. But 70,881 new Wildcat owners overlooked this, helping Buick recapture fifth place from Olds.
We met one proud '67 Wildcat owner at theGran Sport Nationals this summer: Larry Simek from Bossier City, Louisiana. Larry received a '64 'Cat' from his parents when he was a teenager, and he remembers whipping everything in town --- Camaros, Chargers, GTO's. "it was a little slow off this line," admits Simek, "but onece it got going it was a performer." He fixed up a '67 four-door for shows, but was informed that a two-door Sport Coupe would do better. His search for that two-door took him to the deserts of California, where he picked one up for a whopping $200. With an $8,400 additional plunge, Simek's bone-stock Wildcat received a first-rate exterior job, courtesy of R&R Restorations, and an engine overhaul performed by Bob Hartline of Custom Engine builders in Shreveport.
As is becoming more popular with collectors of muscle, Simek wanted to flex his Wildcat at the strip and view his competition through the rear-view mirror. To this end, his Wildcat was modified with a factory Stage 1 cam, a factory "switch pitch" Super Turbine 400 (which was modified with a TCI low-gear kit) and a factory 3.42 posi. The result: Simek has his 'Cat turning quarter lights at 14.3 to 14.5 seconds --- on skinny H78-15 Goodyear four-plies! Imagine the embarrassment of his supercar competitors, getting scorched by a car half a ton heavier!
Simek's claim that the Wildcat was the strongest of the Buicks in 1967 is bold. But, according to Car Life, the Wildcat was almost a second quicker than a '68 Riviera, a car 170 pounds lighter and with 11 percent less axle ratio (a distinct acceleration advantage). In '67, Car Life registered a 14.91 with a 91-mph terminal in a '67 GS-400 with 2.93 gears and a 15.12 quarter at 94-mph terminal in a '67 Riviera, both benefiting from the new Buick mill. Aside from the comparable '67 Pontiac 2+2 Catalina (which notched a 15.6 for Car Life at a lower weight), there were virtually no other American cars in this weight division that could run with the Wildcat.
Simek points to the unparalleled ride comfort afforded by his Wildcat compared with other muscle. "I woulden't even trade it for a Hemi 'Cuda, Simek asserts. Strong words from the owner of a strong car.