1964 Buick Wildcat
Beginning its life as a 1953 concept car the Wildcat from Buick was a full-sized sedan, hardtop, and convertible built from 1962 to 1070. The 1964 Buick Wildcat ended up being a huge success and doubled Wildcat sales for Buick compared to the previous year. Although it was little changed, the 1964 Buick Wildcat did include an extra body style, a few engine options, some styling tweaks, and a new four-speed manual transmission.
Initially, Wildcat was a sub-series of the Buick Invicta. This lasted for just 1962 and in the next year the Wildcat came into its own and got its very own nameplate. The 1962 Invicta Wildcat took the former and married it to a higher-performance engine, a 7.0-liter V8 known as the Wildcat 445. Bucket seats, different taillights, a center console with tachometer, and a Dynaflow transmission separated the Wildcat subseries from the Invicta.
As a member of a series in its own right, the 1964 Buick Wildcat grew slightly in length compared to the original 1962 model. It acquired a stylish, horizontal bar grille at the front, a lower body molding, and three fake air vents. Performance-wise, the car was little changed, although it did include a new transmission and a choice of engines. Buyers could get the optional 425-cubic inch V8 with either a 340- or 360-horsepower rating. These were called the Wildcat 465, which referred to the torque on the former, and the Super Wildcat.
The 1964 Buick Wildcat came in a choice of body types, including a new pillared, four-door sedan. As in previous years, the favorite was the four-door hardtop sedan, but the new one was a major contributor. The two-door convertible was the toughest for Buick to move and rarely sold more than a few thousand. Overall, the 1964 Buick Wildcat sold more than 84,000 units, and was a huge hit for the brand.