1966 Buick Wildcat Coupe
If you were to ask any of us here at Classic Auto Mall which car in our showroom is the biggest bang for the buck, more than a few of us would say this 1966 Buick Wildcat. It's one of those special GM cars with unique features, and it's a 2-door! It is just a fantastic piece of luxury muscle with all the right things coming together and creating an awesome automobile.
This 1966 Buick Wildcat Has been repainted but is otherwise in original condition. Showing some of its age in the various patinas that exist inside the engine compartment, as well as the underside, it runs smoothly, starts up immediately, and purrs like a kitten!
There were few more stylish vehicles on the road than the Buick Wildcat in 1966, with Buick's trademark sweeping body lines and chiseled good looks. Thanks to a high-quality repaint in metallic turquoise, it looks spectacular with a sophisticated air to it that only a Buick could wear. It's a two-stage urethane, so the shine is deep and clear and thanks to expert care since it was done, it shows only a few signs of use. Buick was big on drama, so there's a deeply recessed grille, cool gills on the front fenders, and a surprisingly sleek roofline that you wouldn't expect on a full-size coupe. The chrome and stainless trim is original and sure, there's a little patina to it, but there's no part that stands out as too nice or too shabby to be on this car and since it's original, you know it's crisp and authentic.
The black vinyl interior is stock and it's an awesome contrast to the bright turquoise paint and it's all-day comfortable. That's the original split bench seat wearing showroom condition black vinyl, as well as the door panels that's match. The carpets and headliner are factory original through and through and nothing jumps out as too new or too old. The wide dash has lots of jewelry, including a nice band of bright metal trim to give the Wildcat a sophisticated air. And if it's road trips you enjoy, then the massive back seat and trunk will be assets, with the trunk carrying black vinyl that looks clean and tidy.
Buick's 401ci V8 was renowned for massive torque production, and this one shows all original. A factory air cleaner shows decal advertising 'Wildcat 445' which, in Buick tradition, is the torque figure, not the horsepower or cubic inches. A 4-barrel carburetor lives underneath, so power delivery is snappy, even for a larger coupe. Correct turquoise paint makes the engine original and with power steering and power brakes, this car feels luxurious and effortless in everything it does. The transmission is a TH400 3-speed automatic, which by 1966 had superseded the venerable Dynaflow, and it powers a set of 3.00 gears out back, making this a great highway cruiser that just loafs along with the big block barely breaking a sweat. The dual throaty exhaust growls along happily at any speed and original wheels and hubcaps are wrapped in right-sized 15-inch whitewall radials.
A fine example of luxurious motoring topped with a heaping dose of muscle, this Wildcat is certainly not a cream puff, but it is a really nice original. A test drive will reveal the real power, and show that there is plenty of life left in this classic cat....MEEEEEOOOOW!