1964 Buick Wildcat Sedan
1964 Buick Wildcat Sedan
The kitsch suburban family life we know, at its inception, was earnest. A dream of perfect living for the perfect family. White picket fences and lawn furniture. Ironed collars and boxed planters, stitched along the seams of the garden. A 60's American idealism, pulling a polka dot skater dress over a post-war malaise. Stay-at-home mums making dinner, dads in suits working in offices, and the kids and the dog play out back. A facade of perfect, idyllic comfort. Bring on the Buick!
Enter this 1964 quintessential suburbia working office man cruiser, the Buick Wildcat, from 1964. With its sleek thin front and back, and the squared off roofline and staunch windows, along with plenty of horizontal ribbed trimmings, it bleeds conservatism. This car begs for a felt Stetson with a tweed band and some side feathers, and a thin necktie. Beautiful patterned stitched broadcloth in contrasting blue, gives this 4 door sedan plenty of class, whether it's the commute and from work, or out for a Sunday drive…remember those?''
Straight rust free steel panels cover this side slabbed car with the thin boxy design line. Paint is crazed and cracked, and suffers from various staining from sap, and bird droppings throughout. There are a few areas of repair, which can be seen in the photographs. Trim remains nice and bright from the front V grille with triple shield badge in the center, and pristine bumper below. Dual headlights flank on either side. Chrome trimmings (mirrors, window surrounds and badging) remains clean and shiny throughout. Nice horizontal ribbed chromed and black trim spears (a trio on the front quarters) and a long above the rocker trim adorn both sides adding highlight to the large black steel slabs. The back of the car is the spacious trunk, long and lean, and more horizontal ribs with another 3 shield Buick badge. Cornered curved taillights follow the lead of the lower bumper and melt into the rear quarters. Turbine style wheel covers are on all 4 corners.
Seeing the world through blue tinted glass, a blue interior awaits the potential driver. Blue textured vinyl for the door panels, and chromed trim strips and levers and cranks present nicely. Inside wide dual broadcloth with stitched pattern inserts complete with buttons, and smooth blue vinyl bolsters stretch from door to door. 4 doors allow for easy access for all passengers. The original dash, radio delete, fronts the long chairs, and has a nicely silver painted molded plastic dual round gauge cluster with a central clock, and turn signal and high beam indicator lights. A row of various buttons and knobs is below, and just under the overhanging padded dash top, are 1960's Jetson styled fan, temp and airflow levers which slide under the dash. Blue carpet floods the floors, and a light blue clean vented vinyl headliner is tight above.
A 401ci Nailhead V8 is under the hood and is unrestored. Presenting in its original aqua block and valve covered form, it has a nice patina of age overall. Hoses are new, as well as belts, and overall engine bay has some dust but no rust. On top is a Carter 4-barrel carburetor to feed the 401 cubes. On back is a 3 speed Dynaflow 3-speed transmission.
Some surface rust on suspension and drivetrain parts, and otherwise rustproofed and faded just a bit exists on the rockers, and floorpans. The X frame appears solid and has a new exhaust system snaking around it underneath. Drum brakes are noted on all 4 corners along with coil sprung suspension front and rear.
A quick starter, and smooth accelerator and runner/cruiser, the car performed well. All functions were good, however brakes most likely have air in the system as the worked great the first few times, but then needed to be pumped. All lighting is functioning as are controls for wipers, fans and heat. The horn does not work.
Suburbia bliss for father, THE car to have in 1964 showing success, and a touch of class. This car will need some paint, and a bit of cleaning for the interior to make it really great or drive it away and fully enjoy it as is, just bleed the brakes FIRST! A smooth big car sprung ride, almost can put you to sleep, but then you press the gas and wake up immediately.
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.