The 1963 Buick Wildcat debatably Buick’s first muscle car was first launched in 1962 as an option for the Buick Invicta before going on to become a series of its own in 1963 and was offered in three body styles – the 4-door hardtop sedan and 2-door convertible to add to the 2-door hardtop coupe of the previous year.
While Buick attempted to exaggerate the image of the Buick wildcat 1963, the 4-door model outsold its other two counterparts by a very wide margin. Sum of all Wildcat Production for 1963 include 12,185 2-Door Hardtop Coupes, 6,021 Convertibles and 17,519 4-Door Hardtop Sedans.
1963 Buick Wildcat pictures
1963 Buick Wildcat interior
The 1963 Buick wildcat interior had bucket seats which were standard on the coupe and convertible, but elective on the 4-door hardtop which had standard bench seat. The cars all had central consoles. Standard automatic transmission, a tachometer except the car was preordered with a bench seat. It had a deluxe steering wheel, speedometer “speed minder”, tinted glass, power windows, remote trunk opener, Padded Instrument Panel, original Sonomatic AM radio, Air conditioner and an electric clock.
See also: 1965 El Camino
1963 Buick Wildcat engine
The 1963 Buick wildcat engine featured a 401-cid Nailhead V-8, which with its Rochester 4GC 4-barrel carburetor and 10.25:1 compression ratio produced 325-horsepower, a Dynaflow-based transmission. It had an amazing torque rating of 445-lb.ft. at its peak of 2,800 RPM. It had a standard automatic Turbine Drive with an optional Borg-Warner T-10 4-speed manual. The suspensions had coil springs, telescoping shock absorbers, Upper and lower control arms and anti-roll bar.
1963 Buick Wildcat specs
The 1963 Buick wildcat had a special horizontal bar grille with the Buick crest located in a chrome circle in the center. A Front and rear 7.60 x 15 BFGoodrich Silvertown four-ply tires resting on 6 x 15 inches wheels.
1963 Buick Wildcat convertible
The 1963 Wildcat convertible came standard with bucket seats, tachometer, electric clock, center console and deluxe steering wheel. . A large 325-horsepower, 401-cubic inch overhead V-8 engine provides the power. The Wildcat name is engraved in script on the rear cove area and rear fenders in block letters and also diagonally on the hood. Three venti-ports run from the brushed finished inserts from the front fenders to the middle of the doors. This 1963 Buick Wildcat convertible is fitted with numerous voluntary items such as, power steering, power windows, power brakes, factory A/C and automatic trunk release
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The 1963 Buick Wildcat started out as one of the pioneer muscle cars for American Motors and turned out to deliver as was expected. Still a coveted classic car its availability is dwindling having gone out of production a long time ago, certain car collectors still boast its presence in their collection although it is nearly impossible to come across an unrestored model, today.