1963 Buick Wildcat: Lean-To Find


This 1963 Buick Wildcat found here on eBay was recently rescued from a dilapidated shed structure, which is a good thing considering its survivor-grade condition and overall worthiness as a project. The Wildcat featured a hefty amount of luxury for buyers in 1963 and this example retains many of the options that made this convertible such a desirable ride: air conditioning, power steering and brakes, factory tach and radio, among other features. This car’s interior looks serviceable, but the floors may be approaching the point of needing repair. Carpet will have to be sourced along with a new top, but the frame is present as are the roof’s pumps, lines, and cylinders. The standard engine is said to put out 445 lb. ft. of torque, so there should be more than enough power to move this big-body convertible down the road with ease. There’s a reserve on the auction, so what do you think would be fair price for this Wildcat?


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  1. Shilo

    I love this car. Everything is there to do a restoration or just get it going as a driver. Rare and cool looking.

  2. sunbeamdon

    Maybe, maybe not – why was it parked? Not running versions can really set you back with the unknowns. Value would double if reliable runner; as is probably $5,000 to $7,000

  3. Dennis M

    My Dad bought a new Wildcat conv. in 1964. I was 19 and I can tell you that was one seriously fast ride. Best acceleration of anything I had driven up to that point. Probably the ultimate development of drum brakes as well with finned aluminum drums that resisted fade quite well.

  4. Banged my head

    Wow what a cool car! My dad had a 67 hardtop wild cat he bought in the late 80s and at the time I did not appreciate it. I ask him if he had banged his head and he laughed at me and said you don’t know what a nice car is, He’s gone now, and now I look back and now know what he was talking about. I never saw one of these , its really cool looking and would make a nice ride. Would love to have it.

  5. Woodie Man

    Leaving aside the obvious reasons, how can anyone let this happen to a sixties convertible? It would be much nicer had it been able to stay in original condition. Drop 50 K into it and a body off rotisserie restoration and you’ll have something. Since its Florida I would think the humidity has done its work otherwise.

  6. PaulG

    This would be an amazing vehicle to own, but an expen$ive one to restore. However, done right, and to a standard that few could afford, you’d have a stunning example of one of Buick’s best. I don’t see a reserve on the auction, and maybe it’s best that it’s on the other side of the country…
    1 more thing, I suppose you could clean it up, get it safe, and cruise it for a couple of years. Then either sell it to the guy with the ability to restore it, or ???

  7. Brian B

    My first car (which I still have after 20 years) was a ’63 Wildcat. Such a cool car, factory bucket seats, console and tach.

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