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You know, the Park Ave is going to be replaced by a LaCrosse-style luxury crossover around '04-05. Also, the Regal and Century are going to be redesigned for the 2004 MY and there are rumors that Buick might be producing the Blackwood concept in a limited capacity for its 100th anniversary in 2003.
That's one helluva car!
Myths, Legends, and other Information about the Buick Wildcat
In 1953 Buick developed a prototype car called the Wildcat. It came with a 322 cubic inch V8 engine rated at 188 horsepower. The car was revolutionary for the time. The body was fiberglass. The wheel hubs remained stationary as the wheels spun. What the advantage of this was supposed to be is unknown to me.
The first Buick Wildcat produced for the public was sold in 1962 and called the Wildcat Sport Coupe. It was based on the Invicta and intended to compete with the Ford Thunderbird. It came with bucket seats, console, tachometer, a 401 cubic inch engine rated at 325 horsepower. Standard rear axle ratio was 3:42:1. About 2,000 were built.
The 1965 Buick Wildcat body came from the LeSabre. The 401 was still offered, as was the 425. Supposedly there were 5 versions of the coupe offered and 5 versions of the sedan.
1970 was the end. Only 23,000 Wildcats sold in this year of the Muscle Car. But the Wildcat went out in a blaze of glory, packing the Hemi-killing Buick 455 under the hood for the first and last time. This awesome engine produced 370 horsepower and 510 foot pounds of torque. Unfortunately, the genuine Hemi-killing Stage 1 option was not available for the Wildcat.
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