Displacement: 6,572 cc (401 cu.in.)
Horsepower: 325 bhp @ 4,400 rpm
Engine Torque: 445 ft lb @ 2,800 rpm
Top Speed: 121 mph
0 - 60 mph: 9.1 seconds
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Founded in 1903 by a Scotsman, David Buick, The Buick Motor Company is one of the oldest car-makers in America. Always a luxury brand, they had a reputation for style and performance too, in all their models. The Invicta was an all new model, introduced in 1959 that was created by combining the powerful 401 cu.in. engine of the full-size Buick Electra with the body of the standard-size Buick LeSabre, thereby creating something of a 'Gentleman's Hot Rod'. Like all the 1959 Buicks, it was lower and wider than any previous generation and sported the largest fins ever mounted to the brand. It was however, a very short-lived model. The styling was dramatically changed in 1961 and the Invicta name disappeared completely in 1963.
This particular car was delivered new to California and still wears its sought-after black plates. As a result, it is totally rust-free and retains all its original sheetmetal. The interior has been retrimmed at some point and presents well. The engine fires right up and idles smoothly, delivering effortless power for relaxed cruising with a gentle stab of the accelerator.
Rarer (and arguably prettier) than its Cadillac cousin, these outrageous coupes are the perfect expression of their era, but with such a limited production run (and high attrition rate), these spectacular cars are now extremely hard to find, so catch this one while you can!