Orphan Species – 1969 Buick Wildcat

Sometimes cars show up that seem to have a combination of a bunch of great features, all on four wheels. If you like muscle cars, pillarless hardtop sedans, and space for the whole family, you can’t overlook Buick’s Wildcat, produced from 1965-1970. The 7.0-liter V8 pulls strongly, and you can ride with all the windows down for a nearly-open-air feeling. Check out this 1969 Buick Wildcat, for sale for $2500 in Madras, OR.

1969 Buick Wildcat right front

The light blue really works well on 1960s GM designs, although dark colors like black, blue, and maroon are also quite flattering to this shape. For the price, the car seems amazingly straight and clean – possibly original, but in what is probably the drier part of Oregon, it’s likely to have had a repaint at some point in its life. Interestingly, this is another well-photographed American car in a rural setting, like yesterday’s Jeep J2000.

1969 Buick Wildcat interior

The interior looks to be complete and in overall good condition, though the seat covers, which the seller calls re-covered seats, are probably hiding some torn upholstery. There’s some cracking in the steering wheel rim, as well as an unfortunate affliction of faux-wood on its center. The tires are said to be in good shape, and the car has new brakes, though it’s not clear what parts of the system are covered in that statement.

1969 Buick Wildcat left rear

The seller makes much of the power of the car, but does not show the engine. The car is fitted with the 430ci V8, which came with a 4-barrel carburetor. They were good for a gross rating of 360hp and 475 lb.-ft., with which it can probably put the tow ratings of some pickup trucks to shame. Of course, at 14mpg on the freeway you won’t get very far towing anything. Riding on that wave of torque must be wonderful, though, and even if you consider a net rating that fell to 270-325hp, it’s still plenty to move this boat around. Would you go cross-country as the seller suggests?

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3 Responses to “Orphan Species – 1969 Buick Wildcat”

  1. lastonlastof Says:

    very nearly the same body style as the 1069 cougar

  2. lastonlastof Says:

    looks like a similar body style to same circa cougar

  3. steve in podunk Says:

    It’s a nice looking car and it seems cheap enough but calling it a muscle car is stretching reality a tad. And it does not look anything like a Cougar. My truck gets 14mpg and I never drive it because it cost too much to take it.

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