Buick invicta

Second generation (1961–1963)

Second generation

1962 Buick Invicta convertible

Overview
Model years 1961–1963
Body and chassis
Body style
  • 2-door convertible (1961–62)
  • 2-door hardtop (1961–62)
  • 4-door hardtop (1961–62)
  • 4-door station wagon (1962–63)
Powertrain
Engine
  • 364 cu in (6.0 L) V8 (1961)
  • 401 cu in (6.6 L) V8 (1961–63)
Transmission 2-speed Turbine Drive automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 123.0 in (3,124 mm)
Length
  • 213.2 in (5,415 mm) (1961)
  • 214.1 in (5,438 mm) (1962)
  • 215.7 in (5,479 mm) (1963)
Width 78.0 in (1,981 mm)
Curb weight 3,969–4,505 lb (1,800–2,043 kg)

The Invicta received several updates for the 1961 model year. It was the last year the 364 cubic inch V8 engine was offered before the engine was retired. The station wagon did not reappear until the 1962 model year.

1962 saw the debut of the Wildcat two-door hardtop within the Invicta series. The Wildcat featured most of the interior trim of the Invicta Custom, which included standard bucket seats and upgraded door panels. Instead of the Invicta Custom’s short console, however, the Wildcat had a long console with a tachometer and a shift lever. Other Wildcat features included special badging and exterior trim, along with a vinyl top and Electra 225-like taillights, rather than those of the LeSabre/Invicta. These features placed the Wildcat well in step with the shift towards sports-oriented models.

For 1963, the Wildcat would replace the Invicta four-door hardtop, two-door coupe, and convertible. The Invicta series had a 6-passenger station wagon as its sole model. Only 3,495 Invicta station wagons were built for 1963, after which the name disappeared.

First generation (1959–1960)

First generation

1960 Buick Invicta 2-door hardtop

Overview
Model years 1959–1960
Body and chassis
Body style
  • 2-door convertible
  • 2-door hardtop
  • 4-door hardtop
  • 4-door station wagon
Powertrain
Engine
  • 364 cu in (6.0 L) V8
  • 401 cu in (6.6 L) V8
Transmission
  • 2-speed automatic
  • 3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 123.0 in (3,124 mm)
Length
  • 217.4 in (5,522 mm) (1959)
  • 217.9 in (5,535 mm) (1960)
Width
  • 80.7 in (2,050 mm) (1959)
  • 80.0 in (2,032 mm) (1960)
Curb weight 4,255–4,679 lb (1,930–2,122 kg)

The Invicta series was introduced as a full line of body styles for model year 1959. Sales never approached that of either the entry-level LeSabre or top level Electra models, but were consistent with the traditional sales penetration of Buick’s sporty mid-priced models (the 1954 to 1958 Century and 1963 to 1970 Wildcat). The Invicta continued the tradition of installing on the front fenders from the Century.

In a survey of 1959 Buick owners in the March, 1959 issue of Popular Mechanics, 47.1% of owners like the ride comfort, though many (25.2%) said the drive shaft tunnel was too big.

Starting in 1960, an Invicta Custom trim package was offered, featuring bucket seats and a ‘consolette’ in the hardtop coupe, convertible and wagon and a leather bench seat with a center armrest on some 4 door hardtops. Sales were nominal.

According to Robin Moore’s 1969 book The French Connection, «the 1960 Buick Invicta had a peculiarity in body construction conducive to the installations of…extraordinary, virtually detection-proof traps concealed within the fenders and undercarriage» that made it a popular model for international heroin smugglers.

Notes

  1. Moore, Robin (1969), The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., pp. 50, 54, ISBN 1-59228-044-7

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Buick Invicta Concept (2008)

The Invicta nameplate was re-trademarked by Buick in 2004[citation needed], a concept vehicle bearing that name was unveiled in Auto China 2008. The vehicle was designed by GM Design Centers in Warren, Michigan and Shanghai, China.

The concept included a 2.0-L direct injection turbo engine rated 186 kilowatts (249 hp) and 298 newton metres (220 lbf·ft), 6-speed automatic transmission, MacPherson strut front and independent rear suspensions, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 20×8.5-in polished aluminum wheels with P245/40R20 tires.

The vehicle’s designs were later used in the second generation of Buick LaCrosse.

References

  1. Moore, Robin (1969). The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. pp. 50, 54. ISBN 1-59228-044-7.
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Buick Invicta concept (2008)

2008 concept

Buick Invicta Concept 2008

Overview
Designer Justin Thompson and Richard Duff
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L I4
Transmission 6-speed Aisin AF40-6 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 114.5 in (2,908 mm)
Length 194.2 in (4,933 mm)
Width 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
Height 57.7 in (1,466 mm)
Curb weight 3,750 lb (1,701 kg)

The Invicta nameplate was re-trademarked by Buick in 2004[citation needed], a concept car bearing that name was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show on April 19, 2008. The vehicle was designed in a collaboration between the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai, China. The designers responsible for the exterior design were Justin Thompson and Richard Duff.

The concept was equipped with a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo engine rated at 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 220 pound-feet (298 N⋅m) mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission, MacPherson strut front and independent rear suspensions, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 20 x 8.5 inch polished aluminum wheels with P245/40R20 tires. Featured on the car are several traditional Buick design cues: the , , a , and the .

The vehicle’s designs were later used on the second generation .

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Buick Invicta
1961 Buick Invicta convertible
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 1959–1963
Successor Buick Wildcat
Class Full-size
Body style 2-door convertible
2-door hardtop
4-door hardtop
4-door station wagon
Platform B-body
Wheelbase 123.0 in (3,124 mm) (1959)
Length 217.0 in (5,512 mm) (1959)
Width 81.0 in (2,057 mm) (1959)
Height 57.1 in (1,450 mm) (1959)
Curb weight 4,274 lb (1,939 kg) (1959 hardtop coupe)

 
1962 Buick Invicta coupe

The Buick Invicta (Series 4600) is a full-sized automobile produced by General Motors’ Buick Motor Division from 1959 to 1963. The Invicta was a continuation of the Buick Century concept that mated the standard size Buick LeSabre (pre-1959, Buick Special) body with Buick’s larger 401 in³ V8 engine, yielding what was referred to as «the banker’s hot rod.» The name was derived from Latin and signified ‘unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable’ according to Buick Motor Division sales training materials.

The Invicta series was introduced as a full line of body styles for model year 1959. Sales never approached that of either the LeSabre or Electra models, but were consistent with the traditional sales penetration of Buick’s sporty mid-priced models (the 1954 to 1958 Century and 1963 to 1970 Wildcat).

Starting in 1960, an Invicta Custom trim package was offered, featuring bucket seats and a ‘consolette’ in the hardtop coupe, convertible and wagon and a leather bench seat with a center armrest on some 4 door hardtops. Sales were nominal.

1962 saw the debut of the Buick Wildcat 2-door hardtop within the Invicta series. The Wildcat featured most of the interior trim of the Invicta Custom, which included standard bucket seats and upgraded door panels. Instead of the Invicta Custom’s short console, however, the Wildcat had a long console with a tachometer and a shift lever. Other Wildcat features included special badging and exterior trim, along with a vinyl top and the taillights that were used on the Electra 225 rather than those of the LeSabre/Invicta. These features placed the Wildcat well in step with the shift towards sports-oriented models.

For 1963, the Wildcat would replace the Invicta, taking over its four-door hardtop, two-door coupe and convertible body styles. The Invicta series had a 6-passenger station wagon as its sole model. Only 3,495 1963 Invicta station wagons were built, after which the name disappeared.

According to Robin Moore in his 1969 book The French Connection, «the 1960 Buick Invicta had a peculiarity in body construction conducive to the installations of . . . extraordinary, virtually detection-proof traps concealed within the fenders and undercarriage» that made it a popular model for international heroin smugglers.

  Buick Invicta Concept (2008)

The Invicta nameplate was re-trademarked by Buick in 2004[citation needed], a concept vehicle bearing that name was unveiled in Auto China 2008. The vehicle was designed by GM Design Centers in Warren, Michigan and Shanghai, China.

The concept included a 2.0-L direct injection turbo engine rated 186 kilowatts (249 hp) and 298 newton metres (220 lbf·ft), 6-speed automatic transmission, MacPherson strut front and independent rear suspensions, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 20×8.5-in polished aluminum wheels with P245/40R20 tires.

The vehicle’s designs were later used in the second generation of Buick LaCrosse.

  Notes

  1. Moore, Robin (1969), The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., pp. 50, 54, ISBN 1-59228-044-7

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6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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Compact Special Apollo
Skylark Skylark
Mid-size Special Special Century Century
Skylark Skylark Regal Regal
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