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Buick Invicta - 1959-1962
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Buick Invicta - 1959-1962

Buick Invicta - 1959-1962

Invicta is latin for unconquerable, and after several lean years for their buicks in the late fifties, the bosses at general motors were ready to take no prisoners. Vice-president of design harley earl used the flightsweep look of the 1957 chrysler to galvanize his staff into action.

Specifications performance
0-60 in 8 sec. Top speed of 117.8 mph engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-cam v8 displacement 401 cu. In. Power rating 325 hp transmission 3-speed automatic chassis: Rotary-valve power steering; Independent front suspension, solid rear suspension; 4,373 lbs. price: S 3,530 in 1959

About vehicle
Swept away with the new model, gone wras the traditional buick sweepspear. Gone were the trademark portholes. The fins flaring outward from the rear deck of the new buicks were called delta wings like many of its other features, these seem amusingly excessive from todays perspective, but in their time they were considered very stylish. Indeed, motor trend magazine named the 1959 invicta the industrys best-looking car overall, as well as the best-looking wagon. style points mechanical modifications were made as well: A larger 401-cubic-inch engine was installed, the brake system was improved with the addition of air cooling to the rear drums, and the new power steering required less than two-and-a-half pounds of effort to turn the wheel. Still, the invicta will be remembered most for its broad concessions to lavish public taste.
The buick invicta four-door sedan (pictured here) was a popular car, but the four-door hardtop sold twice as well.


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