Invicta - The most spirited Buick, was how they portrayed their new performance line for 1959. Just like the Century before it, the Invicta joined the standard size body of the LeSabre (previously the Special) with the larger more powerful Wildcat 445, 401 cubic inch V8.
"If you're the kind of person who likes high-stepping action...", touted the original sales literature. That certainly appealed to one lady who purchased this Invicta 2-door Hardtop from a dealer in Abilene, Texas on Friday December 26th, 1958. Three months into the 1959 model year.
1959 Buicks were all new. New names, new body and new engines. They were to wear the biggest fins yet although were much lighter on the chrome compared with the chrome laden '58 models.
The only distinctive feature from the previous year that was retained was the rectangular squares making up the grille. The delta-wing canted fins at the rear were reflected at the front where it wore cats-eye like front fender edges over the upward-canted dual headlights.
That original lady owner certainly seemed to love this car. She kept it until her death in the late 1990s, keeping it garaged and well maintained. It's received one repaint in the original Copper Glow Metallic paint in 1998 but everything else is original including all of the glass, chrome and stainless trim on the car.
With just 33,700 miles on the odometer it's likely this was just used on special occasions and rare trips out during her ownership.
The original Copper interior is in great shape including the Copper Nylon-Balfour cloth and Cordaveen upholstery. (Cordaveen was Buick's name for their vinyl-like material)
This shot of the rear seats show just how clean this interior is.
All-new for 1959 was the 401 cubic inch Wildcat 455 engine producing 325 horsepower and it was standard on the Invicta.
The Invicta certainly wasn't Buick's biggest selling series but it sat comfortably between the best-selling LeSabre and the more luxurious Electra. A total of 52,851 Invictas were sold. 11,451 of them were the 2-door hardtop you see here and would have had a base price of $3,447.
A little more was spent on this particular car when it was first ordered. This included a Sonomatic AM radio at $102, power steering at $108 and air conditioning costing $430.
This Buick Invicta is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)