1970 Buick Wildcat Convertible - SOLD
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1970 was the final year for the Wildcat, which would be replaced in 1971 by the Centurion, and we think this big red ragtop is a great send-off.

One of 1244 Wildcat convertibles built in 1970. Strong-running 455, new interior and top, nice paint. Runs and drives very well, loaded with options, great color combination. One of Buick’s best luxury muscle cars at a reasonable price!

Everyone has their favorite cars, but we’re particularly enamored with the way this Wildcat convertible makes a very big car look sporting. No heavy-looking enclosed rear wheels, tidy overhangs, and just a hint of Buick’s famous “sweep-spear” styling on its flanks. 1970 was the final year for the Wildcat, which would be replaced in 1971 by the Centurion, and we think this big red ragtop is a great send-off. We don’t have a lot of history on it, but it was obviously repainted a few years ago in its original code 70 Fire Red and they did a good job of it. At this price, it’s clearly not a show car, but the finish has a great shine and there’s no evidence of botched bodywork underneath—the flanks are straight and the crease along each side is crisply rendered. Panel fit is good all around and for a big convertible that just passed its 52nd birthday, it feels quite solid going down the road. Buick luxury was still very much about chrome, although the Wildcat didn’t pour it on—it has nice bumpers, a strip of stainless along the rockers, and bright vents on the front fenders, but it sure doesn’t look like your father’s Buick. The clean design is quite attractive. The chrome and brightwork is original, so it’s showing some age, but there’s nothing that stands out as needing immediate attention, just get in and have fun.

Black and white were your only color choices inside a Wildcat convertible, and this car carries fresh black vinyl upholstery in factory patterns. The carpets and seats are new and look great while the door panels appear to be very nice original pieces. The dash, steering wheel, and gauges are clearly original and have had their time in the sun, and that’s the biggest demerit on this entire car. On the other hand, everything works, including the factory A/C, which has been recently serviced and there’s a later JVC AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit in place of the factory AM radio. This car practically defines “full-sized comfort” with plenty of room front and rear, making it great for everything from road trips to parades. The black power convertible top is also recent, and stows itself neatly behind the seat. We also have a matching black boot, but it was a little too cool on photograph day to get it to fit properly—some time in the sun will surely cure that. There’s also a massive trunk with a new mat, full-sized spare with jack assembly, and no signs of problems underneath.

The standard engine in the Wildcat was a brute of a 455 cubic inch V8 making 370 horsepower and 510 lb-ft. of torque. This car is no slouch on the road! The engine looks right thanks to a recent detail that included Dante Red engine enamel, a restored air cleaner assembly, and proper decals throughout. It lights off easily with a nice burble from the tailpipe, suggesting that this ragtop wants to run. With 510 pounds of torque on tap, it’s completely effortless in everything it does and thanks to power steering and brakes, anyone can handle it. The TH400 3-speed automatic transmission was overwhelmingly the most popular choice (there are rumors of a 3-speed manual being available, but nobody has ever seen one in the wild) and it’s a good one. With crisp shifts and a reputation for being indestructible, it’s the right choice to live behind the burly Buick big block. 3.42 gears out back make for a good compromise between comfortable cruising and good off-the-line punch and the superlative Buick big car ride is 100% intact. The floors are clean and solid, with two minor patches in the front footwells that are so well done they almost go unnoticed. Buick’s finned aluminum brake drums provide stopping power equal to period discs, so no worries there, and they’ve been recently serviced with new hoses, cylinders, shoes, and hardware. The exhaust system has a newer Thrush muffler for a nice muscular sound and Buick Road wheels are always the right choice, with these wearing 225/75/15 Michelin whitewall radials.

Documentation includes the original Buick Owner’s Manual.

Big, fast, and unusual, this Wildcat hits a sweet spot where you can get in and have fun while still doing a few little projects to add value. From behind the wheel this car moves like a muscle car and your family will appreciate the big car accommodations. And it’s unlikely that you’ll see another one at local shows. With its reasonable price, take a closer look at this big Buick and then give us a call.

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1970 Buick Wildcat Convertible
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 118137
Odometer Reading: 46,690
VIN: 466670X100805
Engine: 455 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.42
Wheelbase: 124 inches
Wheels: 15-inch Buick Road Wheels
Tires: 225/75/15 Michelin whitewall radials
Exterior Color: Fire Red
Interior Color: Black vinyl
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