|“It’s a 65 Skylak Gran Sport with the 401 rated at 325 HP/445 lb/ft and the Super Turbine 300 transmission with the switch pitch torque converter.
The body is the 2 door coupe, which they called the “thin pillar coupe”. It has look of a hard top with the stainless mouldings around the windows. What is unusual is this has a Buick Special interior, even though it is a Skylark. I’m not sure if all Skylark 2 Door Coupes had a Special interior or just the Gran Sport versions.
The exhaust has a dual output on each side, similar to GTO exhaust tips. The car has power steering and had a 1965 vintage after market probably dealer installed Air Conditioner. The air conditioner was shot, but I saved the interior evaporator for the vintage look.(in case I ever modernize the system from R12.) Air conditioning is not really a must here in New Hampshire, especially tooling along with the floor vents and window vent cranked open. Besides I believe simple is better – no digital dashboards, no antilock brakes etc…
I’ve owned this car for about 7 years and I’m the third owner. The front end, brakes and wheel cylinders were rebuilt by me when I first acquired the car. The motor is untouched with 108,000 miles on it, and hardly touches oil. The only non-stock items are Goodyear radials and electronic ignition.
The car was a July 65 build and would have just had time to reach the local dealer as I was simultaneously getting my drivers license in August, (well, that’s my fantasy anyway) I have yet to see an other one on the road or car meet, other than the national shows. There were not many made and not that many survived in the snow belt where I live (the roads are salted and sanded during the winter). This one stays in the garage from November till April (jacked up off the springs) but come the first warm day, it is a pleasure to take her out for the first spin around the block.”
Thanks for the information and history on your Buick William. It’s always interesting to read the fine details and little stories that always seem to go hand in hand with owning a Buick. With such a nice ride I’m not suprised that you can’t wait to take her for a spin around the block. – Bill
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Ted’s ’65 Buick Wildcat
|Engine:||425 Nailhead V8|
|Transmission:||Super Turbine 400|
| I’ve had Buicks since my first car in 1975. At the age of 15 I was so car crazy I had to have one to work on, so I bought a 68 Skylark Convertible (with Dad’s help!). It was a great car, next was a 68 LeSabre, then a 65 Riviera. I rebuilt the Riv’s engine and saw in the Chassis Manual the 4-speed transmission. Well that got me thinking, what Buick had a 4-speed? The 46000…Whats that? I soon found out! That was 1993. I looked for 7 years for a 4-speed Wildcat, no luck…
I once saw one in ’95 but I was between jobs, another was sold, then nothing til ’99. I decided to get a Wildcat automatic Convertible. I found a great one, with the A-8 option, and all kinds of other options from cruise control and even a tissue dispenser. Then I bought a 65 coupe, had a 66 425, red with black interior, console and buckets. As the car was in transit, I saw an ad for a 65 Wildcat 4-speed coupe in the Bugle “leads” section. Well, I wasn’t going to wait another 7 years so I bought that one too! Found some parts cars, then bought my 4-speed convertible from Cars in NJ. What a wreck, had to buy another rust free convertible to fix it. Ok, that was the last one…No, I bought another parts car after that. What I will end up with is 4 cars, all Wildcats.
A Wildcat Deluxe Convertible, red with red bucket seats, an “LT” 401, 4 speed Warner T-10 with a 3.42 posi. rear. A custom convertible, sea foam with a black bench seat, “LX” 425 2x4bbl, automatic with a 3.08 open rear. Then there’s this red and black Custom Coupe with black buckets a centre console, tach, “MW” 425 Quadrajet, automatic and a 3.42 posi rear. Last but by no means least is a burgundy Custom Coupe with black buckets, with an “LX” 425 2-4bbl, a 4-speed Warner T-10, and a 3.42 posi.
I’m probably going to sell the car pictured when I get the other auto coupe going. It is a Custom, Black buckets, “LT” 401 ST400 automatic, 3.08 open rear. I will be a while fixing the other car, so it will get a 3.08 Posi soon. I bought it as is, except for the tail chrome and the grill chrome. Also a little brake work-the rubber was clogged to the back binders and the booster seal was cracked. Also had to fix the switch pitch microswitch – seems like I have to do that on all my cars, I am getting good at it! I also have a white convertible project for sale, the frame is bad and needs to be replaced. I have a frame for it in good condition.
See you in Flint!
Wow! You’re really into 65 Buicks aren’t you Ted? This red on black Wildcat Coupe is a perfect example of what I think is a contender for the the most attractive coupes ever made by Buick. Thanks for sending it in.