Numbers matching car. 445 package (445ft/lbs torque) on the original 425 cubic inch "Nailhead", 340 HP 4bbl engine with good compression. Arizona car with a good, straight body.
Obtained from a relative who was the original owner. The car ran reliably as a low-mileage (25 miles per week), daily runner back then but later was stored (in turn-key, running condition) under roof for many years. Myself and the original owner both parked under a carport. The car remained in turn-key, running condition until only recently when disability interrupted the restoration. It needs a battery, radiator repair and the oil pan needs to be put back on, therefore it is only offered AS IS, WHERE IS.
The engine is a 445, which referred to ft/lbs of torque rather than the more familiar cubic inch displacement (just as confusing now as then). There is some division among "experts" as to the block size; either 401 or a 425. According to the original GM sales info, the 1966 Wildcat Custom 2-Door Sports Coupe ONLY model was offered with two engine options, the 445 (340 HP) and the 465 (360 HP. Both were the 425 cubic inch block with the second 4 bbl carb adding the additional 20 horsepower. In previous years of Wildcat, the standard big-block engine was the 401 cubic inch; the 1966 year of Wildcat being the exception. Aside from tearing down the engine to investigate further, I believe the GM explanation.
The Wildcat featured higher horsepower and a beefed up suspension, compared to other Buick models, and was even equipped with posi-rear traction (although I can't remember anyone testing this feature). It was marketed to compete against Ford's Thunderbird. Originally it had dual exhaust but the original owner replaced the exhaust to single shortly before retiring the vehicle to save a few bucks. At 4,500 lbs. the car is a monster.
Makes a great restoration project car. The original interior is about what you'd expect to see on a 50 year old car so figure that in with your restoration costs. The paint is original also. I've seen these cars restored and they look great. A nice, fast, roomy, sporty looking, extra-full size car that rides like a dream and can tow just about anything up the steepest mountains without slowing down one bit.
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