The 1961-1962 Buick Electra 225 & Invicta 2-Doors are aptly described as underappreciated big Buicks. The standard Electra was canceled for '62, so its hardtop coupe became a "deuce and a quarter," and the Invicta was soon supplanted as the "performance Buick" by the Wildcat line, perhaps because buyers liked that name better.

 

1961 Buick Electra hardtop coupe, part of the 1961-1962 Buick Electra 225 & Invicta 2-Doors line of collectible cars
1961 Buick Electra hardtop coupe were underappreciated cars.
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GM's '61 cars were the first to fully reflect the influence of Bill Mitchell, Harley Earl's successor as corporate design chief. Buick fared as well as any GM division, losing dogleg windshields and needless bulk while becoming simpler and more dignified.

The '62s were arguably cleaner still, if more visually massive. A novelty that year was "convertible-look" ribbing for hardtop coupe rooflines. As in 1959-60, Buick four-door hardtops and sedans offered four- or six-window styling, though not in every series, but collectors covet the two-doors. They're the best of this Buick bunch save the bucket-seated '62 Wildcat.

Pluses of the 1961-1962 Buick Electra 225 & Invicta 2-Doors:

  • More tasteful appearance
  • Somewhat better economy
  • Improved workmanship
  • Huge gains in value over past decade

Minuses of the 1961-1962 Buick Electra 225 & Invicta 2-Doors:

  • Plenty of interest value but questionable appreciation
  • Still overshadowed by Buicks before and after

Production of the 1961-1962 Buick Electra 225 & Invicta 2-Doors:

  • 1961: Invicta htp cpe 6,382; conv 3,953; Electra htp cpe 4,250; Electra 225 conv 7,158
  • 1962: Invicta htp cpe 10,335; conv 13,471; Electra 225 htp cpe 8,922; conv 7,894

Specifications of the 1961-1962 Buick Electra 225 & Invicta 2-Doors:
Wheelbase, inches:
123.0 (Invicta), 126.0 (Electra 225)
Length, inches:
213.2/214.1 (1961/62 Invicta), 219.2/220 (Electra)
Weight, pounds: 4,100-4,400
Price, new: $3,447-$4,366

Engine for the 1961-1962 Buick Electra 225 & Invicta 2-Doors:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8401 cid
3251961-1962

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