1962 Buick Invicta
The 1962 Buick Invicta was given some revitalization, thanks to far stronger demand for the two-door hardtop and convertible. Two- and three-seat Estate Wagons returned to the Invicta lineup as well.
A resurgent Buick produced a total of 400,150 cars across all lines, good for sixth place in the industry. Invictas accounted for 56,017 of them, or 14 percent of the total.
1962 would be the last year for a Buick convertible
with the Invicta name on it.
In an effort to make 1962 Buicks look wider, facelifted styling placed the outboard headlights at the far edges of the car, eliminating the pointed look. Grille bars were finer and more numerous, and the hood gained a slight bevel at its leading edge. Sculpted bodysides remained, but were squared off at the rear. Taillight units were wider and incorporated back-up-light lenses, though the actual back-up lamps remained an extra-cost item on LeSabres and Invictas.
On the junior cars, the two-door hardtop roof went from being a "bubbletop" to having the creased look of a convertible with its top raised. A midbody chrome spear decorated the rear quarters of LeSabres and most Invictas; the Invicta four-door hardtop traded this for a lower, longer strip that ran from the rear bumper to the front wheel opening.
Buick interiors got a revised dash. The dashtop was now at a constant height, the central dip having been eliminated, which created space for a new oval-faced clock. The mirrored instrument panel was replaced by a fixed-position white-on-black strip speedometer.
A warning-light cluster sat to the left of the speedometer, with the fuel gauge to the right. The smooth new two-spoke steering wheel had a boomeranglike hub. A heater/defroster was now standard in every Buick, and two-seat Estate Wagons joined three-seaters in having a standard power tailgate window.
The standard cloth-and-vinyl interior for Invicta hardtops and convertibles newly featured Tartan plaid fabrics on the seats and door panels. (This combination also served as the Custom option for Invicta Estate Wagons.
The basic interior for wagons, which bore 86.7 cubic feet of cargo space, had all-vinyl upholstery with patterned inserts.) The Custom bucket-seat option lost its driver-side power assist, but the package became available for the convertible.
It was during '62 that the shift to the next chapter in Buick's long history of making "banker's hot rods" began to happen. The Wildcat two-door hardtop made its midyear debut with the Invicta powertrain, a vinyl-covered roof, rocker-panel and wheel-lip brightwork, bucket seats, a bright-trimmed console with a tachometer and floor-mounted shifter, and more.
All this sold for just $194 more than the cost of an Invicta hardtop coupe, which the Wildcat essentially replaced. (The Wildcat assumed the Invicta coupe's Buick model number, and the springtime catalog issued to coincide with the arrival of the Wildcat and Special Skylark convertible didn't picture the Invicta hardtop or list it in the specification chart.)
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