Restored 1959 Invicta $16,500

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  1. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

  2. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    Wow- $16.5K for a 4-dr sedan?
     
  3. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Not even a hardtop & NO A/C
     
  4. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    Just goes to show I'll never be able to own a 2 door hardtop...now that the lousy sedan is just about out of range. He probably would have asked over 20 if it had some options. This car is pretty, but it's about as naked as it gets, I see an antenna so it probably has a radio, but nothing else. Not even sure if there are power brakes or power steering; and yes, they made them that way, I had a 60 4 door hardtop that didn't have either, what a POS to park.
    Oh well, nice dream while it lasted.
     
  5. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    That's the DeLuxe steering wheel, I believe that means power steering. A/C was only fitted to 10% of production, so it's not even a realistic expectation on ANY given B-59.
    Options don't move the price of a given model much- it's all about body style & condition. The only exception to that would be buckets on the E 225 convertible- IDK how many were built, but I recall only 100 '59 Eldorados had buckets.
     
  6. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    I don't agree 100% with that Mark, especially in fancier cars like Buick's - a loaded full size Buick will sell much quicker than a low option car and at a premium, that scenario plays out time and time again. I agree that model has a huge play in it, had this been a flat top, it would have demanded a premium over the sedan with out question. An example, when I sold my pristine 72 Electra Custom with 11K miles, I without doubt lost sales and dollars because it lacked power seat option. I figure I took about a $2K hit on what the car could have sold for sold because it lacked than one option, now had it been a Limited, I would have seen a $3-5K price bump
    . When people buy the big Buick's, they want them loaded, and the plainer ones of the exact same model are not near as desirable which translates to options mean dollars.

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  7. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    YES!!! THAT'S EXACTLY IT!! (Sorry for shouting...)
     
  8. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    What one has to keep in mind here is the option list in '59 is not expansive. On the Invicta, there's no engine options and the available Triple Turbine is incredibly rare- probably over 95% have the Twin Turbine. AM radio is probably in over 90% of cars. PS is relatively common (79%), PB slightly less so (69%), so most cars have those 2. This is the vast vast majority of these Invictas as found today.

    The Transportable radio option is really cool but extremely rare. I addressed A/C (10%). Only other major options are PW and P seat (14%). The rest of the list (Super DeLuxe wheel covers, posi, electric antenna, tinted glass, Autronic Eye) IMO just aren't going to move the needle much. Other than the 'stripper' LeSabres or the Electra 225s, the majority of these cars occupy a narrow range of equipment. Sure an Autronic Eye, A/C, Transportable, PW/PS B-59 would be appealing, but your not going to find an Invicta 4-dr sedan so equipped, ever.

    We go to a, say, '64 Catalina (another car I am very familiar with) and we're talking a list of engine options, buckets/consoles, vinyl top, manual trans, 8-lug wheels, Cruise/tilt/AM-FM, 2+2 package, Ventura package, etc etc- lots of ways a 64 Cat may be found.

    Buick had a very 'unsettling' year in '59, what with the crash re-design and changing absolutely everything up for the year. But they ran out of time, IMO, to truly set up their line-up. Look at the '58 Limited- the '59 E 225 can't compare to that car.
     
  9. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    Thanks for providing the percentage breakdowns, in all honesty I wasn't aware that there were so few loaded up cars made in 1959, but it does make sense. I haven't seen too many Invictas that were loaded up, in fact I haven't seen one with power windows let alone anything else like a power seat or A/C. So I guess I'm going to have to re-evaluate the way I think about these cars, maybe an Invicta isn't what I really wanted in the first place, should be an Electra. (all the more expensive too!)
    As for that horrible Triple Turbine, - yeah, that's one they can keep, as is the air suspension which I think was still on the books for 59.
     
  10. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    Rear wheel air suspension was still avail in '59, but again: extremely rare.
    I have an Invicta coupe, original equip was power steering, duals, heater/defroster, tinted glass, backup lights, AM radio/manual antenna. Has manual brakes. Nothing there to get excited about, IMO. It's the SHAPE I get off on- those fins, those angry eyes, the 'bubbletop'' coupe roof. It just begs to have 500+ HP. :D
     
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  11. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    I've been in love with the 1959 Buick since the first time I remember seeing one, which had to be when I was about 4 in 1967. I saw that shape and the fins and I knew I had to have one. I've been looking for a half-decent one ever since, and each time I get close, the affordability factor changes and it stays just out of my grasp. I've offered to trade one of my convertibles for a coupe or a 4 door hardtop, and have gotten absolutely no where. With each passing year now the chances of me getting one is getting slimmer and slimmer; most of what I've recently looked at is very rusted out crap. And, it's all been on line too, there are no 1959 Buicks that I'm aware of in northern Alberta.
    So I'm looking now for an Electra that is reasonably optioned out; I'll even entertain a nicely equipped 4 door sedan that doesn't need too much work; I'd prefer a good driver. I'm a good mechanic but a lousy bodyman, so rusty restos are out. I'd sooner redo a powertrain than deal with a rust bucket. And yes, whoever finds one and gets it here it has a choice of my convertibles.
     
  12. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    I will always regret not buying a tawny rose and white 59 Electra 225 six window Riviera that belonged to a good friend of mine, I believe that car is now living in the state of Washington.
     
  13. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    You should pm Chris. If it's in Washington, I about guarantee he knows where it is.
     
  14. red67wildcat

    red67wildcat Well-Known Member

    Brian Laurance would know if its here , hes the Washington state 59 Guy
     
  15. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    9057C6C4-E437-44E5-9C26-E9BB614E00AF.jpeg It can be seen in this picture with Brian’s car. I loved driving that car.
     
  16. red67wildcat

    red67wildcat Well-Known Member

    I remember that pic , In Tacoma
    I looked thru my local old pics and have this car but not the rose and white one 244.JPG
     
  17. 66electrafied

    66electrafied Just tossing in my nickel's worth

    <sob!> Man, I'd love one of those...gorgeous, even in "rose"...Doesn't any one of those owners want to trade up a few years and get a convertible?
     

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