Was there really a 2 door 1968 Buick Wildcat GS?

Discussion in 'Wet behind the ears??' started by TPORILEY, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. TPORILEY

    TPORILEY New Member

    Hello everyone, I'm new to the board but have been a Wildcat owner for years. I am trying to determine if in 1968 the 2 door Wildcat Custom was badged as GS, as an option? I don't believe so, the only GS badging occurred with the 1966 model, to my knowledge. I was told by someone that 1244 68 Wildcat GS were produced, but I think that is bad information.

    I welcome your thoughts and input.

    Best,

    Tom
     
  2. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    Right you are! 66 is only year for a GS Wildcat.
    68 is a fine year for them, fastback style!
    Ted
     
  3. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    You must be referring to that '68 Wildcat coupe for sale at a dealer in Iowa. Someone added some GS badges-(available as reproductions) and is trying to claim it is legit. When you look at the pictures, one side of the car has "GS" attached to the left of the Wildcat letters and the "GS" badge on the other side is on the right side of the Wildcat letters. There were 11,276 custom Wildcat coupes and 10,708 standard Wildcat coupes made in 1968. The basic difference between a custom and a standard Wildcat is in the way the interior is done. The car in question is a custom coupe.The easiest way to tell is the wide brushed horizontal stainless trim on the door panels. No such thing as a GS package on a '68 Wildcat.
     
  4. TPORILEY

    TPORILEY New Member

    Thank you, David. That is the car I'm looking at and I appreciate your confirmation and observation. I am planning to buy it, I had a 1968 4 door custom hardtop that I should have never sold. I appreciate you thoughts!!

    Best regards,

    Tom
     
  5. TPORILEY

    TPORILEY New Member

    Thank you Ted!!

    I love the car.

    Best,

    Tom
     
  6. Rivman

    Rivman Senior Ottawa Buick Guy

    No such animal as a 'GS' Wildcat in '68 - as previously stated '66 only !! :TU:
     
  7. wildcatsrule

    wildcatsrule Well-Known Member

    Hi Tom welcome to V8 Buick! The car you want to buy is in really nice shape-I like it! The seller is confused about production statistics for the '68. Interestingly enough, the last year Wildcat custom convertible-1970 was the model that only 1,244 units were made. It would be nice if the car was truthfully advertised for what it is-someone's creative interpretation of what a 1968 Wildcat may have looked if the GS package was offered. Anyway glad if I could be of any help and good luck with the new car! Regards, David
     
  8. TurboV6

    TurboV6 Platinum Level Contributor

    I have seen the car numerous times as my office is only 3 blocks away from them and its been for sale for all summer
     
  9. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    ... to me, that means DO NOT pay the asking price. I have a lot of Buick Dealer books from 1968 and if no one else can provide for you, I will scan the doc's that DO NOT show a GS WildCat as an option. That is another bargaining point in your favor ..
     
  10. Nailhead

    Nailhead Gold Level Contributor

    X2! I was thinking under $10K, but doubt it will happen thru a dealer.
     
  11. TurboV6

    TurboV6 Platinum Level Contributor

    Be happy to check it out for you, but the price is high
    Mark
    319-361-6465
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2015
  12. lapham3@aol.com

    lapham3@aol.com Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of swinging thru Cedar Rapids many years ago and there was an outfit named Duffy's that had some funny kinda clones types and loads of #3 condition cars at #1 prices. My buddy and I started giggling like a couple high school girls as we stumbled out the door. That was on the way coming back home from the farm field that was the precursor to, and nearby, today's Country Classics in southern Illinois on I55. That was to buy a 'show quality' Pontiac GP that turned out to be a mousemobile mess. The other cars were mostly #3-4 at #2 prices=what a trip-what a world!
    As to the 'fastback' 2dr cats, I've always liked them as the '67-8 have that 'look'. Some years ago, I happened to have my '65 '66 and '67 cats more or less lined up side by side and we noticed that the rear window angles were actually all identical. It's the rest of the styling and the later skirts that give the added effect. That '68 there may be a 'one of a kind'-good luck!
     
  13. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    I have owned a '68 Wildcat 2dr. hrdtp. since '77 from the original owner. Since it was one of mine, at the time, good friends mother I went to New England Motors in Greenwich, Ct. & helped her order it. Ordered Disc Brakes, A/C, Posi, which came with 3.42 gears being a "Cat", Power windows, Power Bench Seat, Am/Fm, Stereo, F&R speakers, Power Antenna, Etc. She SPECIAL ORDERED THE COLORS, Red, White Top & White Interior. Usually if they were red they came with a black top & white interior or white top & black interior. The way she & I know this is that the FBI came to her home one day unannounced with a warrant to check out the car. Turns out it's identical twin was involved in a bank robbery in Tx. When the FBI went to Buick they found that only two were made in identical colors. I have since added Cornering Lights, Tilt Wheel, 8 Track, Cruise Control & 2.73 gears for cruising, Dual Exhaust & Headers. Today it has less than 30K miles on the original drive train.
     
  14. Rivman

    Rivman Senior Ottawa Buick Guy

    I must have got the other one Tom - way back when, I picked up a '68 Cat parts car to restore my '68 Cat. It was Fire Chief Red with a white interior, and a white vinyl top. I sold them as 'a pair' to a buddy who made me an offer you couldn't refuse. :Do No:
     

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