The other day we were reflecting on a dark green metallic 1963 Buick Wildcat 4 door Hardtop, with front bucket seats, and a console. This goes back to the days when with the appropriate "connections" GM would enable the build of cars with options that did not exist in the regular option list. Namely the front bucket seats in a sedan.
From a time when sedans with a post were considered boring cars, to the 4 door hardtop being a less boring car although having a few more rattles and squeaks with the stand up post to hinge the rear doors. To fastback coupes which always had a cool factor.
Lets break this down...
- Sedans with a post were boring, utilitarian cars
- Hardtops the 4 door versions were less boring
- Hardtops with a cool factor were interesting
What made the Buick interesting, back in the day a Buick made a strong street statement, it had tinted glass, it had bucket seats and a console which drove the cool factor through the roof, and obvious it had a nailhead, dual exhaust, power windows, an air conditioner, and the sedate automatic transmission.
There was "something" special about that Buick compared to a 4 door post sedan car.
Subsequently sedans languished for many years in the 3 box design, all looking the same, while coupes always presented a challenge to access the rear seat. Unless it was a luxury sedan with a F...You factor...most sedans had a boring although utilitarian factor.
When Mercedes-Benz a few years ago revived the fastback sedan with the CLS it was the right design, the right car, at the right time. Yes the car struck a chord, and although the rear seat was not as accessible as a regular 3 box sedan...it was hyper cool.
Look around today, and every manufacturer has a version of the fastback sedan that looks like a coupe, and after countless years and styling exercises, the sedan has from our perspective finally acquired an additional cool factor.
Where is the dark green 1963 Buick Wildcat 4 door Hardtop with the bucket seats?