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Buick Invicta Four Door
Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, August 14, 2017 9:43 AM

What I am looking for is the 59 Buick Invicta 4 Door . They did have a four door Olds with the flat " Vista Top " You know the one with the wrap - around back window that made us think " Bubble " tops weren't far off .

 I would love to find one . Or at least the Buick Invicta convertible by AMT .

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    September, 2011
Posted by Arthur Anderson on Monday, February 12, 2018 8:44 PM

oldcarguy

What I am looking for is the 59 Buick Invicta 4 Door . They did have a four door Olds with the flat " Vista Top " You know the one with the wrap - around back window that made us think " Bubble " tops weren't far off 

 I would love to find one . Or at least the Buick Invicta convertible by AMT .

 

It can be done, and not all that expensive to accomplish.  For starters, every '59 GM Division used the very same "B" body structure (the roof is the visible part of the body structure) in 1959, for reasons  (well documented in historical automobile publications) I won't go into here.  Such a project will require (of course!) an AMT '59 Buick kit--it can be the convertible, BTW), plus a JoHan (or JoHan's X-EL retro-promo) 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special, for the roof, and the windshield framing (all the way down to the base of the A-pillars (this is because '59 GM sedans all had a windshield and roof that is noticeably taller than the Convertible/Hardtop roofline and windshield.  This will require some careful cutting out of the Cadillac sedan roof (which BTW is the only dimensionally correct portion of that model body shell--it's perfectly correct) down into the upper surface of the rear deck area, then opening up the interior area to the rear to accept this portion of the body.  The same will go for the windshield frame--the only correct height '59 GM windshield is the one on the excellent AMT '59 El Camino--that's the same as all the sedan and station wagon bodies.  Some planning, careful cutting, then blending the above mentioned components will get you there!

I did this very conversion on the Monogram '59 Impala kit when doing a master for resin casting (I know the dimensions are correct, as I had a REAL '59 Biscayne sedan at the time, did all the measurements and found that the parts in question were perfect for the job.  Here is the finished resin body, painted and built up (the only difference between this 2dr and the 4dr will be the length of the front doors and adding the rear door panel lines, and the rear framing for the rear door glass :

 

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