Blue Suede Shoes 1959 Buick Invicta Custom Headed To Barrett-Jackson15
The Buick Invicta bowed for the 1959 model year as the full-size performance replacement for the Buick Century. Style was the name of the game as the Invicta featured design lines that ran from the eyebrows over horizontally arranged double headlights all the way to the diagonally-canted rear fins. The Balfour cloth interior was available in four colors and matched that of the LeSabre, with the addition of a deluxe steering wheel, an electric clock, and an instrument panel cover.
The Buick Invicta could be had in two-door hardtop, two-door convertible, four-door hardtop, four-door sedan, or four-door wagon configurations. Equipped with the Nailhead 401 cubic-inch V8, the Invicta produced 325 horsepower.
Our feature 1959 Buick Invicta, known as “Blue Suede Shoes,” bears little resemblance to its factory specification. As the subject of an eighteen month-long build by Kindig-It Designs for the TV show Bitchin’ Rides, over thirteen thousand hours and $715,000 was invested to create the stunning SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show car. This Invicta has received numerous awards including Top Five Hot August Nights, Top Twelve Finalist Goodguys Custom of the Year, Multiple Goodguys Builders Choice Awards, Best in Show at Kool Deadwood Nights, Best in Show at Counts Car Show, Top Five Dickinson Car Show, and many other Best in Show or Best in Class trophies.
Finished in masterfully applied deep blue and white, many custom touches have been incorporated into the Invicta’s exterior. The custom grille is a cast-molded assembly, the door handles have been sculpted into the side trim, and the unique EVOD wheels have wide whitewalls built into them. Wilwood power disc brakes tend to stopping duties.
Inside the Buick Invicta, the fully custom interior by JS Interiors of Salt Lake City is awash in blue suede and leather with contrasting white stitching and brown accents. The seats all feature baseball glove-style lacing in the centers. Custom Dakota Digital gauges reside in the dash, and a full Kicker IQ sound tends to the auditory entertainment. The interior theme is carried into the trunk, with the same blue leather, suede, stitching and lacing used throughout.
Powering the Buick Invicta is a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 backed by a GM Performance 4L80E automatic transmission. The LSA has been dressed to resemble the original Nailhead engine. The engine bay is beautifully painted and polished in the same glorious blue as the exterior.
This stunning custom Buick Invicta rides on an Art Morrison chassis with a front tubular independent suspension, coilover shocks, and a rear four-link. It has been fully sorted, with multiple long-distance trips to its credit.
This stunning Buick Invicta will cross the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event taking place from January 22nd to the 30th.
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Nice, impressive Style !
Looks like a Batmobile!
It will be interesting to see how much less than the build cost will this go for.
I have seen this car in person a couple of times and the quality of every part of the build is amazing……and it was built to be driven. The Kindig crew does excellent work, only wish I could afford to have them build something for me! Will be interesting to see what it sells for, someone will most likely get a pretty good deal.
$715,000.00 invested….I think the money could have been better spent. It is, however, an impressive build.
Kindig-it also did another 59 Buick on one of their tv shows. I’m not sure if this was the same car, but I believe the grill had several rows of those chrome rectangles.
My Dad had a 59 Invicta, with the optional triple turbine automatic. It was a fast car, that you would not want to see in your rearview mirror at night! The standard grill was a heavy thick chrome piece with a lot of detail.
I have seen better resto-rods with a lot more mogs with less then half of that money. That is insane. That makes no sense.
Why is dude selling it?
The owner died.
Isn’t this the same guy that dropped a million on restoring the Futureliner?
As I recall they are different people…….I think Kindig may have built another vehicle for the guy with the Futureliner prior to it……same new episode has a couple shots of that build also.
Yes he did. I was wondering why he was selling it so I looked into it. Ron side in May of 2021. Too bad we lost a good car guy
They said it took 34k hours to restore the Futureliner.
I love Kindigit’s builds, but geez only the wealthy can afford to have them do anything for you, well, anything like this completely ground up custom.
13k hours? I don’t believe that. It was said the Copper Caddy took 5k hours