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1960 Buick Invicta
The 1960 Buick Invicta Convertible

1960 Buick Invicta

The Buick Invicta was the middle of the road among the lineup of Buick models in 1960. The full sized vehicle offered a variety of body styles including a 2 door convertible and a 4 door station wagon. It came equipped with standard features found in the Buick LeSabre plus Turbine Drive transmission, electric clock, automatic trunk light, deluxe steering wheel, license plate frame and deluxe wheel covers.

The 1960 Invicta took a step back towards the modest direction from the 1959 model. The headlights were now placed side by side and the hood was lowered for a better sight-line. On the inside, a new trim package was available that offered bucket seats plus the instrument panel was all new with lights for various gauges.

1960 Buick Invicta Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Invicta Series
4600 4619 4 Dr Sedan - 6P

$3,357

4,324 lbs 10,839
4600 4639 4 Dr Hardtop - 6P $3,515 4,365 lbs 15,300
4600 4637 2 Dr Hardtop - 6P $3,447 4,255 lbs 8,960
4600 4667 2 Dr Convertible Coupe - 6P $3,620 4,347 lbs 5,236
4600 4645 4 Dr Station Wagon - 8P $3,948 4,679 lbs 1,605
4600 4635 4 Dr Station Wagon - 6P $3,841 4,644 lbs 3,471

Chassis Specifications

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Invicta 123 in 217.9 in 62.2 in 60 in 7.60 x 15

VIN Numbers

Serial numbers are located on the drivers side hinge pillar post, above the instrument panel.

First Symbol - Model & Series
4 = 4400 - LeSabre 7 = 4700 - Electra
6 = 4600 - Invicta 8 = 4800 - Electra 225
Second Symbol - Model Year
A = 1954 B = 1955 C = 1956 D = 1957 E = 1958
F = 1959 G = 1960 H = 1961 I = 1962 J = 1963
Third Symbol - Assembly Plant
(1) Flint, Michigan (5) Wilmington, Delaware
(2) South Gate, California (6) Atlanta, Georgia
(3) Linden, New Jersey (7) Framingham, Massachusetts
(4) Kansas City, Kansas (8) Arlington, Texas
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
The final six numbers are the numerical sequence of the assembly at the plant.

Transmission - Synchro-Mesh transmission standard on LeSabre, not available in other series. Turbine Drive transmission optional on LeSabre, standard on Invicta, and Electra 225. Turbine Drive transmission, torque converter type. Fully automatic, two turbines, variable-pitch stator and fixed-vane stator. Maximum torque ratio in Drive range at stall, 3.4 to 1. Total oil capacity (refill), 12 quarts.

Suspension - Ball-joint suspension, coil springs front and rear, true-balance stabilizer, track bar, hydraulic shock absorbers front and rear.

Rear Axle - Buick Torque-Tube, semi-floating rear axle with hypoid gears. Gear ratio: 3.58 to 1 with Synchro-Mesh trans- mission, 3.07 to 1 with Turbine Drive transmission, 3.23 to 1 with Turbine Drive and Power Pack.

Brakes - Hydraulic. Air-cooled, finned aluminum brake drums front; air-cooled, finned cast iron brake drums rear. Total lining area 218.03 square inches. Step-on parking brake. Power brakes standard on Electra and Electra 225, optional on Invicta and LeSabre.

Frame - Box-section side rails with "K" type crossmember.

Fuel System - Built-in carburetor de-icer, automatjc choke and idling control standard on all models. Two-stage filtering system includes filter in fuel tank plus extra fine filter at the carburetor. New polyurethane air cleaner element provides far more efficient cleaning. 20-gallon fuel tank.

Exhaust System - Single muffler for both banks of cylinders is mounted crosswise to the frame. Heavy zinc and aluminum coatings of muffler parts promote long life. Dual exhaust standard on Electra 225.

Cooling System - Pressure system. Capacity: with he; quarts; without heater 17 quarts.

Steering-Manual steering: standard recirculating ball-nut type. Ratio 29.3 to 1. Easy Power Steering is standard on Electra 225, optional on LeSabre and Invicta.

Electrical System - 12 volt. Delco-Remy system.

Wheels and Tires - Full 15-inch wheels. 7.60 x 15 Tyrex cord tires standard on LeSabre and Invicta; 8.00 x 15 tires standard on Electra 225. Whitewall tires optional.

Some of the other rare and neat options for the 60' Buick consisted of:

  • Mirromagic instrument panel
  • Direction signals
  • Air-flo aluminum brake drums
  • Full-flow oil filter
  • Electric windshield wipers
  • Automatic glove compartment light
  • Trip- mileage indicator
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Dual sliding sunshades
  • Step-on parking brake
  • Magic-Mirror finish
  • Crank-operated front window vents
  • Safety PLATE glass in every window (except rear)
  • Dual horns
  • Built-in carburetor de-icer
  • Single- key locking system
  • Full 15-inch wheels
  • Instrument panel safety pad
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