2024 Barrett-Jackson Cup Top Five Finalist Revealed – 1960 Buick Invicta

From the Cal Auto Creations Comes Muti-Award Winning X60 Invicta Custom

By Brian Brennan   –   Photography By Author

It’s day two of the Barret-Jackson Cup Top Five finalists here at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona. Day two of the reveal sees the truly amazing and multi-award-winning ’60 Buick titled the X60 Invicta custom belonging to George and Angela Eliacostas and skillfully built by Cal Auto Creations under the watchful eye of Andy Leach.

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These cars of the ‘60s were often referred to, based on an overall length of 222 inches and the moniker of “land yacht” because of their physical size. The X60 custom retains the factory-correct 401-inch Nailhead that now sports a crank-driven supercharger via all custom bracketry courtesy of Cal Auto Creations. The V-8 is then backed up to a Bowler Performance prepped 4L80E automatic transmission. Also included are accessories such as power steering and a Vintage Air A/C system.

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Inside you will find, besides the Vintage Air, a GM Wonderbar radio that has undergone today’s touch with Bluetooth technology, digital instrumentation, and brand-new vintage stock seat and headliner material. The vintage-appearing material is stitched over the rare Invicta hardback bucket seats.

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The one-of-a-kind wheels appear to be vintage, but they are modern billet representations and are covered in what appear to be wide whites. The nine-piece interlocking wheels that measure 19×9 and 19×11 are machined with faux white wall tires giving the illusion of vintage rubber. The rubber is modern, but the looks are vintage. All the chrome and polished trim on the car, of which there is a massive amount fell to the pros at Advanced Plating for the stunning brightwork.

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The chassis is fully customized with a one-off IRS four-link with machined upper and lower control arms. Six-piston rear and four-piston calipers by way of Baer Brakes are employed along with Penske coilover shocks.

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A closer look at the sheetmetal gives the appearance of factory stock but does feature the front wedge cut some 2 inches, the front wheel opening is moved forward 1-1/2 inches, and the motor and firewall were recessed some 6 inches. The hood was lengthened while the cowl area was shortened but there is still more. Look for a full feature on this amazing build in an upcoming issue of Modern Rodding.

This truly amazing street cruiser is a multi-award-winning effort having taken home the 2023 Grand National Roadster Show Slonaker Award, the Championship Auto Show Series Legend Cup, The Triple Crown of Rodding Street Cruiser of the Year, a CPP Elite 10, and other awards for this build. MR

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