"THE INVICTA" is a California Custom originally owned & built by the late Manuel Arteche of Woodland, CA. It has been a Cover Car/Feature Car in Custom Rodder, Rod & Custom, The National Buick Club Magazine, etc.
And it has been a Show Car Winner at the Oakland Roadster Show, Sacramento Autorama, St. Louis World of Wheels, etc., as seen below.
It features 10 coats of Candy/Laser Red Paint with a Gold Metalflake Top. The interior is from a 1963 Riviera. Engine/Trans: Nailhead 401/Dynaflow. PS/PB. Suspension is modified with Hydraulics front & rear.
Custom Features: Body shaved, dechromed, nosed, decked & molded. Hood/Front Fenders reshaped, molded to frame 1958 Buick Grille and Lucas Tri-Bar Headlights. Taillights Frenched. Bumpers Reworked/Rechromed. Electric Doors & Trunk. Gas Filler Door welded shut with filler in trunk.
All Interior Hardware Rechromed/All rubber moldings replaced. Steering Wheel stock/restored with center bullet. Stereo System: Pioneer AM/FM Cassette with 6-disc CD Changer in trunk. Engine Features Moon Valve Covers & Voltage Regulator Cover. CoolFlex Chrome Hoses.
HERE'S A PARTIAL LIST OF SOME OF THE "INVICTA'S" AWARDS:
Winner "Best In Class" Award: St. Louis World Of Wheels Show (2001)
Winner "Outstanding Low Rider" Award: St. Louis World Of Wheels Show (2001)
Feature Car: 2nd Annual Harrah's Casino Car Show Extravaganza (2001)
Winner "Outstanding Mild Custom" Award: GNRS / Oakland Roadster Show (1998)
Winner "Outstanding Mild Custom" Award: Sacramento Autorama (1999)
One Of "Rod & Custom" Magazines "Top 100 Best" For 1998
Feature Car: "Custom Rodder" Magazine (September, 1998)
Cover Car/Feature Car: "Rod & Custom" Magazine (January, 1999)
Cover Car/Feature Car: "The Buick Bugle" (Buick Club Of America) Magazine (November, 2004)
Above Left: The Invicta at the 2001 St. Louis World Of Wheels Show; Above Right: The Invicta as Featured Car at the July 15, 2001 2nd Annual Harrah's Casino Car Show Extravaganza.
THIS CAR WAS ORIGINALLY owned & created by Manuel Arteche. Manuel was a nationally famous Upholsterer/Builder from Woodland,CA.
The Invicta has a complete 1963 Riviera Interior,including console. Manuel upholstered it with a tuck & roll interior of Pearl White Naugahyde. He also handcrafted the'58 Buick Grille and many other parts for this beautiful machine. Manuel died in October, 1999 and I purchased this true "Dream Car" of mine in October of 2000.
The major body and paint work was done by Don Honstein of Sacramento, California...an "America's Best Paint" Award Winner.
The Invicta is now on loan to and a featured vehicle at Darryl Starbird's "National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame and Museum" in Afton,Oklahoma. JK
MANUEL ARTECHE'S NATIONAL ROD & CUSTOM CAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 5th, 2004...
Manuel Arteche' received many Awards in recognition of skills and craftsmanship, and was a fixture for over 30 years on the California Custom scene.
In 2004 he was inducted Posthumously into Darryl Starbird's "National Rod & Custom Hall of Fame & Museum". I was proud to accept the Award for Manuel and his family. He was the BEST !
(Full coverage and photos of the 2004 9th Anniversary Ceremonies can be found in the October, 2004 issue of "Street Rodder", and the November, 2004 issue of "Custom Rodder" in Chris Shelton's "Hall of Fame" section of each issue.)
SPECIAL NOTE: BE SURE TO SEE "THE MANUEL ARTECHE TRIBUTE PAGE" to hear stories from JOHN D'AGOSTINO, and, JERRY WEESNER about Manuel and his craftsmanship. Simply Click-On-Here ...and you're on your way. JK