Sam Pack Collection

14-15 November 2014

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Lot 128

1959 Buick Invicta Hardtop Coupe Custom "Peaches & Cream" by Richard Zocchi

  • Chassis no. 6F2014480

Sold for $44,000


325 bhp, 401 cu. in. Nailhead V-8 engine, automatic transmission, lowered independent front suspension with modified spindles, control arms, and coil springs, live rear axle with air ride, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

  • Built and designed by Richard Zocchi and painted by Art Himsl; Striking “peaches and cream” color scheme; Recipient of a Goodguys’ Custom d’Elegance Award


When custom car creation was virtually at a standstill, Richard Zocchi inspired the resurgence of customizing 1950s cars in the 1970s. Since that time, Zocchi has designed and built countless customs that have gone on to win many prestigious national awards, and there’s no doubt that his designs have inspired even more.

This Invicta, appropriately dubbed Peaches & Cream, is a masterpiece of design and a beautiful example of Zocchi’s incredible style and attention to detail. The factory Buick body is certainly among the most challenging of all platforms to consider. The sweeping roofline had been chopped 2.5 inches and reshaped. Buick’s iconic stock headlamps were retained, as was the heavy fender line, which perfectly accentuated the personified Invicta face and continued all the way to the tail lamps. Headlight rings that had been sourced from a 1958 Mercury had been “frenched” into the tail lamps, and an endless array of subtle body and trim modifications can be seen by the trained eye, further accentuating the visual allure of this custom.

Following all of the metal finessing, the car was handed off to renowned master painter Art Himsl. Rich peach-colored hues were combined with cream accents and covered with a gold pearl topcoat, while subtle silver pinstriping separates each section. Peach and cream-colored leather was used to create the rolled and squared pleating that covers the seats, door panels, headliner, and trunk areas.

Upon completion, Peaches & Cream received the Goodguys’ Custom d’Elegance Award, which acknowledged it as a world premier custom car. This Invicta is a striking visual masterpiece that is unlike any other, and it is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

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Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more