This 1972 Buick GS 455 is a car at the true end of an era. Buick
seemed to be one of the final holdouts in the muscle car wars. And
this big block, high-performance V8 under the hood of this highly
original coupe was its last stand before being overburdened with
regulations. So buying this Buick is like owning The Alamo.
The factory-correct Deep Chestnut has a nice touch of metallic to
the right look for a 1970s premium coupe. This is a respray, but it
happened later in life so that it has the right touches of aged-in
grace. That's important here because, as you look at the full
package, you will see a highly original car that loves to have a
vintage vibe. And that's irresistible for those of us who
appreciate true classics. This one loves to show off the details.
It's in subtle pieces, like the black stripe package that helps
highlight the good body lines. And there are more obvious pieces,
like the tan vinyl roof that is an instant stand out while still
fitting in with the earth-tone color of the paint. Plus, this was
one of the final years before chrome bumpers had to sacrifice style
for federal regulation. You see it especially in the rear, where
the one-piece bumper creates an entire panel that's crafted to
integrate the angular rear fenders, low trunk, and dual exhaust.
While this was mature styling at its finest, the Grand Sport lived
up to the latter part of its name with aggressive features like red
striping on the rocker panels, the functional hood scoops, a
full-width rear spoiler, and the iconic Buick Rallye wheels.
The saddle tan interior is a great color to look upscale and be in
harmony with the exterior colors. This GS was in the intermediate
size class with plenty of room for family and friends, and the
classic two rows of bench seats are a nice reminder of that. But
any time you're looking for a more individualized driver
experience, there is a fold-down center armrest. Being very vintage
means making sure the right details are in place. You have smooth
wood-like trim, a stock AM/FM radio for a display, sporty
perforated inserts in the seats, and provisions for factory air
conditioning (it will need servicing to blow cold again.) And when
you open the door, the dome lights still greet you. But the best
1970s feature is the tingle of true American muscle that you get
every time you turn the key.
With such an impressive presentation so far, you won't be surprised
to know that this one carries a correct-style 455 cubic-inch V8
with a four-barrel carb on top. Plus, the consignor believes it's
the original motor. You'll love lifting the hood and showing off
the bold GS 455 callout in front of the correct air element and
gaskets that connect this to the fresh scoops on the outside. The
clean presentation tells you this has been properly maintained, and
so it fires up eagerly with a nice tune from the dual exhaust and
Flowmaster mufflers. The big block is correctly mated to a TH400
three-speed transmission, so you get a stout construction and easy
automatic shifting. Plus, you have power steering, power brakes
w/discs up front, and wide BF Goodrich T/As to deliver a quality
feeling on the road.
This is the end of an era, but Buick went out with a loud rumble
instead of a whimper. There were only about 7,700 of these final GS
455 coupes produced. It's a great legacy vehicle that does not come
up for grabs very often. Call today!!!