Everyone has their favorite muscle car, but quite honestly, few
could match the Buick GS's muscle. With a towering 510 pounds of
torque, it was arguably the fastest machine on the streets. This
stunning 1970 GS455 is a great example that has a tough look to
match all of that brutal horsepower, and it's been beautifully
restored to look right.
To answer your first question, yes, this is a real GS. Finished in code 14 Silver Mist, it's one of the less common GS colors and truly emphasizes what a special car the Grand Sport really was. Dressed for success, the big Buick was upscale instead of a street brawler, and brought serious class to a segment that seemed to only care about horsepower. The restoration brought this one to a very high level, with a great gloss on the surface and straight, clean sheetmetal underneath. There are a few signs of use, but for a car that can generate speed as easily as this one does, they're surprisingly minor, and we love the way the silver look without a vinyl top, which was a familiar sight on Buicks that year. Those unique GS grilles are superb, the red-accented rocker panel trim is bright, and the twin-snorkel hood adds to the racy vibe. Chrome bumpers were part of the Buick image, and they shine up beautifully, adding a bit of elegance to the otherwise high-performance coupe. The sucker looks fast just sitting still.
Buick's big advantage, aside from massive torque, was its luxury background. No longer did you have to suffer in discomfort to own the fastest car in town, and the attractive black bench seat interior invites you to drive. In truth, it's low-key, which is perfect for a Buick, and once you're there, you'll find nicely refinished gauges, a trio of auxiliary dials under the dash, and accurate components throughout the interior, including the door panels and headliner. There's an AM ratio that's period-correct and blends right in and as a Buick, factory A/C was part of the package, although this system needs to be serviced. Other luxury features include a tilt steering column, remote side mirror, and it's quite possible that the back seat is original, so you know that this was always a nice car. The trunk is solid an clean with painted floor pans that leave problems no place to hide.
The GS's claim to fame was the massive 455 cubic inch V8 under the hood. This one has been rebuilt to stock specs, so the most potent engine in 1970 is every bit as much fun to drive today. Unlike a lot of its peers, it hasn't been upgraded with aftermarket parts, and still carries its OEM intake manifold, carburetor, heads, and exhaust manifolds. Nicely detailed with Dante Red paint on the valve covers, a correct twin-snorkel air cleaner, and accurate finishes throughout, it looks quite fresh and runs great. It's backed by a stout TH400 3-speed automatic transmission that has also been rebuilt at some point, and there's a fresh Magnaflow exhaust that sounds fantastic. They've also added a rear sway bar to tighten up the handling a bit and the brakes have been recently serviced with a new master cylinder and power booster. Gorgeous Buick Road Wheels have been painted black and carry 225/70/14 BFGoodrich T/A radials that fill the fenders perfectly.
Gorgeous, fast, and very nicely finished, this icy silver GS is what all muscle cars want to be when they grow up. Call today!