1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 for sale
This stunning vehicle is for sale. It is currently listed on eBay - search
for seller's username: adidas0349 (Video was shot on 2/6/2011)
Jeff Brock Bonneville Buick
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1966 Buick Convertible Barn Find Rescue, Part 1
This is the story of a '66 Buick Special convertible that had been
abandoned in Arizona in 1978 by the family of Rick Pewe, editor of 4-Wheel
& Off-Road magazine. In 2011, the guys from HOT ROD Magazine, in
conjunction with Rick, spent four days bringing the car back from the dead
with plans to drive it home from Phoenix to Los Angeles. This is part 1,
with the hacking fun the guys had rescuing the car. Look for part two,
loaded with road-trip hilarity. The story is printed in the September 2011
issue of HOT ROD Magazine.
2013 and 2014 Buick Encore Review and Road Test with IntelliLink Infotainment Review
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Buick's been on a roll this year, their sales are up and their owner
demographics are younger than they have been in recent memory. The cynic in
my says that's because half their clientele died of old age, but it has
more to do with their product portfolio. Say what? Yep, it's true, the
brand I wrote off for dead last decade is targeting younger buyers with
designs imported from Europe and finding sales success. The Verano turbo shattered my preconceptions, but can Buick
do it again? A brown Encore arrived one rainy morning to see if it was
The Encore isn't new, but neither is it an American rehash of a tired Euro
model. Instead, it is "badge engineering" 21st century style. When I was a
kid you knew a new Buick was coming when Chevy or Oldsmobile announced a
new product. You also knew what to expect: the same sheetmetal with a Buick
logo on the grille and some padded velour thrones. 30 years later Buick is
up to the same old game with an important twist: Buick takes Opel models
from Europe. Consequently you won't find a brother-from-another-mother
running around with a Chevy logo.
Like its sister-ship, the Opel Mokka, the Encore is a small
crossover/hatchback closely related to GM's other small car offerings. Euro
origins are obvious when you park the Encore in an American parking spot,
this Buick is tiny. The Encore's tall profile further accentuates the
Encore's 168-inch overall length, which is surprisingly 6-inches longer
than a MINI Countryman.
The Encore isn't a terribly expensive crossover starting at $24,950 and
ending at $31,110 for a full-loaded AWD model. Despite the low starting
price, the cabin makes extensive use of soft touch plastics lending a more
premium feel to the cabin than vehicles like the MINI Countryman, Acura TSX
or Lexus CT. Speaking of MINI, the Countryman, (like the rest of the MINI
lineup) is a mixture of trickle-down BMW technology, great switchgear,
high-style, cheesy plastics and chintzy headliners. Of course MINI's
biggest asset is brand perception while Buick's brand is more of a
liability in some demographics. That's really a shame because the Encore
has not only a quality feel but a very uniform feel as well. While MINI's
cabins are full of highs and lows, everything in the Encore is consistently
a notch above the rabble. Equipping the Contryman and Encore as closely as
possible reveals the Encore is about $1,500 cheaper once you add to the
MINI the features standard on the Encore. Comparing the top-trim of the
Encore to the MINI the difference grows to $3,800 in the Encore's favor.
Want AWD? The difference grows by about three-grand.
The Encore may be small, but the interior is spacious thanks to the tall
profile, stubby nose and upright seats. Taller folks will have no problems
getting into or out of the front or rear seats thanks to large door
openings and a low step-in height. I grabbed a few willing tall people for
lunch and successfully (and comfortably) took two 6'5" passengers, one 6'2
gentleman and myself (6') on a 50 minute trek to the prefect burger joint
without a single complaint.
Because the Encore shares seat frames with GM sedans, there are a few
compromises. The lack of a power recline mechanism seems odd, especially
considering the 2-positon memory seat found in our tester. Using the sale
seat frames and rails as a sedan or coupé meant creating some unusual
"platforms" in the floor stamping so the seats could be mounted high to get
an SUV-like seating position. Consequently the rear footwells might be a
problem for big-footed passengers on long trips. A manual front passenger
seat is standard, but most models on dealer lots have the optional power
The Encore uses the same 1.4L four-cylinder engine as the Chevy Sonic and
Cruze. Producing 140 HP at 4,900 RPM this mill isn't targeted at speed
addicts. On the bright side, thanks to a turbocharger and some direct-injection magic, the
engine manages 148 lb-ft of twist from 1,850-4,900RPM and under certain
circumstances it will allow an "overBoost" to 163 lb-ft over the same range for up
to 10 seconds.
My opinion of the diminutive engine changed constantly during my week with
the Encore. In the city the low-end torque provided by the turbo and the low first gear make easy work of
0-40 MPH traffic and the Encore effortlessly zipped into narrow gaps on
busy expressways. Thanks to the way the throttle is mapped the engine
doesn't feel out of breath cruising on the highway, until you need to pass
someone as getting from 60 to 80 MPH takes a Prius-like 8 seconds. Load the
Encore up with two people and some luggage and forward progress is
noticeably stunted in all situations. However, every time I wished for more
power I glanced down at my fuel economy and was reminded that more power
consumes more gasoline.
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Buick - History Documentary (1995)
This video is a wonderfully-done documentary, written and produced by
Michael Rose, on the history of Buick as presented in 1995 from the History
Channel's archive. Here is Michael's description of the video verbatim:
"No one would have believed that the tinkering of a plumber would turn into
the foundation of the world's largest corporation. But it did. David Dunbar
Buick invented a process to adhere porcelain to tubs and other bathroom
fixtures. But the Scottish immigrant dreamed of making a mark out of the
bathroom, and set to work building a car. By 1900, he enlisted the aid of
another inventor, Walter Marr, and they built their first vehicle. Their
invention attracted the attention of one of Michigan's wealthiest men,
William Crapo Durant, the president of the world's largest buggy-building
business. As soon as he drove one of Buick's early creations, Durant
realized that the days of the horse and buggy were over. He teamed up with
Buick, and the two went on to make history. By the thirties, Buicks were
regarded as some of the finest cars ever made. From the first Buicks
through the birth of General Motors and into history, this is the
compelling story of the partnership that eventually became the basis for
the largest company in the world."
9 Second Buick GSX Stage2 GS Stage1 9.51 @ 140
We originally built this car with Frank Urbinati back in 1996.It debuted at
the GS Nationals where it won the GS Pro Street class races. It was also
the 1st GS Pro Street class car to break into the 9's at the time.Thanks to
Frank this project came to life. Fast forward to 2010 and the car has been
taken over by Bob Ortolani,the car still looks great and Bob decided to
bring it up another level. We were happy to have the car come back to our
shop and to have the opportunity to work with Bob and put together the new
powerplant. The video shows the results of our 1st day out to tune the
engine. The 1st two passes were shakedowns to check fuel/oil pressures and
get a feel for the new combo. By the 3rd run we had posted a 9.62 @ 138
hitting the 7100rpm rev limiter chip! The 4th run was a 9.52 @ 140. On the
5th run it went 9.51 @ 140.65! After a good cool down and a timing
adjustment we were ready to try for a 9.40 run, launching right off idle
the car gave us a nice big unexpected wheelie! The wheelie sure lookes cool
but we know we can go quicker with a little more suspension work to
straighten out the launch and try to keep the front down. We're sure it'll
go into the 9.40's yet and maybe even 30's after everything is worked out.
My cousin Frank Mouthaan's totall rebuild Buick GSX. Listen to the great
sound of a V8 engine making a burnout from 0-100mls in 10secs.!!!!
1970 Buick GS 455 STK # 935 *SOLD*
Buick meant business when they rolled this 1970 GS out on the streets.
Dressed in triple black this GS is mean. Under the hood is a 455ci V8
backed up by an automatic transmission. This GS is optioned with A/C, AM/FM
radio, tilt wheel, power steering, power brakes, vinyl interior, Magnum
rims and radial tires. This GS is one clean cruiser and plenty of power to
lay waste to most cars on the street. If you would like more details give
us a call today at toll free (866) 542-8392 or (704) 598-2130. We also
welcome visitors to our Charlotte, NC showroom every day.
1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Test Drive in Sonoma Wine Country
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1970 Buick Gran Sport for sale from Left Coast Classics in Sonoma
Take a little test drive in this stunning 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 in
Sonoma California. Fully restored and Sloan documented. Finished in
Diplomat Blue with Pearl White interior and white vinyl top. Full
restoration completed in 2009. Car is loaded with all of the best that
Buick had to offer including the GS455 engine and Stage 1 trim package.
Sloan Museum documented and decoded from original GM archives list 20
factory installed options including air conditioning (ice cold), bucket
seats, turbo Hydromatic 400
transmission, center console with storage, power steering, brakes, windows
and power driver's seat and the rare speed waring indicator. Engine
rebuilt, balanced and blue-printed. Drive train, manifold, Exhaust and 3:42 positraction also rebuilt. Era
correct reproduction wide oval lettered G70x14 tires running on correct 14"
chrome plated rims. Rallye clock option replaced with era-correct
tachometer. Sonomatic AM radio in dash. Remote controlled after-market
stereo discretely installed beneath passenger seat using original rear
speaker replacement. Mileage believed to be 134k. Car is restored and
immaculate throughout. Body is tight with no rattles or squeaks. Starts on
first turn of the key and runs beautifully.
Check out the link above for full details, pricing info and detailed photo
gallery. Then give me a call with your best offer.
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134283 / 1970 Buick GS455 Stage 1
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When GM lifted their ban of engines larger than 400 cubic inches in
intermediate cars, the Buick camp responded with a legendary piece of
muscle car history. The GS was the go-to for anyone who put equal emphasis
on pure comfort and brute power. This Sloan-documented 1970 GS 455 is the
beneficiary of an extensive frame-off restoration which has already claimed
some significant awards. Accolades include a Concours Gold First Senior
award at the 2012 Buick Club of America Nationals.
While Buick's GSX made its presence loud and clear with two strong color
options, the GS455 went about things in a slightly more sophisticated way.
This GS 455 wears a refreshing mix of fresh Burgundy Mist and Glacier White
paint for a refined appearance. Only the functional hood scoops hint at the
cars performance capabilities. All brightwork has been polished or
replaced, including the showroom fresh bumpers which were rechromed by
Inside the car, Buick design remains at the forefront. An all new Pearl
White interior from Legendary Auto Interiors offers new carpet, bucket
seats, door panels, and a taut new headliner. Presentation is great thanks
to details like freshly rechromed center console trim and a new steering
wheel. Upgrades include a full Custom Autosound stereo system with direct
The stock Buick 455 was a strong engine, offering a factory rated 360 horsepower and 510
lb. /ft. of torque but this GS takes things to the next level. Lift the
hood and a deceptively stock-appearing bay hosts a fully rebuilt 470ci
Buick motor full of high-quality parts. Built by Tri-Shield Performance,
the block hosts pieces like Diamond forged pistons, Eagle H-beam rods, and
a TA cam. At the top, a ported stock intake works alongside ported and
polished aluminum SE Stage 1 heads to help make a stout 507 horsepower.
Behind that powerhouse, TH400 automatic transmission rebuilt by TSP spins
power back to a 12-bolt rear with versatile 3.31 gears. At either side,
headers connect to a 3-inch dual Exhaust system complete with an X-pipe and
Flowmaster 50 series mufflers. To the rear, a new Quantum fuel tank and
RobbMc fuel pump keep the big Buick properly fed.
During restoration, the frame was sand blasted and painted with an
industrial urethane before being joined by all new suspension components.
Power front disc brakes and rear drums provide plenty of stopping power
while a fully rebuilt power steering system ensures confidence through the
corners. The chassis meets the road through new Wheel Vintiques Buick Rally
wheels wrapped in Goodyear Polylgas tires.
Offering a near-perfect blend of show and go, this award-winning 1970 GS
455 is a great reminder of Buick's performance heritage and a resounding
"Yes" to the old slogan, "Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?"
1970 Buick GS STK 1409
With all the original parts still present and accounted for on this numbers
matching GS Stage 1, restoration merely involved rebuilding and
reinstalling the original engine, then returning each of the individual
components to as-new condition. Every finish was exactly duplicated, from
the front spoiler to the trunk wing. The engine bay looks at least as good
as it did the day it rolled out of the assembly plant (and probably
better). Every detail is correct, from the shift markings on the firewall,
to the stampings on the various parts, to the belts, hoses, and clamps. The
455 cubic inch engine runs ferociously, springing to life with a snarl from
the correct dual Exhaust system. For a
big block, this one sure likes to rev, and you'll want to wind it out
through all four gears with the 4 speed manual any time you get the chance,
just to hear the song it sings. The original heads come with the car and
are ready for installation if total pedigree is what your looking for.
This bright silver paint is about as sinister as they come. As a high
dollar investment grade car, no expense was spared on the body and
paintwork. Extra care was used to retain the original panels and then
straighten them to as new condition even the hood is believed to be the
original piece, as bright silver paint can be seen in the deepest corners
of the scoop. The condition of every component is further proof that this
car lived an easy life. Two stage urethane was used to finish the car, and
it looks spectacular in the sunlight. There's enough metallic to make it
glitter, but the silver is so rich that the term 'bright' does not
correctly describe how deep it looks.
Inside, you'll find the most spectacular original GS Stage 1 interior
you've ever seen. Look at the detailing on the seat pleats, and you'll know
these are artists seat covers. The steering wheel is an original piece,
restored to new condition and not a reproduction, although we cannot
confirm that it this car was originally 1 of 55 GS Stage 1 4 speeds it
doesn't seem all that improbable that the owner would have wanted the much
rarer manual transmission.. Does it hurt the value of the car? Not a bit.
Documentation, as you might imagine, is extensive. We have all the photos
from the restoration, which also shows the vital casting numbers and
stampings that you can't see any more now that the car is assembled. We
also have the build sheet, which is a nice bit of history. We have a pile
of receipts for all the restoration work. Then there's the experts, which
say of this car that it was one of the cleanest, most authentic and
original GS Stage 1's they have ever seen, and one of only a handful that
still carries the numbers matching 455 cubic inch with the 4 speed.
This vehicle is located in our Charlotte, NC showroom. For more
information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.
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