One of the first American marquees was Buick when it was established in 1899 by David Dunbar Buick. General Motors was established in 1908 thanks to Buicks popularity. Later, Buick became GM’s premium brand targeting the wealthy of North America. The only marquee above Buick was the upscale luxury brand Cadillac. As of today, Buick’s largest market is China, with almost 80% of sales originating from there. In 1965 Buick introduced the “Gran Sport” name for high-performance cars built by Buick. The beauty of the GS cars was that they were a perfect blend of high-performance, luxury appointments and comfort. The first GS was the Skylark in 1965, which was eventually replaced by the Gran Sport 455. A rare chance to own a magnificent piece of performance history is now at hand in the form of this 1970 Buick GS 455 convertible with 91,287 miles on the odometer and the best part being that the seller reports it to be a one owner car.
Painted in Fire Red, this 1970 Buick GS 455 convertible is a sight to behold with the combination of chrome and red. The front features a log hood with air vents and a contoured sporty design. The front of the car tapers from the sides to form a wedge in the middle of the chrome egg-crate design grille. Dual headlights are present in chrome housing. A pair of signal lights are embedded within the front chrome bumper. The front quarter of the car features the “GS 455” emblems. The rear is host to the massive chrome bumper, which has embedded taillights and the “GS” badge. The convertible top is done in a contrasting white, while the car sits on a set of OEM vintage wheels painted in silver with the Buick logo on the hubcaps. White leather is equipped for the interior. Leather was used on the seats and doors. The front leather bench seat features vertical stitching onto the patterned leather. The vintage two-spoke steering wheel is done in rubber, while behind it, you can see the various gauges in square housings.
Powering the 1970 Buick GS 455 convertible is a 455ci (7.5L) V8 engine coupled to an automatic transmission. The hood scoops function well in providing cold air to the engine’s combustion chambers. It is reported that the GS 455 has a power rating of 350hp along with 510 lb.ft of torque.
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