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1970 Buick GS455

Documented Numbers Matching Frame Off Restored GS455 455 V8 TH400 Factory A/C
Stock #
135159
Body Style
Hardtop
Engine
455 V8
Exterior Color
Gulfstream Blue & Glacier White
Interior Color
Blue
Miles
75406

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  • Original 455 cubic inch V8 / Port-matched heads upgraded with Stage 1 valves
  • Factory power steering
  • Mostly-original sheetmetal / Correct Gulfstream Blue and Glacier White paint
  • Fully documented
  • Correct Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Upgraded with factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Correct Blue vinyl interior
  • Correct 10-bolt rear axle / Posi-traction differential / 3.42 gears
  • Upgraded with polished Buick Rallye wheels
  • Correct Frigidaire air conditioning

SUMMARY

  • Owned by one family for 39 years / Ground-up restoration completed in 2010
  • Original 455 cubic inch V8 / Port-matched heads upgraded with Stage 1 valves
  • Correct Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Mostly-original sheetmetal / Correct Gulfstream Blue and Glacier White paint
  • Correct Blue vinyl interior
  • Correct Frigidaire air conditioning
  • Correct 10-bolt rear axle / Posi-traction differential / 3.42 gears
  • Sale includes an original build sheet, restoration photos, restoration receipts and a cam card
  • Upgraded with polished Buick Rallye wheels
  • Factory power steering / Upgraded with factory power front disc and rear drum brakes

When most customers begin their search for an old school muscle car to drive and enjoy, they usually have three basic criteria. First and foremost, they want something that’s super cool. Secondly, they want something that’s reliable. And last but not least, they want something that doesn’t require a second job to finance. Fortunately the gearheads at RK Motors Charlotte pride themselves on specializing in first rate classics of all kinds, and they always have cars, like this awesome 1970 Buick GS455, that are a perfect fit for anyone. Sporting an upgraded, original 455, an original Turbo-Hydramatic 400 and super rare white on blue aesthetics, this coupe is certainly some of the coolest metal to ever roll out of Detroit. Thanks to a professional, ground-up restoration, the car can be driven and enjoyed for years without worry. And as a fully documented, fully sorted classic that’s priced at only $50K, it’s the bargain of the century! If you’re in the market for some spectacular muscle that mixes tons of character with an unbeatable price, we have the car for you!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Decked in a rare Gulfstream Blue and Glacier White business suit, this awesome Buick rolled off GM’s Kansas City assembly line during the second week of December, 1969 to begin a long life patrolling the block. After 39 years serving the same family, the car was booked at Ohio’s JC Auto Body with hopes of turning over a new leaf. But, when the family decided it didn’t have the means to bond thorough rehabilitation, the shop’s owner took the case by purchasing the car and getting right down to business. During its ground-up restoration, the body’s all-original sheetmetal was fitted with a small trunk patch and worked to better-than-new condition. Fresh Gulfstream Blue and Glacier White digs came courtesy of modern 2-stage paint. And, in the summer of 2010, this Buick reintegrated as a rare and unique classic that’s exactly the kind of all-business, no-nonsense muscle car Buick always intended it to be.

By 1970, Buick had pretty much perfected its top dog performance offerings both mechanically and aesthetically. At the front of this coupe, a clean, silver grille hangs a bold GS emblem between a heavy bumper, chrome-trimmed headlights and clear parking lamps. Behind that grille, a scooped hood hides correctly recessed wipers at the base of factory tint glass and factory-spec stainless. At the sides of that hood, a Buick-branded mirror and traditional door handles perfectly complement bright marker lamps, red-trimmed rocker guards and red-trimmed GS ornamentation. And at the back of the car, a massive bumper centers a classy “BUICK” script between clear tail lamps, correct deck trim and a fourth, red-trimmed “GS” emblem.

ENGINE

While the exterior of this slick A-Body does an excellent job of upholding GM Design’s world-class visual aesthetics, the engine compartment is where purists REALLY start to take notice. And for good reason too, because the original, 455 cubic inch V8 that’s bolted between the car’s freshly detailed fenders is the kind of killer powerhouse that makes people either put up or shut up. Turn the key and an original Quadrajet carburetor, rebuilt by the pros at All American Carburetors of Orange Park, Florida, mixes air from a black, dual-snorkel cleaner with fuel that’s supplied by carefully bent stainless, and shoves it into a correct, cast iron intake. That intake feeds port-matched heads, which have been carefully upgraded with Stage 1-spec valves. Those heads are bumped by a modern Comp cam, which is hooked to a familiar points distributor and high quality Packard TV R Suppression cables. Spent gases are jetted through correct, cast iron manifolds, which ride under traditional, stamped steel valve covers. And cooling is provided by a correct, heavy duty radiator, which circulates water around an old school Frigidaire AC system via GM-branded hoses and reproduction tower clamps. The bright red block looks fantastic, framed in Satin Black fenders and dressed in an array of correct decals. Well-planned details, like an authentic Delco Moraine brake booster, a Saginaw steering box and a reproduction Delco battery, prove someone spent a lot of time executing this Buick’s top-notch restoration. And naturally, the monster mill, which was professionally rebuilt by engine guru John Chamberlain, carries a correct “SR” assembly stamp behind a matching partial VIN.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Under this Buick, it’s just as the factory planned, except with much more precision and, subsequently, much more appeal. A correct, “BA” branded Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed, which was overhauled by Janis Transmissions of Akron, Ohio, sends power to a 10-bolt, posi-traction rear end that’s equipped with familiar, 3.42 gears. Holding that killer drivetrain off the ground is a familiar double A-arm front and 4-link rear suspension that’s equipped with factory power steering. During restoration, power-assisted drums were supplemented with the increased safety of power front discs. On the outside of those brakes, capped, 14-inch wheels were replaced by polished Rallyes and fresh G60-15 Goodyear Polyglas GTs. The aforementioned manifolds dump spent gases in to an authentic sounding Gardner exhaust system. The car’s frame, free of any major damage, is painted black to match its smooth, satin floors. And, in keeping with the 455 up top, much attention has been paid to making sure everything under this coupe is clean, mean and ready to go!

INTERIOR

Pop the sculpted doors and you’ll find a correct code 121 Blue vinyl interior that’s still restoration-fresh in virtually every way. Comfy seats and fade-free door panels mix with a stain-free headliner and clean carpet to continue the placid feeling of the car’s Gulfstream Blue exterior. In front of those seats, a pliable dash hangs fresh wood trim and crystal clear telemetry above correct factory climate control and an era-correct AM/FM radio. At the base of those seats, you’ll find heavy duty, tri-shield branded floor mats. In front of the driver, a classy Buick steering wheel laps a simple column shifter. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk sandwiches a full-size spare tire between a new mat, a correct jack and a fresh decklid decal.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

With this unique GS, authenticity is inborn. Here’s a breakdown of the car’s original build sheet, specially coded VIN and original cowl tag.

VIN: 446370KXXXXXX

  • 4: Buick Motor Division
  • 46: GS455
  • 37: 2-door hardtop coupe
  • 0: 1970 model year
  • K: Assembled at GM’s Kansas City, Missouri manufacturing facility
  • XXXXXX: Production sequence number

COWL TAG:

  • 70: 1970 model year
  • 4: Buick Motor Division
  • 46: GS455
  • 37: 2-door hardtop coupe
  • KAN: Assembled at GM’s Kansas City, Missouri manufacturing facility
  • 469983: Fisher Body sequence number
  • 121: Blue vinyl interior
  • 25: Gulfstream Blue lower body paint
  • 10: Glacier White upper body paint
  • 12B: Assembled during the second week (B) of December (12), 1969

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT LISTED ON THE CAR’S BUILD SHEET:

  • A01: Tinted glass
  • B30: Carpet
  • B50: Foam front seat cushion
  • B52: Foam rear seat cushion
  • B79: Rear end ornamentation
  • B80: Roof drip moldings
  • B83: Rocker panel moldings
  • B84: Body side moldings
  • B93: Door edge guards
  • B96: Wheel well moldings
  • C24: Recessed wipers
  • C60 Air conditioning
  • D33: Remote driver’s mirror
  • D99: 2-tone paint (includes quarter belt moldings)
  • J50: Power brakes
  • K02: Fan clutch
  • K45: Heavy duty air cleaner
  • K77: 55-amp alternator
  • M40: 3-speed automatic transmission
  • N10: Dual exhaust
  • N30: Deluxe steering wheel
  • N40: Power steering
  • P01: Deluxe wheel covers
  • P26: Same size whitewall tires
  • T53: Front fender moldings
  • T60: Heavy duty battery
  • U09: Dual horns
  • U27: Glove box light
  • U28: Ash tray light
  • U29: Courtesy light
  • U63: Pushbutton AM radio
  • U76: Windshield antenna
  • U80: Rear speaker
  • V03: Heavy duty cooling
  • Y40: Heavy duty cooling
  • Y51: Bright Molding Group

FINAL ASSEMBLY: Leed’s Plant in Kansas City, Missouri
POINT OF SALE: Scoggin-Dickey Buick in Lubbock, Texas

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

  • The aforementioned build sheet
  • An original Owner’s Manual
  • An original emblem from the car’s original dealer
  • Restoration photos
  • A stack of restoration receipts
  • A cam card
  • Miscellaneous component manuals

In summary, this clean GS is a phenomenal car that, from the ground up, likely couldn’t be duplicated for anywhere near our asking price. Its killer V8 will cruise effortlessly at will, and its slick body, old school interior and correct transmission are desirable attributes that set it apart from run-of-the-mill A-Bodies. As a rule, well-done Buick muscle cars usually don’t inhabit our showroom for very long. And when they’re built and priced like this, it’s easy to see why!

Basic

Year
1970
Make
Buick
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
GS455
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car
Mileage
75406

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
455 V8
Engine Number
1231738
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
Turbohydramatic 400
Transmission Number
70 - BA - 4232

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
RH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Blue
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Column
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Gulfstream Blue & Glacier White
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
4-Link
Axle Specification
10 Bolt 3.42
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
G60-15
Rear Tire Specification
G60-15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spare
Full Size
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Factory Replacement

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
800
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
* Original build sheet * Original owner's manual * Original selling dealer emblem * Restoration receipts * Misc. component manuals

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