FULLY RESTORED GS400 'VERT, 400 V8, AUTO, DUALS, PWR STEER/FRNT DISC, R134A A/C!
Buick didn't invent the idea of luxury muscle, but the GS certainly defined the breed. This 1969 Buick GS400 convertible delivers on Buick's unique blend of performance trimmed with luxury features, and it's an outstanding choice for the guy who is looking for something a little different than the usual Chevelle or GTO.
The GS was the top-of-the-line Skylark, and definitely looked the part. All-new sheetmetal in 1968 created a familial resemblance throughout the line, and the sweeping crease was a tribute to the past where Buick "sweep-spear" styling defined an entire decade. Wearing handsome code 65 Trumpet Gold paint work, it doesn't try to be a brash muscle car; instead it offers a sophisticated look that trades stripes for quiet confidence, which is a big part of the Buick's appeal. A recent investment in the paint job pays off with a wonderful glow that highlights the unique curves of the Buick's bodywork. There's also a distinct lack of chrome, which highlights the sweeping body line even more, although it does have plenty of jewelry in the right places. The GS offers upgrades like the blacked-out grille, a low-profile hood scoop that's fully functional, and proper GS badges wherever needed, plus those ominous 400 badges on the hood that are a subtle warning that this isn't some fuddy-duddy ragtop. Note that the chrome is in excellent condition, including the big rear bumper with its unique center-mounted back-up light and wide taillights.
Buick's luxury influence is most visible inside, where the interior is beautifully trimmed in basic, elegant black. Fresh seat covers duplicate the original look, while the door panels feature chrome strips that give it an upmarket feel. The instrument panel is notable in its lack of faux wood, using brushed stainless instead to offer contrast. There's also a handsome three-spoke steering wheel that looks racy, even in a car with bench seats. An AM/FM/iPod stereo head unit provides additional entertainment to augment the V8 soundtrack out back and fits neatly in the original dash. A power convertible top was standard, and because it's a Buick, you can also enjoy factory A/C that's fully functional thanks to an R134a refrigerant upgrade. The trunk is clean and it obviously has nothing to hide, and a reproduction mat would be an inexpensive upgrade that would pay big dividends in the future.
The GS400 was a step up from the 350, which was also available in 1969, offering 340 horsepower and a very impressive 440 pounds of torque. This particular Buick was rebuilt to stock specs, so it's ready to rumble, fully sorted, and drives like a Buick should. The engine bay is very well detailed and hasn't been subjected to any of the usual (and questionable) upgrades that such cars usually get. Up top, there's Buick's instantly-identifiable air cleaner assembly with dual nostrils fed by the hood scoop as well as bright Dante Red engine paint. With that much torque on tap, it needs the muscle of a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and a 12-bolt rear end, and it drives so smoothly you'll forget that it's a muscle car. It exhales through a fresh stainless steel dual exhaust system and upgraded sway bars actually give the big Buick the moves of a much smaller car. Classic Buick road wheels look right and wear 225/70/15 BFGoodrich redline radials that are the ideal choice, especially on this gold Buick.
Fast, comfortable, and stylish, the Buick GS is a bargain for now. But renewed interest means this one won't be around forever. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- iPod Compatible
- Power Convertible Top
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Body Style
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
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