1970 Buick GSX
With the 455 in³ motor, the GSX had a higher torque rating than any other production muscle car. This made it one of the fastest Buicks both on and off the 1/4 mile. Motor trend called it “the quickest American production car we had ever tested.” There’s no doubt that the GSX was built compete against cars like the Pontiac GTO Judge, Oldsmobile 442 W30 and Chrysler’s HEMI ‘Cuda.
For $199, Buick offered a Stage I package that used a different camshaft, stronger springs and ported heads to offer more power. Rated at only 360 hp, the figure is much closer to 400 in reality.
The GSX built upon these upgrades by offering the Stage I package with a hood-mounted tachometer, Hurst shifter, Polyglas G60xl5 tires, front disc brakes and a heavy duty suspension. This came at the steep price of $1,196 over and above the cost of a 455 Buick GS.
In 1970 Buick built 678 built of the GSX in either Apollo White or Saturn Yellow. In 1971 became an option on the Gran Sport and opened up the doors for many new colors.
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|type||Series Production Car|
|price $||$ 4,880|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|fuel feed||1 4-Barrel Carburettor|
|displacement||7456 cc / 455 in³|
|power||268.5 kw / 360 bhp @ 4600 rpm|
|specific output||48.28 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||198.24 bhp per tonne|
|torque||691.5 nm / 510 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm|
|body / frame||Unitary Steel Monocoque|
|front tires||Polyglas G60xl5|
|rear tires||Polyglas G60xl5|
|curb weight||1816 kg / 4000 lbs|
|wheelbase||2844.8 mm / 112 in|
|0 – 60 mph||~6.5 seconds|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~13.8 seconds|
Auction Sales History
Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum