1968 Buick GS400 Convertible

$70,000

1968 Buick GS400 Convertible

$70,000

Morgantown, United States

1968

Year

39K Mi

Mileage

8 Cylinder

Engine

Manual

Gearbox

Petrol

Fuel type

About This Car

1968 Buick GS400 Convertible


While Buick did not exactly dominate the market in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it did bless the automotive world with some well-known classic cars. Du

1968 Buick GS400 Convertible  


While Buick did not exactly dominate the market in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it did bless the automotive world with some well-known classic cars.  During the golden era of muscle greatness, with the presence of icons such as the Chevrolet Chevelle SS and the Dodge Charger, many praise-worthy cars didn’t receive the attention they truly deserved.  A perfect example of muscle cars that were relatively overlooked because of their iconic rivals is the Buick Gran Sport.  A mighty and muscular performance-oriented machine with an interesting history that is rarely appreciated.  -Thx to Yavar Nekounam Hotcoars.com.


For consignment, a 1968 Buick GS, (Grand Sport), 400...Buick’s answer to high performance but now with a bigger and badder engine under the slightly scooped hood.  This consignment comes to us with a binder full of paperwork on the build and it has been restored, is looking great and runs like a champ.  The current odometer reading is 39,442 and these are title verified original miles.


Exterior

For this year the exterior takes on an Olds 442 look with dual headlights flanking a v shaped grille trimmed in chrome with thin strips on top and sides, and a corresponding bumper below.  The hood has a functional bump up which I’ll get to under the Drivetrain section of this description.  Meanwhile, a peppering of more stainless, polished to chrome shine, trims the wheel wells that frame 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels wrapped in BFG raised white letter rubber in staggered width form.  Our consignment is a snazzy convertible which presents in clean black canvas having a glass rear window and is power operated.   When down, the side view of this piece of Detroit iron muscle looks like a bullet.  Much of this look can be attributed to the gently sloping rear trunk lid deck which melts into the rear bumper which forms a V shape to the rear quarters and also houses the horizontal tail lighting within it.  All this nicely gapped steel is bathed in a color change to Scarlet Red, which has been applied with professionalism.  Perfect complimenting GS 400 badging is on front fenders and the central trunk lid.  Dual exhaust barely peek out the bottom of the rear bumper and a small descending gracefully metal bump-put in the body on the front quarters, dives through the doors to add just a bit of motion while standing still.


Interior

Plenty of factory coverings in black vinyl, starting with the door panels.  This leads us into the passenger chairs, which are sleek low back buckets, nice and wide with tuck and roll inserts and smooth bolsters.  These are also in the black vinyl, and present very clean as does the rear bench, with side flanking armrests with ash receptacles.  A black center console sweeps from front to back through the buckets, and contains a glovebox and a chrome handled black ball topped Hurst shift lever.  A factory Buick tachometer resides in the console just under the dash and above are a trio of aftermarket supporting gauges to help keep your eyes on the pulse under the hood.  Upfront, a purely GM dash with a silver horizontal speedo, black padded dash top, and a strip of aluminum below which houses various knobs and pulls along with vertically mounted dial temp controls.  In the center is a factory AM radio.   All this menagerie floats on clean black carpeting and the tri-shield Buick badging is noted throughout the interior.


Drivetrain

That bump in the hood I mentioned is functional and we can verify this when popping the hood.  Here we see a non original 455ci V8, (carrying a 1238861 casting number puts this as a 1970/71 engine), making a dyno proven 428.2hp and 468.2lbft of torque thanks to some help from a Lunati camshaft.  Feeding the 455 cubes through the mill is a single 4-barrel carburetor Holley carburetor perched between an open element air cleaner and Edelbrock intake manifold.  A non numbers matching Muncie M21 4-speed manual, (circa 1971), is on back, and the rear axle is a 10 bolt version.   Overall, this bay is very clean as are all the bolt ons highly polished and supple hoses and wiring snakes its way throughout.


Undercarriage

A bit of patina and slight wear off and patina of the undercoating but no rust is noted, surface or otherwise.  Independent coil springs are on front and in back, a 4 link with coil springs is on.  Power disc braking is in front, and power drums are on back.  Dual Flowmaster exhaust helps with the exhale as they work in conjunction with long tube headers and these end in back with turned down tips under the rear bumper.


Drive-Ability

Late 60’s and early 70’s muscle is always a hoot to drive, and this car was no exception to this rule!  It fired right up, the interior was nice and comfy, and it ran like it was on fire, (a colloquialism).  Plenty of power, solid braking, and smooth shifting as well as easy power steering.  The clock did not work and the reverse lights did not illuminate but otherwise a nice experience was had by myself and my cohort, who couldn’t get his lollipop out of his mouth long enough to comment.  But he liked it, especially when he was behind the controls, as he tends to have a heavy foot, and this car graciously obliged.


Buicks answer to the muscle car threats that were coming in late 60’s form from all fronts.  This example fully restored, runs great, and hopped up on the performance front as well as having all around good looks.  Come on in and take a look, and while you’re here peruse our Hallowed Halls.  Or go online to [hidden information] and look at all our top hits which definitely belt out to you!


446678B104195


4-Buick

46-GS400

67-Convertible

8-1968

B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant

104195-Sequential Unit Number


TRIM TAG


09D-4th Week September

ST [hidden information] Buick GS400 Convertible

BDY BAL00046-Baltimore Body #

TR 178-Black Vinyl

PNT G2-Ivory Gold Mist, Black Top


Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display. This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is [hidden information] and our phone number is [hidden information]. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Car Details

Year

1968

Location

Morgantown, United States

Address

PA

Mileage

39442 mi (63476 km)

Engine

8 Cylinder

Gearbox

Manual

Car type

Cabriolet

Fuel type

Petrol

Condition

Used

VIN

446678B104195

Color

Red

Interior color

Black

Internal Reference

5911_5636

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