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1971 BUICK GRAND SPORT GS STAGE 1 455 RAM AIR

A SUPER POPULAR BUT, "HARD-TO-FIND-REAL" MUSCLE CAR. ONLY 801 "H CODE's" WERE BUILT. FRAME-OFF RESTORED, RUST-FREE, GARAGE KEPT VIRGINIA CAR. A REAL 455 RAM AIR 'STAGE ONE' BUICK GS FINISHED IN BITTERSWEET MIST WITH SANDLEWOOD INTERIOR AND BUCKSKIN VINYL TOP. IT IS HEAVILY OPTIONED WITH THE SPECIAL: STAGE ONE - M40 TURBO 'B.B.' CODE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (ONLY 687 BUILT), 15" CHROME RALLY WHEELS, POWER DISC BRAKES, POWER STEERING, TACH AND GAUGE PACKAGE, SPORT STEERING WHEEL, AM RADIO, BENCH SEAT W/ ARMREST, SPORT MIRRORS AND RAISED WHITE-LETTER TIRES. HORSEPOWER WAS UNDER-RATED FOR EMISSIONS IN 1971 BEING "NETTED OUT" FOR THE FIRST TIME (LISTING H.P. AFTER ACCESSORIES WERE ADDED.) PRODUCTION BOOKS STATE THE 455 @ 345 H.P. YET, THIS BABY STILL CHURNED OUT THE 1/4 MILE IN 14.25 (COMPARED TO 14.02 FOR THE SAME VERSION FOR 1970.) THE RAM AIR PACKAGE ACTUALLY PERFORMED WELL TO FEED TONS OF AIR INTO THE CARBURETION SYSTEM MUCH LIKE A TURBO CHARGER. THE 3RD FASTEST PRODUCTION CAR PRODUCED IN 1971. OUR CAR IS A TRUE "H" CODE STAGE ONE WITH NUMBERS MATCHING (DAMN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND 'REAL'. RECENTLY RESTO.UPDATED WITH NEW FLOWMASTER ALUMINIZED EXHAUST SYSTEM, DETAILED TRUNK & UNDERCARRIAGE AND EVEN A 'CORRECT' GS 455 GRILLE (WHICH INCIDENTALLY, IS NOT AS ATTRACTIVE OR EXPENSIVE AS THE GRILLE THE CAR WAS RESTORED WITH) CARS AND PRICES GUIDE VALUED AT $28,950.

THE STORY:

1970 was a year of diversity and tragedy. Four students are killed at Kent by the National Guard, Charles Manson goes on trial for the murder of Sharon Tate and guitarist supreme Jimi Hendrix dies of an overdose. All this and, we are still four years from the resignation of Richard Nixon yet, it is apparent that expectations of a continually growing prosperity are now less founded. The shining optimism of the 50's and 60's had finally waned. Even Detroit took their knocks as it was dubbed "Murder City USA" by the press. G.M.'s management and staff actually went to great lengths to avoid the 'mean streets of Detroit' and stuck to hallways, secured exits and entrances at the factory. Within a few years Honda would introduce a new car and shake the very foundation of all the gas guzzling motor heads. The automobile quickly became the symbol of "what was wrong with America" so Congress adapted "the Clean Air Act of 1970." This relegated a 90% reduction in pollution gases plus new bumper restraints. The early seventies heralded the end of the true 'muscle car.' 1970 was a banner year, at least in the Ford camp, they stole the lead from Chevrolet as the number one manufacturer producing 2,096,184 cars for the year. Lee Iacocoa subsequently became president of Ford. General Motors then falls back to number two, due to the 67 day strike ,and loses $1 billion.

Buick introduces the largest ever engine block at 455 cubic inch (beating Chevys 454.) The designers at Buick combine the Gran Sport and GS package for the first time in 1971. It turns out to be one of the first potent performance packages that was tractable in all kinds of driving conditions and could be ordered with a myriad of different options. Besides the badging, wheel moldings and rocker panes moldings w/ red accents. Bucket seats were still optional but, a full vinyl interior was standard. Buick still held the top rating at G.M. for torque at 460 lbs. at 3000 RPM. Only 10 bolt differentials were offered in the USA (12 bolt in Canada) and all had a 3:42 rear axle standard. This series actually accounted for 25% of Buick's sales in 1970 so, the folks at Buick were working real hard to continue a "good thing" albeit the modification enforced by the Federal Government. The car proved itself to be "one mean mother trucker." Production figures now show only 801 stage one coupes were ever built (687 auto's ) $28,950