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BUICK GRAND SPORT GS STAGE 1 455 RAM AIR
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
AND PRICES GUIDE VALUED AT $28,950.
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.
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