1969 Buick Gran Sport Verde Green

1969 Buick Gran Sport Verde Green

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Vehicle Specification

Gran Sport
Listing ID
Body Style
Fuel Type
Exterior Color

Vehicle Description

1969 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 didnt 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 1969 Buick GS, (Grand Sport), 400...Buicks
answer to high performance. This consignment comes from a
collection of a Mighty Ducks NHL player, Teemu Selanne, who
collected mostly Ferraris, however owned this as well. It was sold
to a dealer in North Dakota where our consignor had it shipped to
NY having lived in a garage, driven only 5 months of the year, and
then stored for the winter while the consignor lived in Florida. It
has been restored, is looking great and runs like a champ. The
current odometer reading is 78,798 and these are purportedly
original miles.

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 Ill 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 Buick Rally wheels wrapped in BFG raised white letter
rubber from the 36th week of 2019 in 225/70R15 form. Our
consignment is a snazzy convertible which presents in clean white
canvas, 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 Verde Green which has
been applied with professionalism. Perfect contrasting GS 400
badging is on rear quarters, and the central trunk lid. Dual
exhaust 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.

Plenty of factory coverings in Pearl 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, along with some integrated and adjustable
headrests. These are also in the Pearl 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 an airplane
throttle 2 post shift lever. Upfront, a purely GM dash with a
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. A trio of aftermarket gauges is hanging
below the dash to help keep your eyes on the pulse of the 400 cubes
below the hood. In the center is a factory AM radio. All this
menagerie floats on clean dark green carpeting. The tri-shield
Buick badging is noted throughout the interior.

That bump in the hood I mentioned is functional and we can verify
this when popping the hood. Here we see a 400ci V8, (this cannot be
verified as the original as the stamping code and partial VIN were
removed when the engine was rebuilt in the past), which has twin
foam muffs which extend from the air cleaner as snorkels for the
Ram Air system, feed the 400 cubes through a single 4 barrel
carburetor. We can call this an "air induction system". A non
numbers matching TH400 3 speed automatic, (circa 1973), is on back,
and the rear axle codes out to be a 69 Chevelle 12 bolt, 3.07
conventional version. Overall, this bay is very clean as are all
the bolt ons highly polished and supple hoses and wiring snakes its
way throughout.

A bit of patina and slight wear off 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 help with the exhale, and these end in back with a flared
chromed tip on either side.


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