1972 Buick GSX Replica - $25,000

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The GM A-body platform encompasses some of the most popular muscle cars of all time, including the Chevelle and GTO. But let's not forget Buick. This 1972 GSX replica has the look of one of the rarest models from the era (only 44 produced). With its classic looks, great colors, and built 455ci motor it has everything that makes these cars so much fun.

This car was originally built at the Fremont, CA plant in May 1972 as a 350ci Skylark. It eventually made its way to South Dakota where a Buick lover transformed it into the beauty you see today. The car is very solid underneath with its original floors. The body is equally solid and straight. It was repainted the beautiful Stratomist Blue along with GSX accents. It also received a GSX style hood, spoilers, and accents. The Magnum style wheels finish it off nicely.

The engine was replaced with a fully rebuilt 455 cubic inch torque monster. The block received a 0.030" overbore along with enlarged oil passages. The crankshaft was turned 0.010"/0.010" and received 10.25:1 forged pistons. The rotating assembly uses ARP fasteners and was bully balanced. Other nice parts include Stage 1 heads and a Lunati "Hemi Killer" camshaft. The intake is an Edelbrock B4B topped by a 770cfm Holley Street Avenger carburetor with electric choke. This setup makes excellent power and still runs good on pump gasoline. The big dual exhaust sounds fantastic too with headers, an X-pipe, and Flowmaster mufflers.

The rest of the drivetrain uses a built TH350 automatic transmission with a 2400 rpm stall speed torque converter. The 12-bolt rear end contains 3.31 gears which still provide plenty of acceleration the big motor, along with good highway performance. The car also has power steering and power front disc brakes. It all makes for a very nice driving car.

The roomy Buick interior has buckets seats with a center console and horseshoe shifter. It has been converted to a tilt steering column with a nice 3-spoke steering wheel. There is also a set of aftermarket gauges under the dash and a dual-shaft JVC radio. All instruments and lights work properly, as do the heater, defroster, horn, wipers, and parking brake.

This car really does drive as good as it looks (and sounds). And while it has the familiar shape of an early 70's muscle car, it represents a much more exclusive model for thousands less than a similar Chevrolet or Pontiac. As they used to say, wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?

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