1970 GS 455 for sale (numbers matching)

Discussion in 'Cars for sale' started by Evans Ward, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. Evans Ward

    Evans Ward Well-Known Member

    With some hesitation and long thought, I am placing my numbers matching 1970 Buick GS 455 up for sale. The VIN is: 446370G118XXX (I have Xed out the last three digits for security purposes. Should you not know how to decode the VIN, I will supply information that will help confirm this car is a factory 1970 GS455. The first digit “4” stands for the division which indicates Buick. The second and third digits refer to the series in which the “46” on my car denotes the GS455 model. Forth and fifth digits refer to the body code “37” which denotes 2 door hardtop coupe. Sixth digit refers to the model year “0” = 1970. Seventh digit is the assembly plant code with “G” being Framingham, MA. The last 6 digits are the sequential production number. The data plate on my car reads:
    ST 70 44637 39592 BDY
    TR 185 58 H PNT

    The engine block code SR is visible between the number 5 and 7 cylinder head area close to the spark plugs. SR is the correct 455/ 350 HP engine code for the 1970 Buick GS455. I have also visualized and verified the sequential production code that matches the VIN on the engine block underneath the power steering bracket on the front driver’s side of block. Some Framingham built 1970 GS cars had the engine stamp in this location. It verifies and confirms a matching numbers car. It is also a December (12B9) 1969 build date so the car has the pointed gauge lenses and other things associated with an early built ’70 GS car.

    I purchased this car in 1998 from a fellow GSCA club member in South Carolina. It was a solid, restored car but needed some TLC on many uncompleted small projects. Over the past ten years, I have come very close to putting this car back to its factory original condition. I have the car mechanically and electrically sound with everything in good working order.
    The car drives and runs smoothly and is very reliable. It idles smoothly, drives nicely. All gauges and equipment on the car work as it should. This car has never been raced or abused. I would not hesitate to drive this car anywhere (or distance) in its present condition. This car has won awards in local shows (only shown twice and placed both times) and has always been stored/ garaged and used sparingly by the owner. An added bonus is that I have the original factory broadcast sheet (laminated for protection) which verifies the history and confirms the options and original equipment that the car came with. Car was sold new at Steffy Buick in Ephrata, PA.

    Mileage presently shows 126,773 on the odometer. I would describe this car as a very nice reliable driver, a strong runner, and an authentic GS455 that could be used and driven with pride. This car was 1 of 5189 GS coupes built in the 1970 model year and 1 of 5013 built with the automatic TH400 transmission. It has never been raced or abused. I have put 23,000 miles on it total over the last 11 years.


     Factory original color Harvest Gold exterior paint (Code 58 and 1 of 549 of that year in this exterior color) and factory gold full vinyl top. (Code H and 1 of 378 hardtop GS models produced) Very few rock chips, no dents on the body, just a few small paint bubbles just behind the rear vinyl top molding. Re: few paint bubbles, I removed the top and trim molding to clean areas/ treated with POR15, then touching up. Overall, the paint job is very nice with a repaint years ago at no expense sparred in lacquer
     Straight body with no damage
     Very nice chrome on the car all the way around
     Correct GS grille with nice correct stainless trim (all intact)
     PO5 Code 14 X 7 Buick rally wheels with BFG Radial TA tires, correct 1970 GS center caps
     Correct date coded tinted windshield/ glass, windshield antennae
     Recessed windshield wipers


     Correct Pearl White bucket seats and interior. One small hole on driver’s side bucket but no major tears throughout the interior.
     Original working AM-FM radio with front and rear speakers
     Factory gauge package including in dash tach
     Power windows
     Power Disc Brakes
     Tilt sport steering wheel (steering wheel not original to car)
     Long console with floor shifter
     Air conditioning (all working including compressor but system needs a charge)
     Functional rear window defogger
     Remote control driver mirror
     Map light rear view mirror
     Carpet savers (black vinyl with tri-shield emblems)
     Aftermarket auxillary triple gauge set (Sunpro/ mechanical) clamped (no holes) under the dash (oil pressure, coolant temp, and voltage)
     Original 1970 spare rally wheel and tire that came with the car
     Factory Buick tissue dispenser

    Engine/ Powertrain

     Original and numbers matching engine block/ SR code (27,000 miles since engine rebuild)
     Poston 112A camshaft (mild-similar to Stage 1 cam), new lifters, adjustable pushrods
     Reworked heads (3 angle cut) with Stage 1 larger valves
     Original Quadrajet carb (John Osbourne prepped)
     MSD6A ignition module (hidden in windshield cowl), Stinger coil/ pick up, properly set up Crane adjustable vacuum advance unit, Taylor plug wires
     Modine 4 core radiator
     Correct stock exhaust manifolds, stock cast iron intake manifold, original ram air filter assembly
     Correct BA code and original (matching) TH-400 transmission. Has the variable pitch/ switch pitch conversion with 1800 low stall/ 3000 high stall converter (toggle mounted under dash when desired to switch from low/ high stall) Deep capacity trans pan with drain plug
     Rebuilt and plated power brake booster
     10 bolt 8.5 single track rear end (Olds unit) with 3.08 gearing. (Correct 70 GS 8.2 rear will go with car)
     F41 rallye ride pack
     New shocks (KYB)
     Dual exhaust with “H” crossover pipe
     Non-original brake master cylinder on car (1971 type) but original round style master cylinder will go with car (needs rebuild)

    I have it currently insured through Hagerty with an appraisal/ agreed value of $26,500. I have priced this GS455 FIRM at $19,000. No low ball offers or trades. Additionally included in this package deal will be the 8.2 70 GS rear end, original matching #'s distributor, and original matching #'s brake master cylinder. I also have a clear and free title to this car. Selling to simplify and scale back to maintaining just one Buick along with other interests. I really haven’t used the car very much in recent years so it’s time for it go to a new home, owner, and caretaker. There are several members here that can vouch for the car with condition stated. I have also had it at the Reynolds, GA Buick musclecar event each year since that event has been around. I would be glad to answer any questions for any interested parties. Please send me a private message here off this site and I can supply to you my contact information. I have taken almost 100 pictures so I can supply as needed. Thanks!

    Evans Ward

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    Last edited: Jul 25, 2009
  2. buickfan

    buickfan Gold Level Contributor

    nice car, best of luck

  3. buicksstage1

    buicksstage1 Well-Known Member

    WOW, very nice car! Love the color combo. At that price even in this market, it shoudn't last long. Chris
  4. Beamer

    Beamer Suncoupes Rule !!!

    Let me be the first to say that I have seen this car and it is exactly what Evans says it is. Evans is a very particular person that is bothered by a slightest squeek if he hears it. His attention to detail is exact and I am sure that every detail described is at a minimum and not exagerated.

    Without a doubt, this car is worth every penny that is being asked. Someone will be an extremely proud owner of this car - for sure ! ! !

  5. bladerunner

    bladerunner Well-Known Member

  6. Miniucco

    Miniucco Miniucco

    Wow, I like the color:3gears:
    (look avatar)
  7. Evans Ward

    Evans Ward Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the positive comments and compliments on my car guys! I hope I don't have regrets and sellers remorse after it is gone.:(

    PM back to the member answering your questions and requesting your offsite email address to send additional pictures.

    Adding a few more pics......

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  8. Evans Ward

    Evans Ward Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I'm going to try and snap a few pics with it with direct sunlight too. Harvest Gold really pops and brightens in direct sun as you know as an owner. Takes on more of a darker hue (almost brown) in cloudy and overcast weather conditions. I've always loved those period correct colors.
  9. pooods

    pooods Well-Known Member

    Nice colors!
  10. Evans Ward

    Evans Ward Well-Known Member

    Here's the worst areas on the car as I adhere to full disclosure. These are the areas behind the rear vinyl top trim. The line under the vinyl top on the left side pillar has some rust scale attached to the underside of the vinyl that I should have cut out with a straight edge before I glued it back down. I got the surface stuff off the top and then applied POR15.

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  11. Evans Ward

    Evans Ward Well-Known Member

    More pics just taken today. Had some direct sun to show what Harvest Gold looks like on a bright day.

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  12. jadebird

    jadebird Well-Known Member

    very very nice. I wish I could afford it!
  13. SportWagonGS

    SportWagonGS Moderator

    Really think about this....not a day goes by that I don't hate myself for selling the Wagon.
    I could sell the WH1 right now with no remorse though....
  14. Jim Jones

    Jim Jones Wretched Excess

    Evans, Your car is beautiful and the pictures are inspiring me to get going on my Harvest Gold GS. I had almost decided to go with another color, but your car looks so good that I may reconsider.
    You had better ask how your adorable driver (avitar) feels about the potential sale. May not like being forced to pilot a T-Type.
  15. meandsnugs

    meandsnugs Well-Known Member

    Very nice car. I am very partial to that color/top combo as mine is the same. I have a sadalwood interior, but the exterior is the same. Hope you get what your asking.
  16. Evans Ward

    Evans Ward Well-Known Member

    Buy it at my price ($21,000) and I'll throw in an extra factory correct 2.93 posi ring/ pinion set that fits the extra Buick 10 rear that will go with the car. May have some other spares too that could be included. I won't give this car away and will sit on it to find the right buyer. It is advertised on a few other sites so I know it is getting some exposure. Not many of these listed out there.

    Again, appreciate the positive compliments on my car!
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2009
  17. Andy Tantes

    Andy Tantes Silver Level contributor

    compared to the prices i see dealers selling their junk for,i think youre giving this car away.

    that is a lot of car for 21K.
  18. Evans Ward

    Evans Ward Well-Known Member

    I agree with you Andy. I thought she might sell quick at the price I set it at. I've had about 4-5 people semi-interested but no one serious about it. Lots of junk out there for sure. This car runs and drives great. Has good oil pressure and is very reliable. It could be driven anywhere. Not a soul yet that wants my # to call and talk about the car?? I know we have a weak economy but pretty nice real GS455 cars at decent prices aren't that readily available. The car is a head turner and always gets compliments when I take it out. I just wouldn't feel right to lower the price and would have remorse if I did sell it at a lesser price. I'd rather sell it here to a Buick enthusiast than to try and sell it locally. I'll start to explore all my options....
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2009
  19. Miniucco

    Miniucco Miniucco

    By the way, in the autumn, sunset times, Harvest gold looks like this:bglasses:

    BUICKRAT Torque Rules!

    That picture took my breath away! What a great color!

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