Lost: 1969 gran sport engine

Discussion in 'Lost and Found' started by Steve e Summer, May 10, 2012.

  1. Steve e Summer

    Steve e Summer Well-Known Member

    The yellow GS covertible at http://musclecars.howstuffworks.com/classic-muscle-cars/1969-buick-gs-400.htm now belongs to me. Please click the link. I have no way of verifying that the engine shown, came from the same photo shoot although it would seem to make sense that it did. The pic's are dated 2007 and I purchased the car in early 2011. Nice car! However, a 1971 455 now resides beneath the hood. My VIN ends in 19067. Anyone out there own the OEM engine from my car? I figured I'd ask before I proceed to do "whatever I want" to this beauty. Thanks for your attention ~ Steve
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  2. Jim Jones

    Jim Jones Wretched Excess

    Mike Garrison has this 400 posted for sale.


    Doubtful that it is original to your car as it came from a hardtop, but :Do No:
  3. gsfred

    gsfred Founders Club Member

    May have something here in NY, Let me check.
  4. harrypotter

    harrypotter Active Member

    it might not be the original to your car. it is a real gs 400 engine
  5. harrypotter

    harrypotter Active Member

    does it really matter if came from a rag top or a hard top the important thing is it is a gs 400 deck the block stamp the numbers the real high dollad musle cars like yenkos dana motion chevys none of them carry a numbers match engine
  6. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise 1000+HP

    In the case of a 400, nearly all of them are GS engines. I do believe you could get one in a wagon in 68 or 9, and possibly a Lesabre, but that was it.. Most the big cars had the 430..

    But the point here is this.. Unless it has the VIN code on it for the car in question, a collector often could care less, and may not even understand, the two letter engine designation.

    A real Buick enthusiast may "give it the nod" for being a GS engine, although the wrong one for the car, but assuming that it will add big value to the car might be tricky at best.

    VIN is all that matters, when it comes to "numbers matching"

    Now when your talking 455, there are so few actual GS engines out there, in the sea of big car 455's, they often will get a bit of a bump in value when the odd one finds it's way under the hood of the same year car.. but even that added value is small, compared to having the correct VIN stamped engine.

    All that only matters to collectors, and those who at some level, treat these cars as a commodity.

    For the enthusiast, the actual difference is often small to non-existent, so drop her in and have fun!

  7. harrypotter

    harrypotter Active Member

    cool i like the way you think
  8. killrbuick66455

    killrbuick66455 Well-Known Member

    I have a 400 block 1383790 and crank That's period correct and date correct i can bring it out to you let me know if your interested.
  9. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

    Those are some sound statements! I'll simply add, that I think the '71 455" is the best big block Buick engine ever made for street cruising so I'd feel pretty good about having it under the hood.

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