Who here knows 1972 GSXs?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by 442w30, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. 442w30

    442w30 Well-Known Member

    A friend sent me stats on a car he knew about back in the day:

    1972 Buick GSX
    Arctic white
    Black bucket seat interior
    455 (not sure if it was Stage One or a regular 455)
    4 speed
    Don't remember if it had AC or not.
    Likely sold by Lynch Buick, Chicago

    My best friend from high school ordered a 1973 El Camino 350 4 speed right after he graduated. A year later he ordered a 1974 Grand Am, which I have now. Amazing that right out of high school teenagers could order new 2 cars on a mechanic's salary!

    His uncle bought the 72 GSX new from a dealer in Chicago, probably Lynch Buick. My friend's cousin drove it most of the time. Summer of 1974 they swap the El Camino for the GSX for the weekend, so we could try it out. It was fast, but not scary fast, plus we wanted to be careful with it. I do remember it sucked gas like crazy and drew lots of attention. Sunday his cousin limps the El Camino back with the Saginaw 4 speed blown up from street racing. So much for being careful with each others cars!

    We had no idea how rare the GSX was. We were more into Pontiacs. His crazy cousin street raced it in the city all the time and had replaced the original shifter with a Hurst Super Shifter. A year later we heard he burned the Buick to the ground because he was involved in some kind of crime with it. That's what I was told, and have no evidence as to what actually happened. A year after that he was found dead in a Chicago alley from a drug overdose. My friend (who I lost track of) had the original Hurst 4 speed shifter out of it, but I doubt he would have it anymore.

    Ring a bell to anyone?
  2. Roberta

    Roberta Buick Berta

    I think there were only 81 made, looking for info later, as in tomorrow!
  3. CJay

    CJay Supercar owner Staff Member

    I think the number is 44. And IIRC, all were shipped to Canada
  4. 442w30

    442w30 Well-Known Member

    It is 44, but not all were shipped to Canada. You are onto something, though, as I think there was an abnormally large amount sold in Canada.
  5. Stage2

    Stage2 Well-Known Member

    There were 44 made, 22 sold in Canada, 5 sold in the lower 48 states, and 17 were exports (including Alaska and Hawaii).
    Info from the GSX Registry.
  6. Mike Sobotka

    Mike Sobotka Founders Club Member

    Absolutely correct.
  7. CARHEX1

    CARHEX1 Founders Club Member

    I have one of them in the back yard.

  8. 442w30

    442w30 Well-Known Member

    So have you been able to find documentation on it?

    BUQUICK I'm your huckleberry.

  10. dl7265

    dl7265 No car then Mopar

  11. Rich Johns

    Rich Johns Platinum Level Contributor

    I had a Sunburst Yellow with tan black bucket seat interior, no vinyl top 1972 GSX 350, GM of Canada documentated all original car.

    Post your Sloan docs to prove your car is a genuine WA5 optioned GSX.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2016
  12. GS44667

    GS44667 Worlds First Stage1 Conv

    Can you order a GSX package on a Skylark ? Hector mentioned prior that his car had a Skylark Custom Vin #.
  13. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

  14. jalopi42

    jalopi42 Don't Wait

    I love this stuff about the gsx cars somebody post me the popcorn icon I'm following this thread
    diego hope your story finds closure its a good one
  15. 442w30

    442w30 Well-Known Member

    Well, Bill, it's a friend's story. I wasn't even born yet!
  16. dl7265

    dl7265 No car then Mopar

    Should 72 's have Low body #s like 71's ?


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  17. Rich Johns

    Rich Johns Platinum Level Contributor

    Yes, a true 1971-72 Buick GSX will have a low body # on cowl tag, as the installation of rear spoiler is a SCO build only at head Flint assembly plant.

    The WA5 GSX Ornamentation Package was available on any 1971-1972 GS 350 ,GS 455 or GS Stage 1.
  18. CARHEX1

    CARHEX1 Founders Club Member

    sun burst yellow is the sun coupe not the GSX


  19. CARHEX1

    CARHEX1 Founders Club Member


    I have not had time or the extra money to order the paper work yet. I started working a day job as a heating and air tech. I have been so busy and have been making way less money than what I was making selling car parts. I am having a hard time getting a few extra bucks together for that. I'm catching up on other bills that need to be paid now. I need this Job for the medical insurance for my wife. I will order it soon but from the family history and the pictures the family has of the car. There is a good chance that it is. If not than no biggie I am one saturday and about 250 miles and about 80 bucks in gas in to it. I will post as soon as I get the docs in

  20. dl7265

    dl7265 No car then Mopar

    Ok I thought it was yellow sorry


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