1967 Buick GS400
Sales - Design/Build - Restoration
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Our story begins roughly six years ago when this time capsule tri-shield’s current owner was strolling through a national Buick event and noticed the car’s peculiar yellow interior. As the second generation owner of a GM dealership he had spent most of his early years watching the best of Detroit’s power-happy creations roll straight off the truck and straight into the showroom, so he certainly knew a unique color combination when he saw it. It wasn’t long before an older gentleman confirmed the car was for sale and then confirmed it was indeed an all original 1967 GS 400 that had racked up only 9K miles in almost 40 years. After a bit of small talk a few weeks of negotiations commenced and the older gentleman, who certainly knew what he had, agreed to one lump sum payment of cash. It took a little time for the car’s current owner to round up the Benjamins, but after visiting four banks and securing a cooler to carry the money in, he headed to Virginia to pick up his new one-of-a-kind muscle car. Only after hands were shook and the older gentleman and his wife had finished counting the money did they decide to reveal the car’s whole story and shed light on how it managed to survive in essentially showroom fresh condition. The older gentleman, love struck and ready to settle down, wanted to impress his soon to be bride by special ordering Buick’s hottest new model from Blue Ridge Motors in Roanoke, Virginia. Every red-blooded car guy knows that girls love fast cars, so the division’s Stage 1 400 with no power steering and no air conditioning was mandatory equipment. A trailer package, which provided stiffer rear springs, and an M20 Muncie 4-speed were thrown in for good measure. And last but not least, the car’s interior HAD to match his future wife’s gorgeous blonde hair. Unfortunately, as we all know, nothing in this life is guaranteed and the bride to be found another man before the badass GS even rolled off the assembly line. The gentleman was crushed but decided to take the car anyway and ended up tucking it away in his father’s basement for the better part of 38 years.
When the gentleman’s pre-ordered Buick arrived at Roanoke’s Blue Ridge Motors, the dealer took a little Windex and plastered the car’s original window sticker to the inside of its black decklid. That 45 year old window sticker, which has remained on the car’s decklid ever since, breaks down as follows:
BUICK GS400 2-DOOR SPORT COUPE: $3,019
* Deluxe steering wheel
* Dual horns
* Foam padded seat cushions
* Dual exhaust
* Ash tray light
* Glove compartment light
* White or red stripe wide oval tires
* Heavy duty Energizer
* 193: Vinyl Strato Bucket seats ($68.46)
* M20: Floor shifted 4-speed transmission ($184.31)
* J50: Power brakes ($41.60)
* U63: Sonomatic radio with manual antenna ($64.25)
* U80: Rear seat speaker ($16.64)
* G80: Positive traction differential ($42.13)
* G50: Trailer towing option ($3.69)
* A39: Custom front and rear seatbelts ($6.32)
* A01: Soft Ray tinted glass ($30.54)
* B93: Door guards ($4.74)
* W22: Electric clock and trunk light ($17.90)
* P05: Chrome plated wheels ($90.58)
* B85: Belt reveal moldings ($14.74)
TOTAL OPTIONS: $585.90
TOTAL VEHICLE PRICE: $3,604.90
Few traditional Buick buyers would ever think of ordering their new luxury car in a sinister coat of GM’s code A black. Fewer still would ever dream of accenting that wet looking pigment with a pair of bright red pin stripes. But that’s exactly what the original owner of this GS did; and today, thanks to hardly ever seeing sun, rain or street time, the car’s mirror-like finish is a largely flaw-free celebration of lacquer –laden originality. That said, the body’ glossy panels are not devoid of all character like so many fresh frame-off restorations. Rather, they carry just the right amount of wear under a soft shine that simply cannot be duplicated with today’s perfected basecoat/clearcoat paint process. Under that vintage single-stage paint, all original OEM sheetmetal shows no signs of botched repairs, accident damage or cancerous rust. And overall, this Buick is as close to factory perfect as a five decades removed classic can get.
For 1967 the GS graduated from an options package to a full model line that featured small aesthetic tweaks and a lot more attitude. The result was a substantial looking car which managed to feel more upscale than its GM stable mates while retaining the same broad shouldered, all-American attitude. At the front of this Buick’s long body, a broad chrome bumper hangs clear, square marker lights below a deep-set grille which centers a concave divider between red GS ornamentation and four silver-trimmed T3 headlights. At the top of the body, a canted “BUICK” script fronts a sculpted hood which flows to factory glass that’s capped by chrome drip rails, bordered by well-maintained stainless trim and cleared by satin finished wiper arms. At the sides of the body, ribbed rocker trim combines with fresh stainless wheel well trim to parallel factory ventiports, original “GS400” quarter emblems, traditional chrome door handles and Buick branded mirrors. And at the back of this Buick, a second chrome bumper centers like-new reverse lamps below a black “GS400” branded rear valence, a second canted “BUICK” script and stylish, stainless-trimmed tail lights. Of special interest are the factory installed rocker panel moldings. Talk to many casual Buick GS "experts" and they will tell you these were not available in 1967. This only means they haven''t actually seen them before-but these are originals and the car was delivered with them new!
Since GM’s ‘doctors and lawyers’ division decided to get serious about their performance image, they also upped the ante in the engine compartment by equipping their newly christened GS with a first rendition of their now legendary big block V8. Hoist this car’s glossy black hood and you’ll find 400 cubic inches of untouched, original Buick muscle that produces 340 horsepower, spins stout 10.25 to 1 compression into 440 lb./ft. of torque, and wears a correct 1381624 casting number above a 1967-exclusive NR assembly stamp. At the top of that sinister red block, a familiar Rochester Quadrajet carburetor mixes air from Buick’s trademark ‘Star Wars’ air cleaner with dino juice that’s supplied by original stainless fuel lines. At the sides of that carburetor, original semi-wedge heads hang “400-4” branded valve covers over deep breathing cast iron exhaust manifolds. In front of those manifolds, a traditional points distributor shoots fire through authentic Packard TV R Suppression wires. And in front of that distributor, a gloss black radiator circulates coolant through pliable original hoses and authentic tower clamps. In addition to its killer powerplant, this GS maintains a correctly detailed engine bay that’s complete with a ‘67 model washer tank, a Delco Energizer battery and an original brake booster which still wears a “UA” branded assembly tag. Aesthetically, the car’s satin black fenders perfectly complement both its bright red engine block and factory-equipped hood insulation. And mechanically this awesome Buick is in outstanding original condition, performing just as well now as when it rolled out of Blue Ridge Motors’ Roanoke showroom.
At the bottom of this stunning survivor a clean undercarriage tells a long story of excellent maintenance and carefully chosen road time. Naturally the GS hotter engine needed a better drivetrain to effectively establish street credibility, so Buick complemented the car’s styling tweaks with a few mechanical adjustments and a number of strengthened components. At the center of the floors a rugged, and original, M20 Muncie 4-speed transmission hangs a correct 3885010 casting number and a Muncie (P) assembled on June (H) 19th (19) 1967 (7) build stamp in front of an original Posi-traction Salisbury rear end that’s complete with oversize axle shafts. At the ends of that drivetrain an original heavy duty suspension, which includes thicker sway bars, better shocks, stiffer springs and the aforementioned trailer towing upgrade, combines with Buick’s familiar power assisted aluminum drums up front and power-assisted steel drums out back to provide quick stops and great handling. And at the corners of that chassis, power flows to the pavement through original 14 inch Buick Sport wheels which spin original F70-14 Goodyear Custom Wide Tread Polyglas redlines around clean red, white and blue center caps. Speaking of floors the car’s straight and solid pans, which are bolted to Buick’s heavy duty convertible frame, still hang 99% of their satin black paint over satin black suspension components that still retain much of their factory shine. Spent gases flow through original factory pipes that still employ assembly line correct, GM stamped mufflers. And, based on a quick visual inspection, all the car’s hardware and bushings appear to be in good, road-ready condition.
Climb inside this timeless Buick muscle car and you’ll find a completely original GM code 193 interior that is both comfortable and appealing. As the story goes, this unique color combination came about because the owner of the car wanted vinyl that matched his beloved fiancé’s blonde hair. Fortunately, even though their love for one another waivered and faded, this GS’ interior has remained youthful and true. Covered in original Madrid Grain surfaces (Buick speak for high quality vinyl), the car’s firm front bucket and rear bench seats are comfortable, solid and provide spacious seating for at least five. At the center of the cockpit, an optional stainless trimmed consolette props a Buick factory tachometer and an original black shifter above like-new black carpet, heavy duty rubber floor mats and optional Fisher lap belts. Above that consolette, a warp-free dash hangs bright silver trim between original gauges, an original AM/FM radio and a dealer installed stainless tissue dispenser. At the sides of the seats, original yellow door panels feature bright “GS400” emblems, great looking trim, stain-free armrests and pit-free chrome handles. And at the top of the car, a tight black headliner looks as good as the day it left the assembly line. Connecting the driver to the road is a great looking original steering wheel which prominently displays a modernist design theme around a small red, white and blue Buick emblem. And behind the passengers, an optional rear speaker hangs over a super clean trunk that’s equipped with original factory decals, an original spare tire and the car’s original dealer-applied window sticker.
It should come as no surprise that, when this epic tri-shield came out of hiding, it began racking up some serious accolades. Here’s a comprehensive list of its recent awards and accomplishments:
* Featured in the 2010 edition of Hemmings calendar
* Featured in the July 2008 edition of Hemmings Muscle Machines
* Concours Gold winner at the 2008 Buick GS Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky
* 1999 AACA National First Prize winner
But wait, there’s more. Like all of RK Motors Charlotte’s investment grade muscle cars this clean GS comes with a stack of documentation that includes:
* The original window sticker outlined above
* The car’s original Protect-O-Plate
* The car’s original owner’s manual and accessory paperwork
* Random 1967 Buick marketing materials
* An original sticker and plaque from Blue Ridge Motors
* Dated inspection and accessory receipts that document the car’s mileage
* A certified and framed letter from the car’s original owner that reaffirms its survivor status
* The car’s 1999 AACA National First Prize plaque
* A copy of the Car’s Hemmings Muscle Machines feature
* The car’s 2008 Buick GS Nationals Concours Gold plaque
* A copy of the car’s Hemmings calendar feature
* A detailed display board
If you’re a fan of 60s Detroit muscle that’s as pure as the day it left the assembly line, it just doesn’t get any better than this awesome black Buick! Pristine, 100% original classics are hard to find, and this investment grade GS is one of the rarest of the bunch. If you’re in the market for a one-of-a-kind car that’ll be a blast on the road and a hit at the show, your search is over!
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