Dare To Be Different - 1972 Buick GS 455 Stage 1

Dare to Be Different - 1972 Buick GS 455 Stage 1

Photos by Jerry Heasley

Buicks were among the most underrated muscle cars of the entire era. Maybe it was due to their brand association with older, more conservative buyers, but whatever the reason, it was totally undeserved. Buick engines have always been very strong and loaded with torque. In fact, Buicks were known as the "Kings of Torque." Buick engines of the Sixties and early Seventies are rolling testimonials of this.

Original buyers of Buick GS 455 Stage 1 cars were daringly different. These cars seemed constrained by Buick's conservative, older customer base image, but had enough raw horsepower and torque to spank almost any youth-oriented muscle car. More than a few GTO and Road Runner owners were dumbfounded when "Dad" dusted them at a stoplight in his Buick GS 455.

With minor exceptions (the 1968-1969 body style), the midsize Buick Skylarks were some of the most handsome GM intermediates. The lines are clean and crisp with excellent flow. Their styling has held up very well, especially on the 1970-1972 models. This series includes the 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1

Published Dec 7th, 2015