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Cheap Muscle: 1971 Buick GS 455

1971 Buick GS 455

If you want a muscle car, but can’t quite afford one of the more popular options, this Buick could be the perfect fit. It has a huge 455 cubic inch engine under the hood and was quite capable on the drag strip back in the day. The looks weren’t too bad either! So, if you’re interested in this under appreciated muscle car it can be found here on eBay where you can bid or buy it now for $3,750. Thanks goes to JeffW for the tip!

Buick 455 V8

Power may have started to drop in 1971 because of the new emission regulations, but this was still a very potent machine. The seller claims that the engine will run, but that it needs a fuel pump. There isn’t much other information provided about the mechanical condition of the car, so it’s probably safe to assume that you will need to go through everything before driving it.

GS 455 Interior

The interior needs work, but it looks complete besides the missing console. Don’t worry though, the seller is including the original and a spare. The floors are claimed to be solid with minimal rust. I would want to take a closer look in person, but from what can be seen in the photos, it doesn’t look too bad…

Body Damage

Things were starting to sound too good to be true, weren’t they? There is some damage on the driver’s side that is going to need to be repaired and it’s not going to be an easy job. I’m assuming that’s why the car was parked in the first place. Hopefully, someone with either the skills or the money will pick this up and get it back on the road soon!


  1. Avatar photo Rick

    Neat car, cheap. Good luck with the roof!

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  2. Avatar photo randy

    There’s the rub. Damage like that usually totals a car, and as old as this one is, may be why it was parked. He may get his price, I’m going to watch and see where it goes.

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  3. Avatar photo Vince Habel

    71 still ad plenty of power but not as much 70

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    • Avatar photo Tom Hearsey

      It may be a 71′ But the only distinguishing feature, the rear bumper, tells me it is a 72′.

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  4. Avatar photo Rick

    A really good metal guy could repair that but it would be $$$

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  5. Avatar photo JeffW

    I would by this if I was back home or would be home in the near future. Just like my guys on here with the one that got away stories, I had the opportunity to buy a 71 GS Stage1 Convertible back around 1980 for 400.00. It needed rear quarters since it was rear ended. Decided to pass on it even though I had the cash and the ability to repair. Kicking myself now!

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  6. Avatar photo HeadMaster1

    Was it rolled, lightly tipped on it’s side??? The car looks good otherwise. I remember hearing years ago that Buick had aluminum big block motors, anybody familiar with them? I once had a 69 442 conv with a built 455, fun car….

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  7. Avatar photo pontiactivist

    I agree it’s a 72, looking at the rear bumper. Rubber strips and emblem but, the front says 71, no rubbers and no holes where they once were. So which is right.

    I have some experience with these. Mostly 70 models. Did own a 72 sun coupe and a 71 Skylab but have helped restore numerous others with a good friend of mine. We completely restored a 71 455 4speed converter a couple years ago he sold at Mecum indy the ass to year. Was a 1 of 1 car. He also had the 70 stage1 gm show car/prototype for a while.

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  8. Avatar photo RoughDiamond

    Whenever there are two of the same vehicles, the least desirable is always the one being sold.

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  9. Avatar photo TBall

    You had me at “Cheap Muscle”. And then, the photo of driver’s side came into view. It’s interesting on folks definition of “Solid body with little rust and damage to left A-pillar, roof, & some minor on the side”. When words like “little” and “minor” are added to minimize what’s really going on. With the damage to the windshield pillar adding to the roof – it will take some heavy-duty bodywork skills to bring this one back. Hope there is someone that has those skills picks this one up, would be nice to get it back on the road, over my head…

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  10. Avatar photo piper62j

    If you know someone with a frame machine, or have one yourself, just a light pull on the A pillar in a couple of places will get you the lines so you can replace it.. We’ve had a lot of these types of collisions over the years.. Once the pillar is rolled back, a used section from the salvage yard can be cut and prepped to fit right in.. Fit the door, mig it and prep for paint.. A 2 – 3 day job and you have a nice car.

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  11. Avatar photo MountainMan

    Great deal for the right buyer. These were strong, a buddy in high school had one, wrecked it bad and moved the drive train to a Chevelle. I often see cars that make me want new tools and more room. Like piper said if you have the right stuff this would be all better after a long weekend in the garage.

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  12. Avatar photo Dave

    I’d rather spend 10k more and not have to deal with such bad body work, but a 13k stage 1 diy project – I might be dreaming..

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