Second Chance: 1967 Buick GS 400 Convertible

1967 Buick GS 400 Convertible

Have you ever read those ads where the seller sounds really cranky? You know, the ones where he says not to waste his time and to not bother unless you have the cash in hand. Well, I don’t want to give those guys an excuse, but after selling a handful of cars online I can sort of see where they are coming from. Take my dad’s Buick that we listed a while back for instance. The auction went well and the high bidder contacted me right away after it ended. He even paid the deposit, but then weeks passed. He said he wanted to come see the car in person, so dad waited, and waited, and waited… More calls were made and more excuses were given. Finally, the buyer admitted that he had lost his job and just didn’t have the money to pay for the car. So, we have relisted it again here on eBay and have tried to not seem too irritated. I can see why some old guys get grumpy after having this happen a few times though. Hopefully, things go better this time around. I have a feeling they will!


  1. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    I forget the whole story of this car…remind us why your Dad is selling it along having purchased it just last summer?

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      It’s his dream early Cougar, and he has it already :-)

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Well, I can assure you it isn’t too make money. That auction turned out to be an expensive experience.

  2. Cassidy

    I wish you the best of luck this time around!

  3. Stefan

    Hi, i tried to bid on it but you dont allow foreign bidders?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      I’ll check the settings. I didn’t purposely block foreign bidders. You’d be responsible for all the shipping and storage arrangements though.

      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

        Ok, foreign bidders should now be able to place bids. I think…

      • Stefan

        Im sorry, just tried, still not work,

      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

        Sorry about that Stefan. I added your account so it should let you bid now. Please try it again and let me know. Thanks.

  4. Roseland Pete

    Out of curiosity, did Ebay/paypal force you to give the buyer his deposit back and did you get your ebay fees back?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      I did not return the deposit, but it looks like I might be stuck with the fees. We will see though.

  5. Woodie Man

    Jesse What do you know about where the car was originally sold and where its been? The minor rust seems to indicate a Northern climate? Do you know how many folks have owned it? These are the kind of questions I always appreciate knowing.

    , And keep your Dad away from th bidding paddles :)

    In a straight line it must haul!

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      I appreciate knowing the same things, but unfortunately the auction house wasn’t too generous with the details.

  6. Dairymen

    Auction companies never go out of their way to find extra information or check existing information. They’re in it for the quick buck but are notorious for misinformation.

    • Jason Houston

      And THAT you can take to the bank!!!!

  7. john

    Why is it when you are stretched financially the most gorgeous cars come up for sale? Irony or what! I will never bid unless the cash is in my hand. For now my house re model is eating me alive so I must just dream……………

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  8. Jason Houston

    Sellers who publish all those negative attitudes are only hurting themselves. Craigslist is FULL of them. I once saw an ad where some stupid, narcissistic clown placed a want-ad for a car. He finished with, “If you want too much, keep it. I’ll pay what it’s worth and no more.” I do know he got a lot of very expensive practical jokes played on him. If you don’t like dealing with the bottom-feeders (and when the bidding is low there are always plenty) ignore them or advertise somewhere else, if you can’t maintain civility.

  9. JW

    Good luck to your Dad on the second time around, I’ve only been burned once on ebay and I do my best to avoid such a mistake again but I’m sure it will happen at some point. The internet is full of underhanded people.

  10. Joe

    Jesse, good luck to your dad. Nice looking car. I can see why he bought it.

  11. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

    Looks like it might sell for more this time around anyway! The bidding is already above what it hit last time and the reserve is off.

    • Tom S.

      Nice. I hope you make enough to cover the losses on the first one.

  12. piper62j

    I still like it..

  13. Mike

    I don’t blame you for being cranky. Over the years of being around cars, I have sold a few, one that I never even picked up, but that is a different story. Anyway, I sold a 75 Buick Skylark at a car swap meeting, and the guy that wanted it, gave me a deposit, and signed a promissory note for the remaining amount. I kept the title and put a lien on it. Well after the first payment was late, I did not hear from him again for almost 2 months, and believe me I tried to get in touch with him. Once I finally found him, all I got was that him and his Wife broke up and she took the car, and she had cleaned out their checking and saving account. I told the guy that he had 1 week to return the car, I would give him his money back and it would be over with. Well come to find out he had wrecked the car, reported it stolen to the police and was waiting on the insurance to pay him for it, so he could pay me. How did I find this out, one of the local Policemen was dating my Daughter and made the comment about how bad it was that I had sold the Skylark that he would have bought if he had know I was willing to sell it. So I told him the story I had been told, well needless to say the Officer did some checking into it and then he turned it over for investigation, and bingo the car was found hidden at some buddy’s place, and the story went on from there. The Guy I sold the car to went away for 5 to 7 for insurance fraud, the buddy that had the car was given probation, but the car was trashed, in pieces, we figured they decided after he had wrecked it he was trying to strip what was left of good body panels and sell them off. What a shame, I liked that car it was nice.

  14. Dan

    I’m on the receiving end of cranky. Seems that so many sellers on Craigslist, sell their vehicle but fail to remove their listing. Then they are upset that you called, not knowing it was sold. Sellers, remove your listing! Don’t take it out on me!

  15. Vince Habel

    Somebody is going to get a deal.

  16. jd

    If this is a Barn Find~I’m going take a road trip to the Country~Get otta hewr.. barn Find My Plow!!!!

  17. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    I’ve always loved Buick’s pre 1970 that is. Would love to own a drop top 66 Skylark with factory engine and close ratio 4 speed manual. For now it’s me and my 64 Riviera. Somebody will love your car I’m quite sure.

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