Make : Buick
Model : GSX
Year : 1972
Owner : Mohammed Al-Sudairi
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group
Probably the most mysterious Muscle Car
Buick is one of General Motors luxury line of production and is well known for being one-step directly below the all-luxurious Cadillac; very few have heard or seen a Buick Muscle Car.
We have selected for this issue a very rare surviving Buick Muscle Car the “1972 Buick GSX” owned by Mohammed Al-Sudairi from Saudi Arabia.
Buick started the GS lineup in 1965 and last debatably till 1975, others say it ended in 1972 and some even go further and say that 1971 was the end of it with very few and limited production in 1972.
The story goes back to 1965 when Buick decided to enter the Muscle Car Era with its Buick Skylark platform. At that time General Motors only allowed the 400 Cubic Inch engine to be installed in its intermediate body platforms however Buick had a different say. Buick decided to stuff its muscle car with their existing 401 cubic inch full-size car engine and created the Buick Skylark Gran Sport better known as the Wildcat 445.The model was an instant success and sold almost 16,000 units in 1965.
Throughout the years, The GS brand was getting bigger and better and the best was yet to come.
In 1970, it was the most important milestone in the lifetime of the Buick GS. General Motors lifted the ban on the 400 Cubic engines and it was time to hit the big numbers. Buick stuffed a brand new 455 cubic inch engine into its restyled GS and at that time this engine was considered to be one of the fastest and most intriguing mechanical phenomena especially with its capability to reach high output on lower RPM range.
In mid-1970, Buick introduced the GSX model as an upgrade on the GS 455 model and was one of the most successful and most powerful Muscle Cars ever produced.
In 1971 and with the end of the Muscle Car Era due to new government regulations and restrictions, the production of the GSX model was dropped to 124 units to reach only 44 units in 1972.
Mohammed’s Buick is one of the rare 44 units produced from the 1972 era and it comes equipped with a 455 stage-1 V8 engine producing 360bhp @ 4,600 rpm coped with 692 Nm @ 2,800 rpm, capable of reaching 0-100 KM/h in 6.5 sec and achieve 1/4 mile in 13.8 sec @ 162 KM/h.
Moreover, the 1972 production also witnessed a wide variation of colors after being restricted to only two in early productions; this Buick comes with a burnished Copper Poly color. It also comes equipped with 15-inch magnum 500s twist wheels fitted with 245/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/A. On the interior level it has an original dark saddle with a luxurious interior setup and a factory-installed air conditioning system.
It is a very rare surviving classic muscle car. It is one of 44 produced GSX.