This 1967 Buick GS400 Was Washed 3 Times a Day to Prevent Rust
This 1967 Buick GS400 belonged to my grandpa. He recently passed away and it now belongs to my grandma. I have always seen pictures of it, but never saw it in person until 2013. I fell in love with it ever since. Mainly because of the fact that it's such an old car, and he's owned it all his life. It's obvious that he knew how to take care of this Buick when you first glance at it.
The car is just under 80,000 miles, only owned by one person, and there is no trace of rust anywhere on it, even on the quarter panels which is a common rust area for vehicles in this area. My grandfather ordered this 1967 GS400 from the Buick dealer that he worked at (Schumann Van Atta Buick ) and wanted the 4 speed option. He had the only 67 GS with a 4 speed to come through the dealership. He even got to see the car come in on top of the big GMC carrier and watch them unload it.
He purchased it in the beginning of January of 1967, and got on February 10th, 1967.
This car was purchased brand new. He only had two items of precautionary mechanical work done. Sometime between 1968-1969 he had the rings re-done. It hasn't been apart since. In it's later years, he had the radiator re-cored and a new exhaust installed on the left side.
He never intended to keep the car. He was going to sell it when the two year mark was up, but he never did. My grandfather figured that no one would give him a decent price for this 1967 Buick GS400. If you think back, 1969 and 1970 were the biggest years for the American muscle car. The 426 Hemi, the Boss 429, 454, and the 455 all came around in that time. Who would pay to get a 400? It's also interesting to note that this car was sometimes washed three times in a day in the winter to prevent rust. Around here, we're very notorious for snow, and this was his daily driver for the first 7 years. He always put oil in the trunk to get to the quarter panels, and he would put it in and around the fenders, rocker panels and so on.
We're from Hallstead, PA, just near the NY border. I had always grown up around Buick cars. I grew up with my dad owning his 85 Regal T-Type, and we had a 79 and 86 Century that I can remember for the first few years of my life, and my grandma and grandpa always having Buicks. (Their 1996 Regal GS, and their 2001 LeSabre currently) and now my dad has his '93 Park Avenue Ultra. I continue to be exposed to Buick's all the time, and I love every second of it.
A video of a drive through the country. See how smooth is the ride.
I think that Buick is an under appreciated brand for it's performance cars. I think that my grandpa's Buick specifically is probably the most unique out of the rest of the 67's still around to this day. He ordered very conservatively from the options list. He ordered the 4 speed, vinyl bucket seats, power steering and an undercoat as the "extras". This car has no A/C, no power brakes, and it has remained that way ever since. This car is almost entirely original. The car still has the factory clutch, and even the factory "Star Wars" air cleaner.
The Buick did, however, not always see road time. He had other cars. He would sometimes get tired of the bucket seats, or driving with the four speed. So, he would put the car in his garage, and just leave it. Every once in a while he'd go out and run it for a few minutes then leave it be. There was a period where he didn't touch it for three years. It is now regularly attending car shows (won two second place trophies), and drawing eyes and dropping jaws as it cruises down the road. It was featured in Old Cars Weekly in July of 2012.
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Written by Zach Benedict