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1970 Buick GS - Mike Smith

1970 Buick GS - Mike Smith

What was it Roy Castle used to sing? “Dedication is what you need…!” And there’s no doubting Mike Smith’s dedication to this Buick which he’s owned for 37 years. He bought it as a basket case in 1984 and restored it himself initially in the Eighties, then drove and raced it for a couple of decades. Ultimately, he took it off the road and sent it to Canada for a 10-year nut and bolt restoration, where it had the doors, boot, rear and front wings replaced, as well as the glass and convertible frame. The GS was Buick’s version of the GTO, basically a high-performance, sporty version of the Buick Skylark. It features a 455cu in V8 rated at 350bhp and 510lb-ft of torque – very useful when racing at the drag strip (where it got 13.4 up the quarter mile!) Equipment includes power-windows, -seats and -tilt steering.

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