3. Buick GS 455
The Buick GS 455 is a special, interesting car in muscle car mythology. As you might know, Buick was a luxury car brand and wasn’t interested in the muscle car hype of the mid-60’s. However, despite its restrained image and older clientele, Buick produced a couple of memorable machines with high horsepower ratings and unmistakable style. Cars like the Riviera GS, Wildcat, and Skylark GS were true muscle cars with uncompromised performance and a high level of luxury and quality.
But, in 1970 when GM lifted its ban on engine displacement, Buick decided to introduce one strong model they named the Grand Sport 455. This car featured the famous 455 V8 producing 360 HP, which could launch this big, heavy car to 60 MPH in just around 6.5 seconds. This was lightning fast in 1970 and its speed is still respectable today. Since it was a Buick, they equipped the GS 455 with updated standard equipment with a long list of optional extras.
Every GS 455 came with a heavy-duty suspension, beefed-up steering, brakes, and much more. The price was close to $4,000, which was a hefty sum for the day. However, the GS 455 coupe proved so popular, they built over 8,000 of them. Today, you will expect to pay 10 times the original price for decent examples of this rare, special muscle car.