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The car had a 425 dual quad Riviera motor, but it was extra $ and sitting in the guy's barn disassembled.
The car was last registered in 1973, and had been sitting here on this property outside of Palmdale, CA,
in the Mojave desert ever since. I guess he was liquidating his entire collection of 30+ old cars.
Realizing that he was getting on in years, he finally put it up for sale in 1997 for $900,
and I was the 11th caller by 7:30 AM (the paper comes out at 6AM). I bought it on the spot.
He gave me the original title and all the documentation, including every servicing the car ever received.
It's slated for a frame off restoration in the near future, but in the meantime, it's garaged and the drive train
has been completely rebuilt. 90% of the paint is the original Arctic white and is stained with rust.
If this car had sat like this anywhere outside of the southwest, I don't think it would have been savable.
The 66 Buick GS is a rare post coupe. I was going to buy it as a parts car for my 66 convert
but it was so nice that I passed on it. The price was $450; it sold an hour later to a guy who planned
a full resto for it. The car had entirely original paint, almost entirely straight panels, and all
chrome looked NOS or better. - Tony
FROM TONY: 1966 Buick GS Convertible that I bought from the original owner.
It's a rare car--one of 431 1966 GS convertibles produced with 4 speeds.
It's probably the only car ordered like this. Almost everything is original- the 401 motor,
T-10 4 speed, 3.55 positraction rear. The original owner, an 80-something-year-old retired dentist,
special ordered it in 1965. He parked it in the early 1990s, in a friend's backyard, because the engine
had a spun bearing. He declined hundreds of offers to sell the car, and let it rot in the California sun
for years because he thought he'd get around to restoring it.