Many experts are of the opinion that the '65
GS is one of the premier muscle cars of all time. Back in '65 when
the car was introduced a number of experts had great things to say
about Buicks entry into the muscle car field. They commented on
the great combination of an amazingly responsive engine with
blistering torque and acceleration wrapped into a chassis that
delivers a smooth ride and competent handling. Remember the whole
muscle car concept was still in its infancy in '65 so cars like
this one were a "big deal" and something fresh and new in the
Personally, I've always liked these cars. I
guess it's because these aren't just simply a big engine in a
stripped down car as so many muscle cars were. The Gran Sport
offered a unique combination of performance AND luxury that was
seldom seen in the niche muscle car market place. Beyond that I
like them because they're something different. If you go to a
large muscle car show with a significant concentration of cars you
might see twenty Chevelle's and GTO's for every one of these
I purchased this beautiful car in 2005. I was
told that I was only the third owner since new. The first owners
were die hard Buick fans and that's all they ever bought. They
needed a new second car for the school teacher wife. Actually, I
was told they really wanted a regular Skylark with a small engine
but they needed a car that very day and this was the only mid-size
the dealer had in stock at the moment. They definitely weren't in
the market for a muscle car when they purchased it. After a year
or so they finally came to the conclusion that a performance car
like this was far more automobile then they needed for the wife's
everyday driver. So, another car, something more practical and
economical was purchased as her daily transportation. However,
they liked this car a lot. So much so that they decided to stretch
their budget and keep it as a strictly fair weather, go out to
dinner / Sunday driver. That decision is what has allowed this one
to become the beautiful survivor that you see today.
Gran Sports are DEFINITELY NOT just an emblem
trim package on a Skylark. Unlike the Skylarks these cars have
fully boxed frames (like the convertibles) and with much heavier
cross members and sway bars. They have a much beefier rear end
with special gears and bearings that are different from the
Skylarks. The coil springs are heavier and the front brakes are
bigger. The engine mounts are larger and the exhaust is larger
too. Of course there are the engine differences which are in a
word HUGE by comparison to a Skylark.
The specs are as follows:
- 401 CID
- 10:25:1 Compression ratio
- 325 Horsepower
- 445 Torque
With specs like these when new, these cars
could scoot from a standing start to sixty miles per hour in 7.8
seconds which is pretty impressive for a 3,200 pound car. Also,
Hot Rod Magazine ran a test on a GS WITH an automatic transmission
(as this car has) in the NHRA's B / Stock class and achieved a
13.42 /105mph result. Even with these impressive numbers the fuel
economy wasn't too bad either @ approx. 12.3 mpg but I guess that
wasn't quite enough for the first owner.
The Gran Sport was not actually introduced
until January 1965, so that made it a mid-year production car. As
such, it never had a unique serial number designation. There are
definitely ways to tell the difference between a Skylark and a
Gran Sport. These cars are so popular that there is a web site
dedicated specifically to them called 65GS.com. If you go there,
you will learn the ways to tell the difference between the
Skylarks and the Gran Sports. It's definitely a GS that we've got
This particular car has an impressive list of
extra cost options that include the following:
- Air conditioning.
- Power windows.
- Power steering and brakes.
- Vinyl top.
- Tilt wheel.
- Factory Buick tachometer built into
- Factory radio and clock.
- Automatic transmission.
- Factory floor mats.
- Factory seat belts.
- Extremely rare emergency brake warning
- Extremely rare passenger side Buick script
- Extremely rare accessory trunk light on a
This particular car originally came with the
14" wire wheel spinner hub caps on steel wheels. The second owner
preferred and purchased the 15" Buick sport wheels with red line
tires that you see here. Fortunately, he saved the original parts
and gave them to me when I purchased the car. The original wheels
and caps are included with this sale. By the way, the second
owner told me that he showed the car at Hershey one year and took
a second place in the original, unrestored class. He said that had
it not been for the fact that the judges had to deduct for the 15"
wheel size versus the original 14" size he'd have taken the first
in class award. To tell you the truth, I prefer the look of the
larger size Buick chrome sport road wheels too. I think they
fill-up the wheel wells much better but sometimes they do rub in a
The previous owner said he thought that most
of the original paint was still on the car. Personally, I don't
think so. There may be some original paint on it but I'd prefer to
call it a very high quality older repaint. The vinyl top is
totally original and I believe this gorgeous interior is original
as well. That is, except for the interior carpet which is so nice
I'm thinking it must have been replaced. The trunk mat is original
and I think the spare tire is too. The car has had a very good
quality engine and chassis detail in the proper colors.
One last thing I forgot to mention... The car
is well documented with the original owner's manual and
protect-o-plate. It even comes with the factory broadcast sheet
which is almost impossible to find. I've got some very interesting
original sales literature for it as well which is also
All in all, this car is an exceptionally nice,
mostly original survivor car that is a unique opportunity for any
muscle car enthusiast.
Asking a very reasonable $39,500. Please call
Larry Kay in Scottsdale, Az. @ 480-483-2555
Some excellent photos of the car are available
on a friend's fabulous web site called www.deansgarage.com If
you're a true "car guy" you'll love this web