HomeNews and EventsBarrett-Jackson Houston Docket Preview: 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype

Barrett-Jackson Houston Docket Preview: 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype


The wisdom of Three Dog Night has impacted my days more than I would readily admit. I know one is the loneliest number, but I also keep in mind that two is often as bad one. When a collector car is one-of-two it sparks my interest but hopefully those numbers won’t leave me melancholy with loneliness.  

1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Prototype (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

At the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Houston auction a 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 prototype show car is on the docket and it’s one-of-two produced. The numbers don’t lie, this is a rare muscle car.

“In early 1970, Buick Motor Division pulled two identical white GS Stage 1 hardtops off the assembly line for special conversions to tour the auto shows across the country,” the listing states. “These cars were optioned identically and even their body numbers are only 2 digits apart. One was converted into the well-known GSX prototype and this is the other. They toured the show circuit together and were to be destroyed. A dealer intervened with the understanding that they were never to be sold. While out of town, they were both sold and they survive today.”

455cid V8 (Image courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions)

The exclusivity of this 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 extends to its Fireglow Pearl exterior, as that particular hue was only used once. Fame and accolades have followed this rare Buick. It was the feature car in the August 2005 edition of Hemmings Motor News and a Certified Gold Winner at the 2010 Buick Performance Club Nationals.

It’s powered by a 455cid V8 engine paired with a M4 Turbo 400 automatic transmission that sends power to the 3.64 posi-traction rear end. It was optioned with power disc brakes and power steering. This car has its original sheet metal, clear glass, Fireglow Pearl paint, and white interior.

Highly original and rare? Maybe one isn’t the loneliest number and two isn’t necessarily as bad as one.

The Barrett-Jackson Houston auction runs from October 20-22, 2022 at the NRG Center.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.



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