1969 Buick Gran Sport:
Many great classic cars and muscle cars begin as an option for an entirely different car before proving their worth in the auto industry. For some, it can take years to show just how popular the option could be as its own model, but for others, it becomes obvious very quickly that it should be much more than an option. The Buick Gran Sport is just one example of a car which originally began as an option, and in this case, the classic car Gran Sport was considered an optional package for the Buick Skylark when it was first introduced. The story of the Gran Sport began in 1965, and it would continue until 1975.
In 1969, the Buick Gran Sport was still an optional package for the Skylark, but together, they represented Buick’s fastest car that year. Two Gran Sport options were available, a 350 GS and a 400 GS. Each, of course, derived its name from their engine sizes, which were 350 and 400 cid, respectively. Each was a V8 engine. The 350 cid engine produced 280 horsepower, and the 400 cid engine produced 340 horsepower, making it quite desirable among car enthusiasts. Combined with the 4-speed manual transmission, this was a vehicle built not only to look cool, but also to impress friends on the road.
With just over 19,000 units produced, the Gran Sport option offered sleek looks and speed. The two-door vehicle was perfect for a trip to the drive-in theater, and helped usher in the ever-faster American cars of the 1970s.
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