1965 Gran Sport, 4 speed, Convertible Restoration Project

Discussion in 'Cars for sale' started by '65softtop4, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    Offering my 1965 Gran Sport for trade or sale. This Gran Sport convertible is one of 598 built in 1965. This Gran Sport came from the factory as a Verde Green on black with black convertible top when new. This 4 speed numbers matching Gran Sport has been going through a rotisserie restoration with the body work and Verde Green painting now complete. The restoration has been on going over the past several years at one of the nations top restoration shops, American Muscle Car Restorations, Inc. in Rhode Island. The body and paint on this beautiful Gran Sport are impeccable and is well on it's way to being one of the best (if not the best) '65 Gran Sport alive today. The frame and suspension have been completely restored with the freshly painted body mounted on it's beautiful frame. The T-10 transmission has been rebuilt while the original Wildcat 401 is yet to be touched. The nos grille will finish off the front of this very rare classic very nicely as the most difficult components of any classic restoration have now been completed. With most of the original parts and components included with this Gran Sport, certainly, the new owner will be well on his (or her) way to completion of one of the most significant muscle cars of its era, the automobile that Reynolds Buick of West Covina made famous, the 1965 Buick Gran Sport!
    I have invested over $85 K in this Gran Sport and the work completed to date. I would be interested in trades or will accept $45 k for the Gran Sport.
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    Last edited: Jan 25, 2020
  2. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    What is the current state of the car please?
    I saw the body was back on the frame but would need further details before passing this on,
    Interior & drivetrain installed & running or body on the frame at this time.?
    Not currently in line.
    Very handsome color & well optioned representation of the 1965 model.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2020
  3. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    The body is on the frame.
    As stated above, transmission is rebuilt, but, haven't gone through the engine as of yet.
    Interior components to be restored and installed as does the exterior trim.
     
  4. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    Is the intention to sell at posted price assembled or as stated “body on the frame” & potential buyer needs to finish the restoration (basically full assembling of interior & exterior parts as well as full drivetrain install)?
    Trying to determine how exactly it sits today for potential buyer.
    Thank you.
     
  5. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    Where is, as is.
    Needs completion.
     
  6. PGBuick

    PGBuick Well-Known Member

    Beautiful! Good luck with the sale.
     
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  7. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    How many 1965 4 speed convertibles, matching numbers cars are out there.
    I have to move the Gran Sport by 4/1, reasonable offers considered.
     
  8. PGBuick

    PGBuick Well-Known Member

    I have one of them, which I completed several years ago. If you figure a 10% survival rate, that's 60 cars, maybe less. I personally have seen maybe 10 of these other than mine, but there are surely more. I tend to pay attention to pricing and actual sale prices of these for obvious reasons. Even if completed and the best example known of a 65 GS convertible 4 speed (which it very well may be - verde green is not common), my opinion is that $45k would be a high price for a 65. Perhaps at auction to the right buyer, it might bring $50-$60k when complete and perfect in every way. That's our big challenge in the hobby - there are few cars that will recover the full resto cost if we are paying a top-notch shop to complete it. I think most here can fully appreciate how much effort and money you have into it, however, it still needs the motor at least cleaned and regasketed and detailed assuming it even runs, a full interior resto and how much for chrome and trim? You're looking at another $10k minimum to get it assembled if the work is done by the new owner, and it could easily be more. It's a really tough call for both you and a potential buyer. It's going to be such a gorgeous car for those of us partial to the 65. I truly wish you good luck with the sale. If you haven't, you may want to post at 65GS.com.
     
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  9. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    I certainly understand that the market determines value in most cases. I also understand that the value of a restored vehicle such as this becomes somewhat less than the investment we made. Isn't it the love for the vehicle that drives us to such ends. However, do not discount the appreciation for a highly desirable vehicle done the right way. These standards are financially unattainable by most of us, but, there remains a certain few that are in want of just that, the best of what's left of that breed. And as you said there isn't much left of this breed.
    We have put much into this restoration thus far and are looking to hand this off to someone who is willing to see this restoration through completion. So, what's the goal here? To restore a true classic only to a perceived market value? Or to bring one of Buick's most significant Gran Sport models back to show room life.
     
  10. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    With the huge amount of time & money invested to bring it thus far, I would safely say even though not finished that this car will be far superior to any one sitting brand new on a showroom floor back in 1965 if a new owner picks up the torch & continues on the same path of bringing this rare car to it’s zenith.
    Best of fortune with your sale.
     
  11. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    I am more interested in seeing it completed as originally planned than seeking the 45k.
    Just want the right guy or gal carrying on the vision.
     
  12. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    Does $35,000.00 work any better...….as Mark D. would say , gotta go...gotta go....
     
  13. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

    That does sound better! Curious as h_ll but not in line, are the bolt on parts like fenders and hood also in paint at this time? You kind of alluded to it but no pics...
     
  14. wheelz

    wheelz 'B' is for Buick.


    I must'a missed it in the text, where is "WHERE IS -AS IS"?? Rhode Island?

    Wheelz, Tampa Bay
     
  15. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    While asking questions could there please be some clarification on the part of the ad announcing the NOS grill and "as the most difficult components (which please?) of any classic restoration have now been completed".
    Have the bumpers been replated & all of the stainless steel trim repaired where needed and buffed?
     
  16. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    Hi Wheelz
    Yes RI
     
  17. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    Yes, hood, fenders, trunk lid all in Verde Green.
     
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  18. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    Clearly the most difficult and costly part of a restoration is the body work and paint, especially to get to the level of perfection as this body.
     
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  19. 65GSConv4sp

    65GSConv4sp Member

    What about Stage III's question? Have the bumpers been replated & all of the stainless steel trim repaired where needed and buffed?
     
  20. '65softtop4

    '65softtop4 Well-Known Member

    No, they are in need of restoration.
     

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