Restomod 1962 Buick Special With 555 HP Needs A New And Caring Owner

After spending its life, from 1962 to 2002, in stock form, this Buick Special eventually fell in the hands of Ted and Sue Richardson.

Ted teamed up with Ryan Butler of Hot Rod Fabrication, in Auburn, WA, to build a “sleek and drivable car, with an awesome powerplant and stance to compete for 2003 Street Machine of the Year“, as the vendor, BarretJacksonCollectionsShowroom writes.

One year later, the classic car was ready, with a fuel-injected 455 Buick big block pumping 555 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. But the updates don’t stop there, as they also include a custom Art Morrison Chassis with a special coilover suspension, high-performance brakes, 17-inch Budnik Arrowhead wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires, and many more.

Additionally, besides the restored exterior, the Buick’s cabin had went through a fair share of work and now features hand-stiched green leather, Fiero bucket seats, a custom-made rear seat and a roll cage.

Following its debut at the aforementioned event, where it went on to be a top-five finalist, the car was eventually on the cover of Custom Rodder the year after, in addition to other magazines. Rounding the entire thing up is the fact that it was also immortalized in videogame history after being added in Sony’s Gran Turismo 4.

As for its asking price, it’s definitely not cheap at $150,000, but considering that it ticks all the right boxes for a collector, it will probably have no problem changing hands in no time.


  • SHARP.

  • Zed68

    Awesome !!
    I’ve seen tons of restomods ruined by a bad choice of wheels but here it’s not the case.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    The interior is not as classy as the exterior but this is, all-in-all, nicely done.

    • ChrisInIL

      It was the color-matched roll cage that sold me on the car….but I digress. The orange “pinstripe” in the upholstery is either too wide, or shouldn’t be there at all, in my opinion. Keep one pinstripe on the dash (not two), at it would improve it immensely.

  • Big Black Duck

    stunning colour combination

  • Bash

    beautiful, soo wanna take it for a long road trip.

  • SteersUright

    The quality of this work seems incredible from the pics! Id love to buy a car like this if I had the cash.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    That interior is a stunning example of cool minimalism. The aircon controls are exquisite.

  • alexxx

    why would we ever want a new design?! just make modern cars with looks like this and new engineering (motor,transmission etc) and call it the day…

  • fabri99

    This car was featured in Gran Turismo… lovely.

  • Blanka Li

    Wasn’t this car in Gran Tursimo 5? I remember people getting pissed if the race was supposed to be muscle cars and someone would choose this one.

    • AM

      Yep, this is the one. It’s also in Gran Tursimo 4 (PS2) and Gran Tursimo 6. PS: In 6 they added more tuner/restomod cars.

  • DJ

    Awesome. i love resto-mods just don’t think i would have picked that exact model. Wasn’t there a sport roof 2 dr model ? or the convertible