The modern muscle car wars in Detroit provide gearheads with plenty of headlines to track as horsepower figures steadily approach four figures and track-specific packages become the norm. Throw in the new, mid-engine C8 Corvette and the American automotive landscape begins to look positive for perhaps the first time in ages.

But there's still something magical about classic muscle cars that automakers have failed to capture in the current era, meaning that true fans of the form will always find joy in, for example, the likes of a 1970 Buick Gran Sport 455 currently listed on Hemmings.

The Good Old Days

1970 Buick Gran Sport 455
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The recipe hasn't changed in decades, which is part of what makes this Gran Sport so special. Dropping a big V8 into an aggressive body will always be a good idea, as evidenced by this Gran Sport's Stage 1 package, which includes a 455ci powerplant originally rated at 360 horsepower. The Stage 1 package also included a low-restriction exhaust, a performance axle with Positraction, and model specific badging.

Looking Good

1970 Buick Gran Sport 455 3
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Cosmetically, this example presents quite well, which may be thanks to what the listing refers to as "only a couple of owners for the past 50 years." The Black-on-black theme looks solid from every angle, though perhaps most while looking over its thick rear haunches.

The rest of this car's factory options include a Turbo Hydromatic 400 three-speed automatic, power disc brakes, power steering, chrome-plated wheels, air conditioning, the Rally Ride Control package, and power windows.

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Well-Apportioned

1970 Buick Gran Sport 455 4
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For lovers of Detroit steel, this 1970 Buick represents an opportunity to step back in time—and it's got rarity, to boot. The car is currently for sale by Gateway Classic Cars in Dallas, Texas, and the listing highlights only 2,465 Stage 1 examples built, with 1,785 leaving the factory equipped with the automatic. Throw in only 65,000 documented miles and an asking price of $71,000 and this one should sell quickly to a happy new owner.

Sources: Hemmings, Gateway Classic Cars

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