1968 Camaro SS vs 1970 Buick GS455 – PURE STOCK DRAG RACE (single heads up)

1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 375hp L89 vs 1970 Buick GS 455 (Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race)
The first car is none other than a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 L89. The L89 took the high performance 396 engine, the L78, even one step further when Chevrolet put a set of aluminum heads on it. Sure, it didn’t really add any horsepower, and it was a VERY expensive option, but it did remove a decent amount of weight from the front of the vehicle. And Camaros can definitely use that! It’s a quick car, and it looks great! I’ll think I’ll add this one to my wish list… just like every other car we’ve featured.
The Camaro’s opponent is one that gets somewhat overlooked, yet, it definitely shouldn’t. It’s a 1970 Buick GS455. AN ABSOLUTE TORQUE MONSTER. The Buick also brings something that a lot of other GMs couldn’t; FAST WITH CLASS. I like it. I want it too.

Remember, both of these cars participate in the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race series, so make sure you look them up on FB! Here are their rules:

For 1955 to 1979 musclecars built in United States and Canadian assembly plants with a minimum warranty of 12 months and 12,000 miles.
Any car running faster than 11.50 will be disqualified and will not have a qualifying time recorded.
Any convertible running faster then 13.50 will be disqualified and will not have a qualifying time recorded.
Casting numbers must be correct for the year and horsepower claimed including intake manifold, heads, and exhaust manifolds. Blocks do not have to be “numbers matching,” but they must be the correct displacement. Overbores up to .070″ are allowed. Stock cranks only.
All Engines – 1.5 extra points allowed over advertised.
The camshaft must be correct for the year, model, and horsepower claimed for the type of lifter (hydraulic or solid). Roller cams NOT allowed.
The valve train must be factory stock for the year, make, and horsepower claimed.
The ignition system must be stock, including the distributor, cap, coil, and wires. Points may be replaced with any electronic conversion that fits under the stock distributor cap.
The carburetor must be correct for the year, make, and horsepower claimed. Jetting and metering changes are permitted. THE CHOKE ASSEMBLY MUST BE IN PLACE AND FUNCTIONAL!
Cast-iron exhaust manifolds are mandatory and must be correct for the year, model, and horsepower claimed. Internal modifications to the exhaust manifolds are NOT allowed. Under no circumstances will headers be allowed, including those cars that came with headers delivered in the trunk. Pipes must be routed as they were originally for the year, make, model, and engine combination. Mufflers must be stock looking in design, that is, oval in shape. No glasspacks or straight pipes allowed unless installed as original equipment. Maximum muffler inlet and outlet size is 2.5 inches. X & H pipes allowed.
The radiator must be correct for the year, make, model, and horsepower claimed. No lightweight, aluminum radiators allowed.
Maximum stall limited to 2200 rpm.
The transmission must be correct for year, make, model and engine of the car. 3-speed manuals may be upgraded to the correct 4-speed if originally available.
The rear axle must be of the same manufacturer as the car. Any gear ratio is allowed.
Reproduction tires or radial tires only.You are allowed to run tires one size over stock.
Factory wheels only.

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  1. Re-upload! Error in the first video… mistakenly said this is a '71 Buick. Anyway, both cars participate in Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Racing, so read the rules/mods listed in the video description. Thanks for hanging in there with the error!

  2. Thanks for the videos! I'm tired of the mod/tuned cars dragging each other when we know that the one with the deepest pockets to mod and tune theeir muscle car usually wins! There's nothing like stock against stock, mono-e-mono, with no bells and whistles!

  3. Bump the timing up on the GS over factory warrenty spects, like the chevy, it will smoke the chevy. Been there done that. Had a 72 cutless with a 350 4bbl, blew the doors of a 70 gto with a 455 by 2 car lengths back in the day. All in the tune guys.

  4. I think the "hot" GS for 1970 (and I think this was the only year) was the "Stage 1". If you can find one of those racing, I'd be interested. I had a 70 Cuda 340 and my in-laws bought a 70 Stage 1 at the end of the model year. They picked it because it was a Skylark in white with a brown vinyl top and brown interior. It had all the luxury, but it also had all the power.

  5. Be advised that I did not send that negative comment. I truly enjoyed seeing the quick intro. of the cars followed by the race. I have no idea how my last comment was changed from positive to negative. Lets' see what this comment is sent.

  6. Honestly thought the Buick with all that torque would have had the Camaro on the launch, despite the extra weight, but lose it towards the end. 70 or 80# off the front end with those aluminum heads is probably equal to setting the engine back 2 or 3". Another great vid.

  7. Aluminum headed L78, I didn’t know that head was offered (on a ‘67)? It sure launched well and continued the great run. A 12.35 street car? Nice. And a 13.2 street car? Also going to win a bunch of street races.

  8. That Camaro should have been racing a 1970 Buick 455 Stage 1. That would have been a better race.
    We had a 1970 Buick GS 455 Turbo 400 bone stock, same color as this one but with white interior.
    The four of us were cruising one Friday night and this beautiful 68 Camaro small block came next to us at a light with only a driver and his girl, beautiful sounding cam, we went at it and just beat him by a car length.
    Those were the days.

  9. OK. I can't take it anymore. I know the song on the intro, but I can't remember the song and / or the artist.
    So, please, please reply with the song title and artist……

  10. That's like trying to compare apples to oranges. You have a high hp pony car racing a torque monster full frame muscle car. Put that buick up against a 70 chevelle ss. Then it would be a fair race.

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