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eBay Find: This 1975 Buick Regal “Free Spirit” Indy Pace Car Isn’t For The Introvert!

eBay Find: This 1975 Buick Regal “Free Spirit” Indy Pace Car Isn’t For The Introvert!

Bright colors and gaudy graphics weren’t exactly Buick’s thing in the mid-1970s…or, for that matter, any time. The 1970 Buick GSX came close, but Saturn Yellow and Apollo White were still safe choices and the black stripe pattern was relatively sedate compared to it’s peers. But by 1975, “performance” was a punchline, and everybody knew it. Cars that had been tire-melting performers just a couple of years prior were now neutered, heavier, gaudier, and were fitted with chromed battering rams at both ends. Even the sexiest 1975 offering..well, wasn’t. So when Buick got the nod to pace the 1975 Indianapolis 500, Buick had to create something to stir up some excitement, and that would take some stretching.


Starting with what was supposed to be a bicentennial celebration “Free Spirit” graphics package (which basically turned a Buick coupe into a rolling American flag with hawk symbols on all sides), the official Pace Car was something special, driven by James Garner and packing a 455ci V8. The street cars were decidedly more soft, packing the 145 horsepower Buick 350, barely acceptable for a nearly 4,000 pound two-door. It wasn’t meant to rip up the streets in, it was made to be seen in, and unless you’re as blind as Stevie Wonder, you saw it. Somewhere between 400 and 1,800 “Free Spirit” cars were built, but tracking them is a chore, mainly because they didn’t sell…something to do with nobody wanting a Buick with that kind of graphics package.

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It’s loud, it’s proud, and it could probably be seen from low-level orbit. We can’t really knock the design of the Colonnade Buick, but the graphics might be a little much for us. But what do you think? So offbeat it’s cool, or is this as welcome as the drunk guy at a NASCAR race running around shirtless yelling “‘MURICA!” at the top of his lungs?

eBay Link: 1975 Buick Regal Indy Pace Car 


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5 thoughts on “eBay Find: This 1975 Buick Regal “Free Spirit” Indy Pace Car Isn’t For The Introvert!

  1. geo815

    Paint by brown acid-eater, otherwise a decent car. Asking price is a little steep, but hey, there are enough brainless, baby-boomers out there who will put up the dough for it.

  2. derbydad276

    Whisky Tango Foxtrot …. who clones a 75 POS smog car …
    and where are the T tops? and floor shift & console ?

    ooooo its a ultra rare J code matching numbers … really

  3. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Oh that brown acid!

    The sap who painted this actually thought he was body painting a luscious Scandinavian chick who was stark naked and writhing in front of him. Then he was making long slow love to her but when he came down he was lying behind this thing with his Old Feller having intimate relations with its tailpipe…

  4. Rebeldryver

    The following year’s Spirit of ’76 cars had the same red, white and blue colors, but were far more classy and sedate compared to this car. But, being a Indy Pace Car, none of those were subtle.

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