"With the kind of pedigree that just screams 'organized crime', the Buccaneer has always been the vehicle of choice for thugs with delusions of grandeur. But while the mobsters of yesterday had to settle for being classy and understated, today you have access to the kind of modification that will make you a target for racially motivated policing across the length and breadth of San Andreas. Eligible for customization at Benny's Original Motor Works."
Benny's Original Motor Works description.

The Buccaneer is a 2-door coupé/personal luxury car in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV (where it is misspelled "Bucanneer"), Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Buccaneer is based on a 1970-1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (probably the 1972 model, as it does not have turning signals on the bumper). Its design resembles that of the Picador, as both cars take inspiration from vehicles built upon the Chevelle platform.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Grand Theft Auto IV rendition of the Buccaneer resembles the 1971-1973 Buick Riviera, while it still broadly draws inspiration from the 1970-1972 Monte Carlo (although it has lost much of its fastback profile and has exaggerated proportions), but is also influenced by other vehicles. The front end looks closer to that of the 1974 Chevrolet Caprice and even more so 1974 Cadillacs because of the inclusion of a hood ornament.

The vehicle shares some similarities with the 3D rendition of the Tampa, and also the GTA IV rendition of the Emperor. Oddly, despite being manufactured by Albany, the steering wheel bears a Declasse emblem.

The car is always set to spawn in a single-tone color, and various chrome details can be seen on it, namely the sides and around the windows.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars rendition retains the Monte Carlo influences from GTA IV, leaning more towards the design of the GTA San Andreas rendition, although it is far shorter than both its previous renditions. Its wide headlights echo the double headlights of the GTA IV rendition.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online iteration of the Buccaneer strongly represents the 1963-1965 Buick Riviera for the body style and the front, specifically the 1965 model (as the stacked headlights were only in that model). It also appears to draw inspiration from both the first generation Pontiac Grand Prix for its headlights, 1966 Pontiac GTO for the grille unit, and the '67 Pontiac LeMans for the vinyl roof. It also shares some styling with the 60's Ford Fairlane. The rear of the vehicle is reminiscent of a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

The Buccaneer's design is changed completely from GTA IV, featuring an older appearance with a raised rear suspension, giving it a dragster-like style. The front of the car is predominated by the split grille in the center, with the stacked circular headlights located on the outer edges and surrounded by chrome details and located in black housings. A chrome bumper spans the width of the car and follows the curvature of the outer edges.

On the sides, chrome details can be seen on the wheel arches and the bottom of the sides and rear, as well as classic circular mirrors near the cabin's A-pillars, also finished in chrome. The cabin is mostly covered by a soft top, featuring chrome trims around the windows

The rear of the car features square, concave-folded tail lights and inner reverse lights, with a black matte strip running along the back of the trunk connecting the two and surrounded in chrome. The trunk displays the car's name with chrome letterings embossed above the black strip, and a rear bumper covers the width of the car and also follows the curvature of the outer edges.

The primary color of the car is applied on the upper half, while the secondary color is applied on the lower half. The stock wheels are identical to the "Dukes" rims also available at Los Santos Customs, although it gives the wheel color a darker tone.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Picador slightly outperforms the Buccaneer in acceleration and handling, but the Buccaneer has a higher top speed. Despite its lowrider-like appearance, it can only be modified at TransFender. It houses a high power and torque large displacement V8 engine under the bonnet of the car.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 4 Petrol RWD 1700 / 3748
N/A N/A N/A N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Buccaneer is a fairly heavy car, needing a large V8 to lug around its portly weight, however its cornering is acceptable at low speeds. Its back end is prone to fishtailing when cornering at high speeds. Its top speed is relatively low.

GTA IV Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Buccaneer, despite being based on a heavy luxury coupe, possesses one of the highest speeds of all the muscle cars, reaching about 110 mph on the first person speedometers. This is not a very big advantage however, as muscle cars such as the Dominator and Dukes are marginally slower. Braking is acceptable, but nothing too spectacular or noteworthy. Having a decently powerful V8 under the hood, acceleration is average, achieving 60 mph in the 5 second range. GTA V's Buccaneer sports '440 GT' badges, suggesting that the engine has a displacement of 440 cubic inches (7.2 litres). The Buccaneer is able to go through most corners without spinning out, and oversteer is quite minimal, which is surprising for a vehicle of its size and weight. Overall the Buccaneer is a solid muscle car, where despite having a high top speed in its class, the rest of the car is common within the category.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 91 / 146 5 N/A RWD 1600 / 3527 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 146 / 235 5 440 cui (7.2L) (Badging) RWD 1601 / 3530 N/A
7.1 Seconds 110 / 177 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Hood Fury Scoop $ 150
Vents Oval Hood Vent $ 150
Square Hood Vent $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Win $ 550
Fury $ 350
Alpha $ 250
Side skirts Side Skirt $ 500
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
Upgrade: Benny's Original Motor WorksB Buccaneer Custom N/A $390,000
Armor No Armor $100 $200
Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $100 $200
Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $250 $500
Custom Chin Spoiler $500 $1,000
Stock Rear Bumper $250 $500
De-Chromed Rear Bumper $500 $1,000
De-Chromed & Wheelie Bar $750 $1,500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Grilles Stock Grille $100 $200
Custom Grille $375 $750
Hoods Stock Hood $150 $300
Cowl Induction Hood $325 $650
Vented Hood $750 $1,500
Single Intake Bug Catcher $875 $1,750
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $1,000 $2,000
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $100 $200
Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $3,625
Plates Blue on White 1 $50 $200
Blue on White 2 $50 $200
Blue on White 3 $50 $200
Yellow on Blue $75 $300
Yellow on Black $150 $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Roofs Stock Roof $100 $200
Painted Roof $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,800
Suspension Stock Suspension $100 $200
Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $100 $200
Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo None $500 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000
B Only available at Benny's Original Motor Works (enhanced version).

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V


Buccaneer Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online
The Buccaneer Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

The Buccaneer Custom is a custom variant of the Buccaneer exclusive for Grand Theft Auto Online, which features highly-advanced modifications, and hydraulics enabled, not present on the standard Buccaneer.


Grand Theft Auto Online
The Lurcher in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

The Lurcher is a hearse-converted variant of the GTA V model of the Buccaneer, featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Halloween Surprise update.

Gang Variants

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

In Grand Theft Auto V, there are unique Buccaneers belonging to the Los Santos Vagos, Families, and Ballas gangs. These gang variants are customized with the following modifications:

  • Custom Chin Spoiler/De-chromed Rear Bumper
  • Custom Grille
  • Vented Hood
  • Painted Roof
  • Competition Suspension
  • Drag SPL Muscle wheels
  • Limo Window tint

Gang members will open fire on the player if he/she attempts to steal one of their cars. If Franklin steals a Families Buccaneer, he will be ignored. The same applies for the GTA Online Protagonist, although care must be taken as players may sometimes get a bounty if stealing a Families' Buccaneer. The gang variant of the Buccaneer in GTA Online nets the players $9,875 in Los Santos Customs upon selling it.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • In Grand Theft Auto IV. a Buccaneer is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, with a uniquely candy maroon and black body color. As a new Buccaneer will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • There are unique non-gang modified variants that can be found in El Burro Heights at the bus junkyard on the corner of South Shambles Street and Hanger Way, most often at night. These share the same upgrades as the gang variants but with different paint. The non-gang modified variants feature unique worn Olive Green paint with Lime Green pearlescent paint, Dark Green secondary paint, and a unique wheel color not available in Los Santos Customs, Beeker's Garage or any other vehicle mod shop. Similar non-gang modified variants of the Manana, Peyote, and Tornado can be found parked at the same bus junkyard as well as in front of Olson's Autos on El Rancho Boulevard in Cypress Flats, most often during the day.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Stevie's Car Thefts - The Buccaneer is one of the 30 vehicles wanted by the Stevie's Car Thefts in the side-mission of the same name.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Very common in Grove Street and Davis.
  • A special yellow and black Buccaneer is driven by the Vagos and can be found driving and parked in Rancho.
  • A special purple and gold Buccaneer is driven by the Ballas and can be found driving and parked in Grove Street.
  • A special green and black Buccaneer is driven by The Families and can be found driving and parked in Chamberlain Hills.

Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Upon completion of Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV, the Buccaneer may be sold at his garage for $1,800.



  • The Buccaneer plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Found in Midnight Club 2, another game made by Rockstar, there is a muscle car called the 1971 Bestia. It appears that the design for the Buccanneer in Grand Theft Auto V takes heavy inspiration from this vehicle. Coincidently the Bestia is unlocked in Los Angeles, the city that Los Santos is based on. However, the player can make the Buccaneer have a resemblance to this car painting it bright purple with a pearl white effect on the paint.
  • On the Rockstar Games Social Club, viewing any muscle car in a GTA Online garage will display the Buccaneer as the template.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Due to the low height of its driver's seat, CJ will kick the car's occupant when stealing the car.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • A Buccaneer appears with single headlights in a body shop business sign.
  • The name "Bucanneer", seen when the player enters the vehicle, is clearly a typographical error — the name is spelled correctly on the rear of the car, in Stevie's text message requesting the car, and within game files. Its mispelled name appears to be only present in earlier installments of the game, as it is confirmed that in Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, the name is spelled correctly.

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