The Albany 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 and Grand Theft Auto V.
GTA San Andreas
The Buccaneer is based on a 1970-1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (probably the 1972 model, as it doesn't 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.
GTA IV — Chinatown WarsThe Albany Buccaneer in GTA IV looks more like the 1971-1973 Buick Riviera, while it still broadly draws inspiration from the 1970-1972 Monte Carlo (but 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 hood ornament.
The GTA Chinatown Wars rendition retains the Monte Carlo influences, 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.
In GTA V the Buccaneer's design is changed completely from GTA IV. The front strongly represents the 63 - 65 Buick Riviera, specifically the 65 model. The stacked headlights were also in the 65 but not the earlier years. The mid to late 60s Pontiac Grand Prix and GTO had similar light setup but they are at the same depth.
GTA 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.
The Bucanneer is a fairly heavy car, needing a V8 to lug around its portly weight, however its cornering is acceptable at low speeds. But drifting on dirt can be fun when in a Buccaneer. Its top speed is about 102 mph.(164 kph), 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.
The Buccaneer in GTA V is quite good. It has a very good top speed, and handling/braking is very good as well. Having said this, the mid sixties Riviera's engine was a great engine . It 401 cu in (6.6 L) Nailhead V8 or a 425 cu in (7.0 L) Nailhead V8 and while this engine has enough power, it is nothing special, except the size of the engine is above average. It could do about 120 MPH, or around 200 KPH. With the same power as the larger Buicks and less weight, the Riviera had sparkling all-around performance: Motor Trend found it capable of running 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 8 seconds or less, the standing quarter mile in about 16 secondsYet the Buccaneer can clearly excede this speed. The handling is also quite good, considering the car would be made of metal, and possibly weigh around 2 tonnes.
In GTA San Andreas, the Buccaneer, along with the Tampa and the Manana, is a gang car of the Da Nang Boys. It can only be found in the Easter Basin and Garver Bridge region in San Fierro, along with the Tampa. They can sometimes be spotted in Las Venturas near The Four Dragons Casino driving around the strip or parked in parking garages. Warning: The car will be locked so you can't jack it unless its being driven.
In GTA IV, a Bucanneer is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, with a uniquely candy maroon and black body color. As a new Bucanneer 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.
In Grand Theft Auto V, there is a Green and black two tone variant that sometimes has EMS upgrades, transmition, etc.
Modifications (GTA San Andreas)
- The Buccaneer can be modified at TransFender:
|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|
|Side skirts||Side Skirt||$ 500|
|Off Road Wheel||$ 1000|
|Car Stereo||Bass Boost||$ 100|
Modifications (GTA V)
- Upon completion of Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV, the Bucanneer may be sold at his garage for $1,800.
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, a Bucanneer appears with single headlights in a body shop business sign.
- The Buccaneer plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- The Buccaneer is the first vehicle available to the player in GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Due to the low height of its driver's seat, CJ will kick the car's occupant when stealing the car in GTA San Andreas.
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, the steering wheel bears a Declasse emblem.
- The GTA San Andreas and GTA IV versions look very similar to each other
- This car somewhat resembles the Tampa, and also the GTA IV rendition of the Emperor.
- In GTA San Andreas, the TransFender in Las Venturas has charges 20% more for each modification except colours.
- Found in Midnight Club 2, another game made by Rockstar, is a muscle car called the Bestia. It appears that the design for the Buccanner 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 off.
- Even though the Buccaneer in GTA V is a soft top convertible, the roof cannot be taken off, unlike with other convertible cars.
- The Buccaneer in GTA V closely resembles the Tampa in The Ballad of Gay Tony.
GTA San Andreas
- Bayside Marina parking lot, Tierra Robada.
- Very common in Easter Basin and Esplanade North because these are Da Nang Boys territories.
- Spawns anywhere when the "junk cars" cheat is activated.
GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City
- Mostly spawns in Beachgate, Firefly Island and Hove Beach (Broker).
- Rarely spawn in Boulevard, Fortside, Bohan Industrial, Little Bay, Northern Gardens and South Bohan (Bohan).
- Very rarely spawn in North Holland, Northwood, Star Junction, Presidents City (Algonquin), Schottler and Beechwood City (Broker).
- Commonly in Cypress Flats, South Los Santos.
- 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 (HD Universe) and can be found driving and parked in Grove Street.
- A special green and black Buccaneer is driven by the Grove Street Families (HD Universe) and can be found driving and parked in Chamberlain Hills