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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 Wars

The 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
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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 1963-1965 Buick Riviera, specifically the 65 model, as the stacked headlights were only in that model. It also appears to draw inspiration from both the First Generation Pontiac Grand Prix and 1966 GTO.

The rear of the vehicle is reminiscent of a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS with its similar square, concave-folded tail lights and inner reverse lights with a black matte strip running along the back of the trunk connecting the two.


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 seconds, yet 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 tons.



The requested Bucanneer in Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV.

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 Buccaneer 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 GTA Chinatown Wars, a Buccaneer is the first car in the game available for the plater to steal. This Buccaneer has a unique white color and can't be found anywhere else. The player can store it just directly after the mission ends.

In Grand Theft Auto V, there is a unique Green and black two tone variant that already have several modifications included, such as EMS upgrades, transmition, limo tinted glasses, racing suspension, etc. This variant, along with another unique modified Tornado and Manana, are found randomly parked in a bus junkyard at the far southeast corner of Los Santos's urban area.

Modifications (GTA 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

Modifications (GTA V)

  • Bumpers
  • Grille
  • Hood
  • Roof


  • 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.
  • 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
  • The Buccaneer is one of four updated cars in GTA V that do not also appear in their GTA IV variant. The other vehicles are the Sentinel, the Feltzer and the Coquette.


GTA San Andreas

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City


GTA Online

  • Spawns frequently when being requested by Simeon Yetarian for his Import/Export Garage.


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