Thursday, June 13, 2013

15k: Vader's Buick: 1987 Buick Regal Grand National

The 2nd generation Buick Grand National was the last vehicle from Buick to not be a total snooze fest.  It was rear wheel drive, available with turbocharged V6 engines and styled aggressively.  We normally don't promote show cars on DT, but this time we will make an exception because it looks mean.  Find this 1987 Buick Grand National modified custom currently bidding on ebay for $16,302 with 1 day to go in Los Angeles, CA.


The 20 inch wheels are a bit over the top, but the rest of the paint, bumpers, grille, etc. look great.  The seller claims to have invested $60k into the car and this is one of those cases of "no money better spent than the previous owner's."


The basic Buick 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 was good for 245 horsepower and 355 ft-lbs of torque, but this one has been rebuilt, poked, prodded and boosted to 455 horsepower at the wheels.  Expect burnouts, chirps after each gear change and general misbehavior.


Never seen a steering wheel with that many spokes, and we could imagine it would make resetting the trip computer a bit tricky.  But the rest of the interior looks nice and the tiller does match the wheels in style...so....


This isn't the Grand National for someone who wants an original stock example to cruise around, but it represents the other end of the spectrum, the modified car with lots of other people's money thrown at it.  It does look nice, but the lingering question is always "did the guy doing the work do a good job?"  Only a thorough inspection and time will tell.



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9 comments:

  1. I so tried to convince my parents to get a Grand National version instead of the regular Regal they bought at the time. Parents just don't understand...

    My two cents on this example: absolutely positively love the souped up Grand National, absolutely positively hate the wheels - all five of them. Fortunately, it's relatively easy (but not inexpensive) to right that wrong.

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  2. I had an '86 GN with around 65K on it for a couple of years. They drive like nothing else. You would expect to feel the 3.8 to be working hard to get the big car up to speed so fast, but it pulls effortlessly, like a locomotive. Also, a cool night can give you a noticeable boost in output with that big intercooler. Car nuts: Make sure to own one of these, or at least drive one, once during your life.

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  3. tired of every 80s american car having shitty rapper wheels.

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  4. Disgraced a beautiful 80's muscle car with ghetto wheels from the jungle.

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    1. Sooo being in Caves and having tails is better?

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  5. Quiet, you racist ass. Go post on the Stormfront forums.

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  6. ~ heyhey, now. play nice, kiddies.

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  7. I say the rims is on personal style so stop hating that car looks good if you don't like it you don't have to comment on it...

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  8. I am a true believer in "too much rim ruins a car", please stop putting 22's on classic Impalas, no more cutlass 442's on 100 spoke 20's... however this is one of the few times big wheels look great on the car. There is still rubber on the rims and everything is tucked in tight. I am a Buick guy (building a Hemi Killer GS) and i think these t-types are hideous to start... so if you think the rims are ruining the car (MACMAVEN) you are as stupid and ignorant as your racist comment above. I bet your idea of a good looking ride is an IROC with a paint job that matches your doublewide. Please don't procreate as a public service for our country, it would be patriotic to cut your genes out of future gene pools!!!!!!

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