1987 Buick Grand National
1987 Buick Grand National
For 21 years before NASCAR started selling naming rights in 1971, its top stock-car racing championship was known as the Grand National, and the name lingered in public usage long after the series officially became the Winston Cup. Ten years later, Darrell Waltrip raced factory-backed Buick Regals to claim back-to-back championships in 1981 and '82. So, it was in keeping with division general manager Lloyd Reuss's thrust to move Buick's image from a maker of cushy "doctors' cars" to something more youthful and exciting when it unveiled the first Regal Grand National at NASCAR's 1982 Daytona 500.
For consignment a 1987 Buick Grand National, named for the NASCAR series prior to it becoming the Winston Cup. A square and rectangle iconic design all dressed up in menacing black. Exterior is in nice condition, the interior is good, and the engine is strong. It'sall looking good for this 1987 example, a true classic in the NASCAR sense.
Literally all black drapes this car from stem to stern, leading with the slightly raked back front egg crate grille, square headlights (dual duals) with new bezels, and a nice body matching front bumper below. A slightly bumped hood, more black window trimmings around original glass, well minded gaps at the doors and steel panels, and a nifty small opera window for the B pillar. Another body matching rear bumper with new filler panels, and above a small integrated into the trunk lid spoiler. Racy but tasty, a sedan you can take for a night on the town or run against some competition if you are feeling frisky. 15-inch polished wheels add some bling to the bottom and raised white letter tires are wearing these wheels all around. Also noted is the “T” topped roof with removable smoked glass panels sitting within like new rubber surrounds, no leaks here.
Very nice and very racy with high back buckets in velour broadcloth with light gray tuck and roll inserts, and black bolsters surrounded by black piping. A rear bench with the same design, and these all float in a sea of black carpet which is very clean and like new. Door panels and dash as well as center console are formed from gray/black carpet, molded plastic and some more crushed velour in gray tones. A square and rectangle dash in gray with a black panel for the instruments fronts an original steering wheel. The dash is very clean and well preserved. Doors show power window and power door lock toggles, and in the center of the seats, the console houses the shift lever, and a square glovebox. A digital radio panel hovers above the console and mounts into the center of the dash. Headliner is minimal due to the roof panels, but all looking clean and green.
A flip of the hood, and a nifty BUICK logo with Turbocharged moniker silk screened into the hood liner hovers above the beautifully preserved engine. It is all original, all numbers matching and presents as a 3.8-liter V6 turbo that pumps 245 horses. It has an intercooler for the turbo and is fed by EFI. A numbers matching 200R4 4-speed automatic is behind this turbo mill, and in back, a 10 bolt 8.5 inch posi rear axle with 3.42 gears is on. Consigner states that this rear axle along with the rear suspension has been totally recently rebuilt and receipts are included.
Underneath we see a new fuel tank and a new sender with fuel pump has been put on with the tank. Under is all rust free, and well preserved with solid floorpans and toe kicks, frame, and drip free bottom end of the engine and transmission. Independent suspension with coil springs upfront, along for the ride are power disc brakes. On the back this rebuilt suspension is a 4 link with coil springs, and power drums are along for this ride. The exhaust is a Hooker Aerochamber setup.
Hopping in, I felt like I was at Daytona but with a tuxedo on ready to go out to an expensive dinner and be driven by a chauffeur. Racy mixes with class and she fired right up and accelerated very nicely with the inter-cooled turbo. Braking was nice and straight, and handling was snappy with a great ride. All functions were working, and A/C blew cool, but not cold.
The best of this car is in two different coats. Ona a black overcoat for a night on the town, and the other a black mask for a night at the track, It's nice to have both, and all in very nice condition. The engine is very clean and original, and the new rear suspension works wonderfully. Someone will be a proud owner and have good fun to boot!
1-2 Door Coupe
7-LC2 3.8L SFI Turbo
P-Pontiac, MI Assy Plant
456939-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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