11,288 Original Miles: 1986 Buick Grand National

This 1986 Buick Regal Grand National is another time capsule example, with just over 11,000 original miles and seemingly still in showroom condition. Despite the fact that there is seemingly always one of these mothballed-from-new specimens available for sale, perfectly preserved Grand Nationals still seem to command a following. This one has the rare “Hatch Roof” glass panels, giving it some added rarity. Find it here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $34,500.

The seller has listed the Buick with an opening bid of $25,875, with no one taking the plunge on lodging the first bid. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: listing cars with the big-time first bid never seems to entice buyers into the room. That aside, this Grand National does seemingly present as well as you’d expect for a low mileage specimen, with gorgeous paint and perfect shut lines gong down the sides, along with alloy wheels in mint condition.

The interior is in equally nice condition, with the unique Grand National buckets showing next to no signs of wear and the GN logos unblemished from new. The dash and plastic surfaces reveal no blemishes, and the T-top roof has obviously not had any hand in causing accelerated sun fading – there’s really nothing obvious to report as flaws in the cabin. Would you want the T-top roof option in your high-performance sports coupe? I’m personally undecided.

The seller notes the turbocharged powerplant shows no signs of modifications and is currently dry as a bone underneath. The Buick accelerates strongly with all temperatures remaining within spec, and the transmission has no issue firing off shifts. While the T-top roof helps this specimen stand out in a crowded field of survivor-grade GNs, I wonder if some performance enthusiasts would consider the impact to structural rigidity a negative. Does anyone agree/disagree?


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  1. Keith Keith

    Another GN……..

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  2. Classic Steel

    I want to hear about the the other cars on-lifts.

    I see C1&C2 vettes plus a goat headlight 👍👀

    Its a nice preserved Gran National which price is not bad for condition..


    I know it’s sacrilegious but one could buy and drive it since its close to a new car price 🤔😮

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    • Glenn

      Ah yes. So do I. LOL!! Some eye candy there.

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    • Glenn


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    • Steve R

      He has most of the other cars listed on eBay if you want to know more about them.

      Steve R

  3. Steve

    The answer is always T-Tops.

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  4. Bob McK Member

    Haven’t we seen this one before parked in the same place?

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  5. Larry siegel

    I had an 86 bought new for $19000 including tax
    Had it for 8 years , 168,000 miles
    T tops are the only way to go
    Bad transmission and electrical system , but I loved that car

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  6. Coventrycat

    11k on a Grand National is like 300k on a Toyota. With so many out there with less than 100 miles, this may as well be a parts car.

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  7. Kevin

    A GN for GNX money, yawn.

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    • john taggart Member

      try and buy a gnx for anywhere near 30 grand

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  8. Bakyrdhero

    T-tops are a plus for me. $34,500 today is equal to about $15k in 1986. It’s almost like buying a demo car with the Mileage. It’s the same price I paid for my truck. I would daily drive it for the most part and garage it in the winter. These cars just never age for me.

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