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12,717 Miles: 1987 Buick Grand National

This 1987 Buick Grand National nicely bridges the condition gap between sub-1000 mile survivor examples as we have seen surface recently and the well-worn examples that were driven hard. It’s listed for sale here on craigslist in Milan, Michigan at what seems to me to be a pretty steep price of $17,500.

As you can see from this period advertisement from oldcaradvertising.com, Buick wasn’t shy about tying things in with their NASCAR racing efforts even though the potent turbo V6 wasn’t used in the racing cars. We’re told that this one differs from new in needing its window weatherstripping, wipers and tires replaced due to age. The seller also points out a common flaw that the bumper fillers are cracked and need replacing–they have removed the rear one already. The wheels have a few minor spots of rust.

While this is the only other picture provided of the car, we’re also told there is a tiny crack in the left corner of the dash, a tiny ping on drivers door, and a small mark on the passenger’s door interior panel. The radio antenna is broken along with the remote mirror switch. I applaud the seller’s efforts to give details about the car, I just wish there were more pictures in the ad itself, although the seller does invite you to their facebook page to view more. How do you feel this car bridges the gap between a worn out machine and one that you are afraid to put miles on because of the instant depreciation?


  1. mlm

    It would be nice if this guy was in my neighborhood so people wouldn’t be asking if mine was for sale.Regardless of price I would be surprised if this lasts long.

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    • Steve R

      The listing has been deleted by author.

      Steve R

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  2. Rich Handel

    Already gone.

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  3. edh


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  4. Steve E

    And ANOTHER fool and his money are parted.

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    • Al_Bundy John m leyshon Member

      Always amusing to see guy’s who know everything ! Takes a fool to know one !

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  5. Coventrycat

    I’d rather have that Granada from a few days ago.

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  6. tom

    I applaud the honest description, someone used it as a driver and will let the next guy sort it out. Evidently a serious buyer made an acceptable offer and away it goes. Keep those Michigan ads coming!

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  7. Will Fox

    I know it’s gone already, but the one photo I saw sure looks like a REAL rough 17K miler!! No way was it worth the asking price, but someone fell off the turnip wagon and bought it. Glad it wasn’t me.

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    • Greg

      More than likely it was 117K. These only had 5 digit odometers. I have the 442 with 101K on it and it was about in equal condition to this car when I bought it.

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  8. A Little Stinky

    Back in 1986 a friend took me to look at a 1967 Shelby GT 500 with a dealer installed 427 with two 4’s . It was the dark blue with the black deluxe interior with all the stainless trim and with a 4 speed, it was absolutely gorgeous to me. It was a little rough but I didn’t care I was 24 years old and was sporting a 1973 Mach 1 that I had just bought the year before for 1200 bucks. I thought the car was a lot of money but I still wanted it , to me it was the holly grail of Shelby mustangs because I was huge fan of the 427 and as far as I’m concerned the best motor ever built. Well I didn’t have the kind of loot so I went to my mom to co-sign for me as that was the only way the bank would give me the money and when I told her what it was she laughed and said for one I wont be responsible for your death and two, for that price a fool and his money will be soon parted. My mother knew what that car was,she had a 70 Mach 1 back in the 70’s with a 351 Cleveland with a 4 speed and a shaker. ARGHH!!! I was heart broken as I was trying to look other places for the money ,it sold later that week. Well with that said the last one I seen sold like that was a little short of a half a million. So when you sit back and think about it can you judge anybody for what they pay for a car? Its easy to judge but a whole lot harder to bust your wallet open. Does anybody really know what he future brings. I don’t think so.

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  9. Dusty

    I guess he got what he wanted !

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    • tom

      And if you own one, that’s good news!

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