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13k Genuine Miles: 1987 Buick Grand National

It seems that I’m not alone in really liking the 1987 Buick Grand National because since this one was listed for sale, the bidding on it has been very spirited. In addition, there are currently 95 people watching the listing, which indicates that this is a car that ticks a lot of the right boxes for a lot of people. Located in Woodbury, New Jersey, the Grand National is listed for sale here on eBay. That strong bidding has pushed the price along to $35,100 in a No Reserve auction.

Looking the Grand National over, there really isn’t a lot to be critical of with this car. The paint and panels appear to be in great condition, while the good collection of photos supplied by the owner indicate that the car is rust-free. It has all of the correct decals and stickers attached, while The glass and the original wheels also appear to be in first-class condition. With car styling becoming more square and angular through the latter part of the 1970s and into the 1980s, many cars from that era don’t appeal to everybody’s taste. However, if a manufacturer chose the right paint and trim combination, it was a whole different story. I have always thought that Buick managed  to get this right, because the combination of the black paint and those chrome wheels give the Grand National a seriously tough appearance.

Buick certainly decided that the Grand National needed performance to match its looks, so under the hood is the turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is backed by the 4-speed THM200-4R automatic transmission. With 245hp on tap in 1987, the Grand National was quite a performer. It was a car that was part of the “changing of the guard” when it came to how manufacturers and the buying public thought about muscle cars. The Buick was capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds, while the ¼ mile ET was an impressive 13.9 seconds. It was now a case of cubic inches not necessarily being king. This particular Grand National has only accumulated 13,212 miles during its life and is said to run and drive extremely well. The presentation under the hood is very impressive, and there are no obvious signs of any problems or leaks there.

The impressive presentation continues when you look inside the Buick because apart from some very minor stretching of the fabric on the driver’s seat, the interior looks to be original and faultless. There have been no aftermarket additions to the car, but there are some nice touches to be found, such as the original floormats. Equipment levels inside a Grand National were impressive for the day, with air conditioning, power windows, power locks, cruise control, a tilt wheel, and a very nice AM/FM radio/cassette player all being part of the package.

I make no secret of the fact that I really like the 1987 Buick Grand National, and it would seem that I am not alone on that front. Values on these have really started to trend upwards in recent times, and while it is possible to find clean examples for under $30,000, really good ones will often sell for more than $40,000. That would be the sort of territory that I would expect to see for this one, but is someone can buy it for less, then I think that they will be onto a winner.


  1. Ike Onick

    And the comments are pouring in!

    Like 1
  2. Chas358 Chasman358

    Beautiful car.

    They perform better than the 245 HP would indicate.

    Like 5
  3. Bob McK

    Another low mileage GN. I wonder why all of the owners are dumping them.

    Like 2
    • glen

      Did nobody drive these? They all seem to have low mileage. I drive my vehicles into the ground!

      Like 5
      • PRA4SNW

        There have been a few listed here that were used really HARD and tossed aside.

        The ones that have been used regularly must not be very interesting.

        Like 0
    • Mike

      I think everybody is suddenly realizing that they were NOT the only one carefully preserving one for a huge retirement payday.

      Like 3
    • Superdessucke

      They’ve held their value pretty well but nothing that would justify this is an investment. These were meant to be driven and enjoyed.

      Like 2
  4. Steve

    Automotive badassery.

    Like 3
  5. Coventrycat

    Haven’t we seen this car a million times already? Oh wait, they’re all like that. Can’t tell one from the other.

    Like 7
  6. Superdessucke

    6.1 seconds was quick for ’86 but would be so-so now – though mods will get you into scary fast territory, Never quite took to the upright styling either. But apparently 35,000 George Washington’s disagree with me!

    Like 0
  7. pugsy

    What’s the point of a fast motor if it’s wrapped with an ugly 80’s square box car?

    Like 3

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