Daily Driver: 1987 Buick Grand National

The seller of this 1987 Buick Grand National states that it is a daily driver that has traveled 90,000 miles. It appears to be an honest car that the buyer could drive and enjoy exactly as it is. You will find it listed for sale here on Craigslist. Located in Toms River, New Jersey, it is offered with a clean title. If you hand over $14,900 you can take this one home. A big thanks must go out to Barn Finder BW for referring this car to us.

While it may not be perfect, this Buick presents quite nicely. There are a few minor chips and scratches, but overall the car appears to be nice and straight. I certainly can’t see any obvious signs of major accident damage, and the black paint has a good shine to it.

Interior shots are a bit limited, but the back seat looks to be nearly perfect, while the fronts look just as good. There may be some discoloration of the material on the door trims, but with this particular material, it can be really hard to be sure without inspecting it in person. It’s also important to remember that this particular car is a daily driver and not a trailer queen, so the occasional mark or blemish is to be expected.

The engine is the 231ci turbocharged V6, and this is as close as we get to a look at it. When Buick first introduced the concept of the 231ci turbo engine in 1978, the engine produced 165hp. Ongoing developments of the engine, coupled with the addition of an intercooler and fuel injection, saw power reach an impressive 245hp. This car features all of those improvements, and the seller states that the car runs and drives well.

Being used as a daily driver means that this Grand National is not a car that is likely to pick up too many trophies at car shows, but that’s not what this car is all about. This is a daily driver that is there to be driven and enjoyed. The 1987 Grand National is developing something of a cult following, and market prices tend to reflect this trend. This particular car is neat and clean, and at $14,900, it also happens to be one of the cheapest ’87 models on the market today.

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  1. poseur Member

    and the turbo G-body Buicks are showing up en masse!

    this is a decent looking driver but sellers description that “All original means it has everything you are expect from a 31 year old car from jersey” has me guessing it includes random Bon Jovi & Springsteen cassettes stuffed in the center console as well as stale pizza crusts & Dunkin Donut remnants scattered between & under the seats.

    it’s best years are behind it & for the money it’d take to make it look & drive like it isn’t a near-100,000 mile ’80s Buick from the snow belt, i’d gladly choose an example with 40k-ish for $20k instead.

    • Frank Sumatra

      And a 51 year old “Wendy” in the right seat popping her bubble gum and doing her nails.

  2. Dean

    Story – ’99 I worked next to a printing shop, and the secretary had one of these (or an 86) that I often admired…one day there was a yellowish Brand new VW Bug parked in her spot, so I asked her at lunch….she traded it in and was tickled pink the dealer gave her $1000 trade-in on the Buick..I shook my head and walked away as that was all I could do.

    • Superdessucke

      That Bug is probably squashed by now, while the GN is worth high-teens.

      Bad, but not as bad as those who traded 1970 Chevelle SS396s in on 1976 Corvettes at least!

      • Don dump

        Chevelle’s are overrated overpriced dinosaurs

  3. Andre

    Nice buy for a great fair-weather daily. I’d much rather drive this to work than most other $15k cars sitting with me on the highway.

  4. Rx7turboII

    No way! Another grand national here on barn finds??!! Lol

    How unusual! 😄😄😄


  5. Mark

    At least the price is in a normal range! I would have the undercarriage checked for any major rust since being from NJ. I lived half my life there!

  6. Coventrycat

    If it’s Thursday, it’s Grand National Day. I complained about 90’s Corrolas here before, but now they’re looking pretty good. And way more interesting – the only thing that sets these apart from each other is the mileage driven. Other than that it’s the same ol’ same ol’.

  7. David Miraglia

    Next door to NYC. Nice car…

  8. Troy s

    There was a cult like following of these whoosh mobiles back then, or so it seemed anyways…it’s not so much of a trend developing now, maybe resurgence would be more like it.
    I have to admit it’s nice to see one that’s been used over the years, driven as it should be as opposed to being locked away for several decades expected to be the next hemicuda value wise.

  9. Ron

    What’s with the hole in the drivers door panel and the red rub on the edge? Someone gots some ‘splaining to do.

  10. Mike

    I used to work in Bowing Green, KY in the early to mid nineties and there was some sort of a Buick convention there every year. I guess I just saw soooo many of these at once annually that they fail to make much of an impression on me. I also owned a 1987 Cutlass Supreme coupe that was the biggest piece of doo doo in my automobile history, so much so that it made me say I’d never buy another new GM car, and I think I associate the Buicks from this time period with the same build quality issues. But even after telling the buyer all of the issues with my Cutlass, I thought he was gonna wet his pants when I sold it to him for a thousand dollars in 1993, leaky T-tops / oil burning / bad torque converter, etc etc etc.


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