In The Weeds: 1986 Buick Grand National

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The seller of this 1986 Buick Grand National parts car claims this was a running, driving example that simply quit on him after a gas station fill up. After multiple failed attempts by various mechanics, the Grand National was simply parked when no one could figure out the cause of the no-start conditions. Whether you believe that story or not is up to you, but you’ll find the GN here on eBay where you can place a bid or buy it now for $7,500.

Mileage is not low, at 163,000 and change. This alone opens the door for any number of mechanical abnormalities, so the seller’s story about suddenly becoming inoperative could hold water. Then again, it could simply be a parts car on a property that looks like it has more than a few laying about and the owner finally realized Grand Nationals pull good money in almost any condition. This one is said to be laser-straight and free of any major rust.

The engine bay bears the hallmarks of many years of standing in one place, and I can only imagine what sort of field day rodents have had with the engine harness. The seller obviously doesn’t claim this could be a running / driving car with any sort of ease, but does go so far to say that the Grand National is a “great start” for a project, and that it drove and shifted perfectly before the unusual cessation of acceleration.

Some parts have already been stripped, including the steering wheel and seats. Those are desirable items, but I’m sure another Grand National owner has a spare of both items stashed away. If the mechanical fault is a simple one, someone could look pretty shrewd buying a collector car like this – but if the solution to the non-start condition evades the next owner, then its future as a parts car is confirmed.

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  1. NotSure

    No way for $7500, non-operable for 14 years, left outside and cannibalized for parts. Seems that the seller wants ALL of the money!

    Like 49
  2. Bakyrdhero

    I know of a driver for similar money. No way.

    Like 34
  3. ChebbyMember

    “Survivor.” Looks like a corpse to me.

    Like 59
  4. poseurMember

    What a drag to see it sit I loved like this.
    Not rare enough to warrant saving.
    Find a (much) better example for a little bit more & start enjoying immediately.

    Like 19
  5. nessy

    I know it’s hard to find a Turbo Buicks for peanuts anymore but come on now. $7500 for what? How hard would it be to spend a full day giving the body a good wash, bolting the fender and header panel back on, if, he even has the parts anymore. Lazy and dreaming. This 87 T Top was online for 10k last spring and sold quickly. I looked at it, car was very decent with a few mods too and I went back 2 days later but it already sold for the 10k asking price. Great deal but I was 2 days too late. I think the extra 2500 would have been better spent on this 87. It just shows that there are still respectable driver Turbo Buicks in the 10k to 12k range. You just have to look.

    Like 24
  6. 71FXSuperGlide

    I don’t believe the story for one minute.

    What a shame to see one of these GN’s end up so neglected.

    Like 19
  7. Keith

    Sometimes people who ask these amounts of $$$ for clapped out heaps are not in touch with reality or just plain high. Condition is everything, not just the name recognition of the car. The worst offenders however are the Porsche and VW van owners, they always want top dollars for their clapped out junk.

    Like 31
    • Mark

      Spot on.

      Like 7
    • PRA4SNW

      You didn’t mention Mopars, Keith.
      I’m surprised.

      Like 3
  8. Keith

    Rusty VW Van

    Like 11
    • 71FXSuperGlide

      I start the bidding at $75K.


      Like 17
      • XMA0891

        Say what you will – The Market is The Market. Wish that bus was on my back-forty.

        Like 3
      • slickb

        Well I will buy it at $125K

        Like 4
      • Ralph

        $250,000 from Wayne Carini…..he says this is ” a real bucket list car for him”…..which he will promptly be selling at a Goodings auction before the end of this episode……

        Like 8
    • John B

      If that VW critter ain’t in a calendar somewhere, it should be. The Porsche too. Great pics!

      Like 3
  9. Angrymike

    The owner of this corpse was laughing his behind off when he typed this, “lol you think anyone will give me $7500 for it” what a joke !

    Like 10
  10. Christopher Wenz

    Is it April Fools Day already?

    Like 3
  11. Jorge

    Yeah this car was defiantly neglected over the years. This is more of a laziness and not giving the car attention or guy could not afford the fixing anymore and didn’t wanna give it up to anyone else.

    Like 5
  12. 86_Vette_Convertible

    I believe the decimal point is misplaced, it should go between the 5 and the first zero.

    Like 7
    • Steve

      I beg to differ. I would give $750 for it. The 8.5″ rear axle alone is worth that . $7,500, though… Nope.

      Like 5
  13. Rob

    Sitting next to, what appears to be two 850i’s and an MG, you have to wonder…

    Like 3
  14. Maverick

    Rust in pieces.

    Like 4
  15. Superdessucke

    It’s lying in the weeds…for someone’s wallet.

    Like 3
  16. Pookie J Pawlicki

    I got $7.00 I’m not doing anything with. Matter of fact, it’s burning a hole in my pocket

    Like 5
  17. James

    It’s nice to see that someone actually drove the $hit out of one of these, instead of locking them up in a climate controlled tomb with 23 miles.

    Like 9
    • moosie Craig M Bryda


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  18. Coventrycat

    I just saw it at Wal Mart a couple weeks ago, next to some Montes and a couple Grand Ams…

    Like 2
  19. Robbie R.

    At $7500, there’s no way to come out ahead, or break even on this turd.

    Like 1
  20. Hollywood Collier

    The a/c only needs a can of Freon….LOL

    Like 1
  21. Comet

    Don’t forget it’s “laser straight” and free of rust!

    Like 1
  22. David Rhoces

    nice to see one that wasn’t driven for 3 miles and stored !

    Like 5
  23. PRA4SNW

    What do I do when my car won’t start?
    Pull the seats and steering column, of course.

    Like 9
  24. Bodyman68

    Leave it where it sits maybe 50 years from now itll be worth $750 .

    Like 2
  25. Bob McK

    Look a Grand National with more than 56 miles on it… That is a rare sight on Barn Finds. Does anybody think this is more than a parts car?

    Like 0
  26. m1moralfire

    Parts Car Only having issues with it just shut off at the gas station

    Like 0
  27. mark houseman

    Here’s it’s brother………what a shame!!!

    Like 1

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