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Intercooled Fun: 1986 Buick Regal T-Type

Buick has built some beautiful cars over its history and there have been a select few with outstanding performance. One that will forever stand out in the minds of 50 year olds is the 1986 and 1987 Buick Grand National and, its lesser known brother, T-Type. This is a 1986 Buick Regal T-Type which means it has the luxury of a Buick Regal with the heart of a lion. This T-Type is located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. It is listed for auction here on eBay and is currently bid to $14,000. The auction will conclude in less than two days and the bidding has only reached $14,000 for what seems to be a very nice example.

The blue velour interior is all Buick with a large cushy front bench seat. The car has power windows, air conditioning and cruise control. The interior appears to be in excellent condition. The seller reports that the mileage on the odometer is 134,000 miles but the car looks really nice with no obvious wear. It would be nice if there was more information in the ad about the car but it does say that it runs and drives well.

Buick set the world on fire in 1986 by intercooling the 3.8 liter turbocharged V6. It increased horsepower to a rating of 235 horsepower and 330 lb ft of torque. It was the same powerplant as installed in the Buick Grand National. It was backed by a 4 speed overdrive transmission. Only 2,384 T-Types were built in 1986 compared to 5,512 Grand Nationals. This car has had some modifications done to it because the air intake and heat shield have been powder coated gray. The engine compartment is tidy and nice.

The dark blue exterior is stunning and the car runs on aftermarket wheels. Not my cup of tea but they could easily be changed. This was the last year for the T-Type designation. In 1987, Buick dropped the T-Type package and called it the “T” Sport package. It was all the same just the nomenclature changed. I hope this car finds a good home as I am tempted to bid on it!


  1. Stan

    Nice car , the column shift is cool, and good write up Bruce. Intercooled t types are ultimate sleepers. Especially when all the badges are removed.

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  2. CJ Lemm

    I had a couple of Regal T Types, one of them gave up it’s driveline so I could use it in the street rod I was building, a 1934 Olds, my son took what was left and installed a small block and turbo 350 and used it for his high school car, I still have the 34 Olds with the turbo V6, what a great little engine.

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  3. John Prill Member

    Looks like a much better buy than that Grand National flood car also covered today. Same (?) guts, engine and tranny, plusher interior. No flood car worries.

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  4. FireAxeGXP

    Pathetic!!! TWO comments on this beautiful beautiful Buick?? Great paint colour. Love that blue velour. Wheels go great with the stance and look of this machine. Just wonderful. I had a cousin who owned a T Type Regal and a friend who owned a T Type LeSabre. Both great cars but obviously the power of the Regal made it the easy choice.
    I am kicking myself for buying a different Buick past week!

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  5. 19sixty5 Member

    I love the T Types. Little know fact, the T-Type was technically faster than the GN. It would have been only fractions faster, due to the weight difference between the T-Type’s aluminum wheels and the GN’s significantly heavier steel wheels, in the neighborhood of 12-13 lbs per wheel. This is a beautiful looking car, but I don’t think the wheel choice enhances the looks of the car at all. Go figure, I like the OEM Magnum 500 style wheels on virtually anything!

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  6. bobhess bobhess Member

    I like the car and the wheels. The better looking of the coupe series visually and the engines put out decent hp. Nice.

    Like 1

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