No Reserve Project: 1987 Buick Grand National

By the 1980s, whatever vestige of what had been a muscle car was pretty much dust in the wind. There were some posers still hanging on but things had moved on in a very different direction – fuel economy, clean air, sound road manners, etc. And then, when you least expect it, Buick, a marque usually reserved for people my father’s age (and now me) comes along with the Regal Grand National, just like this 1987 example, located in Stamford, Connecticut and available here on eBay for a current bid of $7,100, no reserve.

The Grand National was introduced in 1982 as basically an appearance package. Discontinued in 1983, it was back in black for 1984 with a lot more Hubba-Hubba under the hood in the form of a turbocharged 3.8 liter V6. Power continued to climb until 1987, the Grand National’s final year of production. In that final year, Buick produced 22,287 Grand Nationals including 1,547 of the uber potent GNX models.

What made the Grand National so grand in ’87 was the 245 net HP, turbocharged 3.8 liter V6 coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. The seller tells us that this 3.8 was rebuilt 10,000 miles ago and has an overbore of .030 along with other mods and adjustments. The seller tells us that this GN runs “excellent.” Performance reports at the time placed the GN in the Corvette acceleration realm.

There is no image of the interior included because it is either on the exterior or in the trunk along with a whole lot of other parts. The seller claims that he has 99% of the necessary parts to complete this GN so this will be another assemble-it-yourself project. I’d also like to know what that missing 1% is.

There is no discussion in the listing regarding rust and corrosion and being that this is a New Jersey car and the A-pillars are rusted through at the base, I would want to do a very thorough inspection of the floors, frame, lower quarters, etc. Supposedly there are some dents in the roof and missing bumper fillers that will need attention, the dents are not visible in the accompanying issues.

These were fantastic cars, especially “back in the day” as very little could compete with a Grand National or top its Darth Vader bad-boy attitude. I actually gave consideration to a non-Grand National, turbocharged Regal back in the ‘80s but as usual, I got distracted with something else. I’d still consider one today but not one that I’d have to put together like a Monogram model kit. Besides knowing what or how to do it, there is always the risk of the parts not working or fitting together as they are supposed to and then there’s that issue of the potentially missing 1%. That said, there are 45 bids who are throwing caution to the wind and going for it so I offer the best of success to the winning bidder. How about you, would you buy and assemble this GN or prefer to acquire an example already intact?


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  1. Arthell64 Member

    Must be a good time to sell chargers and GN’s

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  2. Coventrycat

    I hope Santa brings me a Grand National / GNX free year.

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  3. 8banger David Mika Member

    Good Gravy, again? Maybe I need to drive one of these to get the full effect…

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    • Tom Member

      David, maybe you don’t….after all….they ARE selling them!! If they were that great……why sell?

      PS. When nice they are cool cars. However there are a LOT of cars on my list before the GN.

      I did not look too hard at this car to see that it has NOT been cared for and the rust in that A pillar, yikes! No thanks. Buy a better one and save a TON of money in the long run.

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      • Grandpa Lou

        I think an 80s Dodge Daytona with a stage 2 turbo is a much better car all around. Handled better, more comfortable, better looking.

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  4. art

    I cannot see if this car has a moon roof but the rust in both front A pillars could suggest plugged or miss-routed moon/sun roof drain tubes. The tubes/hoses usually ultimately exit into the rocker panels. This is a very odd place to have such heavy, perforated corrosion unless it is a car from Hawaii. This puppy will need considerable metal surgery to be even partially, structurally safe.
    An inspection is a must here.

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  5. Tom71mustangs

    Wow… seems like I haven’t seen one of these in… hours. I sure hope we have another on the site tomorrow.

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    • Bob McK Member

      Couldn’t agree more.

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  6. John Oliveri

    Or the roof was clipped at one time, and the welds are where the rust is on the pillars, that’s a weird place to rust, Buyer Beware!!!!!

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  7. Del

    Read the write up.

    This thing has been fiddled with so much it probably runs like a model T and just as fast.

    Its being DUMPED. Watch out

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  8. Brankin Brehmer

    There were only 547 GNX’s produced.

  9. Bob McK Member

    And at least 500 of them have been on BF.

    Like 1

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