Project Or Parts Car? 1984 Buick Grand National

Clearly, Buick Grand Nationals and their various siblings are hot right now and I have a feeling they are only going to become more desirable. We’ve noticed a drastic increase in the desirability of late ’70s and early ’80s American performance cars, don’t believe me, just look what late ’70s Trans AMs are going for these days. It actually makes sense that these cars are finally getting the love they deserve, most are fun to drive and relatively cheap to own. This ’84 GN will likely be cheap to buy, but I don’t think it will be a cheap project to undertake. It might actually be a good donor for a car that needs a drivetrain though. I’ll let you decide what the best option is for it though, so be sure to check it out here on eBay in Bushkill, Pennsylvania with a current bid of just $102!

With GNX prices going crazy, it makes sense why the lower performance and more common GN and even its Regal Turbo sibling are also going up in price. The turbocharged 3.8 V6 might not have the appeal of a big block V8 for some, but in the right hands, this engine can produce some impressive power. In original condition, this ’84 would have been rated at 200 horsepower and 300 ft. lbs. of torque and could get the car down the quarter mile in 15 seconds. Turn up the boost, retune the fuel injection and you have a car than can easily keep up with just about anything at the track.

This example is in need of a ton of work, the body is beat up and rusty. The interior is ratty with torn upholstery and dust covering every surface. You might be able to salvage some parts though. The dash looks to be in decent shape, as does most of the interior trim. And of course the engine is there, but appears to be missing half of its turbo. Given all the corrosion on the engine, you would likely need to replace the turbo anyways, but I would want to make sure the engine isn’t seized up or blown.

Right now, I don’t see this car being fully restored. At best, it’s just a parts donor, but give it a few more years and I think someone would be willing to spend the money to make it right. Which leaves the next owner with a serious dilemma, do you go ahead and restore it now or do you part it out to save another Grand National that’s in better shape?

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  1. jw454

    Most anything can be restored but, at this point, this one is probably better to become a parts car.

  2. dgrass

    Oh my, is the plastic…rusting?

    • Jeffro

      LMAO at that! You win the Internet for the day! I’ll have to remember that one.

  3. Andre

    Gah. Poor thing.

  4. stumptowngeo

    Looking at all the rusty bits under the hood, and in the interior tells me that that it has either been caught in a flood or pulled out of a pond/lake/swamp and it should be promptly returned there.
    I don’t see anything on it that’s really salvageable, including the engine. Everything is either water damaged or rusted out.
    Between being wrecked in the front, and missing glass allowing the interior to become a posh home for marine life, i think it’s a too late for this one.
    It’s sad and hard to believe this car is barely 30 yrs old and in this bad of shape. Definitely tells the unfortunate hard and abusive life it’s had.

  5. John M.

    It’s just a parts car at this point. Someone already raided it of the part that houses the headlights and grill.


    This is NOT a GRAND NATIONAL. This is a T-TYPE and 1984 models don’t bring much because they are not the same turbo set up and are non-intercooled.

    Looks like it has been robbed of it’s parts already after the flood it was in.

    • RayT Member

      Ebay listing calls it a “Grand National T-Type.” Could this be an ultra-rare, super-secret, one-off factory prototype?

      This could be a real bargain at the current bid price. After all, how much would it cost to buy a replacement glass set for one of these?

      • AMXSTEVE

        No bargain. The resto will cost way more than it’s worth.

      • Dave

        Regardless what the guy THINKS this is it is not a GN. This is the dime a dozen TType.
        Scrap metal in this condition.

  7. stumptowngeo

    Bushkill, Pa. ? What a name for a town. It looks like they might need to rename it to “Ponchokill, Pa.”

  8. Vin in NJ

    Someone mounted Continental Trailhandler LTs on a Turbo Regal. I’m sure they did wonders for the car’s performance

  9. RJ

    Stock car body at this point.

  10. Bill

    Price by weight.

  11. Snuffy

    I’ll give $5 for the 96Rock sticker on the front! (Was once an iconic Atlanta classic rock station that I grew up on-sadly, now defunct.)

    • Rob'sGT

      Someone stuck it on upside down!

  12. ACZ

    May not be a T-Type. The wheels are T-Type and it has chrome bumpers hung on it BUT the interior is GN. Those Lear seats weren’t available in the T-Type.
    It would be interesting to see the SPID label on the deck lid AND a photo of the VIN plate.

  13. Barzini

    I wish we could get a time-lapse photo series that showed how this car went from new until today.

  14. Steve

    I thought this was a T-type and not a GN as said above……I feel like a cop, “NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG” Send this POS to the crusher.

  15. irocrob

    Another flipper. Probably got it for free. I doubt the seats would scrub up.

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Big assumptions there irocrob.

  16. James A Martin

    Looks like another canidate for an over price ad on craigslist, or fee bay

  17. nessy

    The only Turbo Buicks worth fooling around with are the 86/87 intercooled models. I used to play with them, I had at least 6 at one time and they were very hard to sell. Tire kickers, test drivers, no shows, no money, ect. One of the hardest cars to sell. I am done with them.

  18. cudaman

    Here’s an ’87 GN I’ve been contenplating to buy. Original paint is shot but has only 70k miles. Been sitting right there since 1993.

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