Special Seats: 1984 Buick Grand National

Grand Nationals are not an uncommon sight around these parts, but we often see them showing up as 1986 and later models. This nicely-presented example is an earlier 1984 model which represents the first year the Grand National was offered as a model. You could order a Regal in a similar fashion before that point, but ’84 was when the legend known as the Grand National really came into full view. The seller’s car isn’t necessarily a time capsule but it still looks clean enough to drive anywhere on a Friday night. He’s owned it for three years and the Buick is now listed here on eBay with bidding at $12,000 and the reserve unmet.

Now, while the truth of the matter is that the Grand National got better and better as time went on, benefitting from engineering tweaks to yield more power and other improvements, there’s something to be said for finding a first-year model. Really, finding a first-year model of any special performance or limited production model generally yields a strong price when it comes time to sell. Impressively, the very fragile color-matched bumper covers are intact on this GN; they are typically smashed to pieces on any number of GM products from this era. The paint looks decent as well with no confirmation provided if it is original.

The listing does not confirm the mileage that this Grand National wears, but between the paint condition and the state of the interior, I doubt it’s excessive. This Grand National was ordered with the rare Lear Siegler seat option, which featured a unique set of buckets with better bolstering and a vinyl insert between the two shoulder bolsters. The door panels, dash, and center console all appear to be in sound cosmetic condition, but it’s certainly possible there is some wear-and-tear present, especially since sellers don’t typically omit the odometer reading when a car has below-average miles. Most important, however, is the fact that the seller confirms there is no rust.

Another bonus is the seemingly stock condition, which is not necessarily a guarantee on a car like the Grand National that responds so well to modifications. The early Grand National may be slightly more collectible, but it’s certainly not the most powerful GN. The later cars did gain an intercooler which gave Buick’s sleepy performance car a nice boost in output. That said, the turbocharged Buicks were strong performers across the board, so I wouldn’t let that detail dissuade me from bidding on this very clean example – especially if you’re on the hunt for the elusive 1984 model.


  1. Mont

    All 2000 of the 1984 GN’s had this interior with the Lear Siegler seats.

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  2. jrhmobile

    There’s nothing in an intercooled ’87BGN that couldn’t be bolted into this ’84 Grand National.

    Best of all, it literally bolts on so you could restore it back to ’84 Factory Fresh if you (or a future owner) ever want to.

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  3. Uncle Andy

    Looks like she lost thirty thousand miles some where along the way. No wonder he left the mileage area blank in the listing……

  4. Grog

    By expanding the picture of the interior, it looks as though the odometer could read 23,714

    • Uncle Andy

      If you look at the ebay vehicle report, there is an issue with odometer.
      Huge red flag.

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  5. Mark Member

    It seems the seller is either operating under the “sucker born every minute” rule or this may be a decent ride but with a lot of miles. A TMU would be more upfront and could attract more interest. If I were interested, I would take the time to check it out.

    Interesting add.

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  6. Mr. Chevy

    I bought a new 1982 grand national with this interior. Paint was Grey and silver. 1982 was the first year for GN!

  7. MLM

    Nicest set of seats I have seen in any vehicle. I can’t wait to see what they look like in my ’85 GN which would resemble a GNX on the outside when finished.

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  8. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Seller has relisted this ride, now at a 25K minimum bid.

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  9. Uncle Buck

    Does mileage affect it that much. I mean yes if it’s ultra low and super rare I guess. But there are plenty of grand nationals around. Its not like this is a factory test mule or Carroll Shelby’s personal car he bought with money from the db cooper heist. It’s just a nice looking car. Much better than what I can afford but does it really matter that much on a classic or old car hopefully someone will drive it with some regularity and just enjoy it. Now if the seller knows the mileage is incorrect and doesn’t disclose it that’s a different story. And if they are asking a extremely high price hopefully most people that don’t have more money than brains will pass if that’s an issue.

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