1987 Buick Grand National
For 21 years, before NASCAR started selling naming rights in 1971, its top stock-car racing championship was known as the Grand National, and the name lingered in public usage long after the series officially became the Winston Cup. Ten years later, Darrell Waltrip raced factory-backed Buick Regals to claim back-to-back championships in 1981 and '82. So, it was in keeping with division general manager Lloyd Reuss's thrust to move Buick's image from a maker of cushy "doctors' cars" to something more youthful and exciting when it unveiled the first Regal Grand National at NASCAR's 1982 Daytona 500.
14,323 title verified actual miles and a consignor stated 3 owners for this runner in black! This car plays every part of that 14,323 miles in the form of very clean paint, replacement filler panels, a great runner, showroom new under the hood and beyond pristine interior. However, the car is not without a few flaws, but the overall package says "Yes! Indeed, I need this!!". Our consignor has spent over $8,600 in parts and labor to keep things well maintained, so let's have a closer look and fall in love with the dark knight.
Draped in miles deep full tuxedo black, (just black according to Buick), attire that was applied by a GM dealership in 1989, this straight steel paneled, is dressed with slightly worn and corroded badging, and all blackened trim in place of chrome...the word menacing comes to mind. A few stone chips on the lowers of the body can be found on this miles deep black sea of darkness and a haze spot has appeared on the passenger side of the hood along with another on the passenger's front fender. A chip guard paint has been applied to the lower part of the body by the factory, although the texture is not quite to factory spec, to prevent errant stones from marring this black beauty. A small spoiler hangs atop the trunk lid and blends into the sea of black. No T-tops or sunroof to break up the flawless paint on the roof. Front cowlings, air dam, and small turbo bulge on the hood just give a hint to the car's wonderful power. 15-inch chrome and black Grand National wheels adorn all 4 corners and are wearing deeply treaded 235/60 and 245/60R15 Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires from the 22nd week of 2020 and our consignor's note state that the original wheels and tires are included. Black trimming surrounds the original installed glass and is in great condition. Muscle Car power draped in the guise of luxury!
Very clean stitched tuck and roll cloth is seen on the power drivers bucket and manual passenger seat. Gray and black Pallex cloth covers these seats with gray in the center and black on the bolsters. This pattern holds true for the back bench as well. Framing this interior are two long swinging doors that allow access to the front and back of the passenger compartment. These are paneled with gray tuck and roll fabric, a mid section of molded plastic to house the door handle and arm rest as well as a toggle mirror, power locks and power windows. The bottom of the door is bounded by black carpet which is carried throughout all the floors in this car which is very clean and very black. A quintessential mid 80's square and rectangle dash is housing essential gauges and is very clean. The center console houses the factory floor shifter and an added oil pressure and water temp gauge tucked neatly under the dash. A like new gray steering wheel sits at the end of the column and begs for you to become one with the car.
A numbers matching 3.8 Liter V6 intercooled turbo is factory correct and fills the engine bay splendidly. This mill has been treated to a few performance add ons such as 60lb/hr fuel injectors, a Turbo Tweak 255lph fuel pump, an adjustable fuel pressure regulator along with a RJC airflow distribution power plate. This mill has electronic fuel injection, stock appearing heavy duty intercooler hoses, and a numbers matching 4-speed automatic 200R4 transmission is bolted to the back. Noted also is a 3TP stamped 10-bolt 8.5" 3.42 posi rear in the back to put power to the ground. Under the hood is clean as a whistle and is showing power brakes, power steering, air conditioning, and a bevy of intercooler piping to feed this wolf in sheep's clothing
Overall very clean underneath with some heavy black undercoating and slight surface rust in a few areas. It's very clear this car has been babied, garaged, and rarely driven. The original dual exhaust system has been replaced with a cat back Pypes stainless exhaust system to send spent gasses to the rear of the car. Independent coil spring suspension with power disc brakes is on the front and a 4 link with coil springs and power drums are on the rear.
As you would expect, this car starts immediately, and idles smoothly. Put into drive and you can accelerate very smoothly up to power, and speed. The car rides nicely and handles well and the seats are ultra-comfortable and clean. My partner in crime and muscle car aficionado split driving duties with this car so we didn't rack up too many miles and devalue the car. A few frowns came up during our time behind the wheel, those being AC that did not blow cold, a power antenna that would neither raise or lower, the heater blower was not blowing on the high setting, and wipers that would not wipe due to the stalk just spinning around and not actuating anything. That said, the power is amazing, and this black beauty will give some new era muscle cars a run for the money!
Most examples of these cars have been shredded by a previous owner, or just plain used up. Quite the contrary on this car with these original miles, well maintained, a beautiful driver and nearly showroom new. Add this menacing evil ride to your stable and travel back to 1987!
1-2 Door Hardtop
7-LC2 3.8L V6 Turbo 245hp
P-Pontiac, MI Assy Plant
459134-Sequential Unit Number
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