Over the past four decades, General Motors has proven itself a
modern day warrior. The company virtually OWNED the '50s and '60s,
and no matter how much corporate bean counters tried to quell its
spirit of performance, true gearheads ALWAYS kept the flame lit.
And I'm not talking about Corvettes or the incredible Cadillac
V-Series. I'm talking about cars that are fast, fun and highly
attainable. In the early 21st century, the guys at Pontiac worked
with GM's Holden division to send world-class muscle to American
shores. During the stuffy '70s the venerable Trans Am soldiered on
with big displacement motors and flashy good looks. In the
mid-'90s, Chevrolet's visionary Impala SS brought a new sense of
cool to the full-size segment. And in the '80s, it was this car:
Buick's bad-to-the-bone Grand National that proudly separated the
winners from the losers. All black, all business and so sinister
even your shut-in grandmother knows it means trouble, this
well-maintained coupe is a 1,629-mile survivor that's fully sorted
and ready to roll!
Capitalizing on the success of winning NASCAR's 1981 and '82 Manufacturer's Cups, Buick kicked off the Grand National legacy by introducing a specially tweaked version of their 1982 Regal. However, it wasn't long until GM's conservative luxury crew assumed the full identity of renegade performance division by slathering black paint over highly modified G-Bodies that featured unique and menacing aesthetics. Sold new by O'Neil Buick of Warminster, Pennsylvania, this coupe features glossy GM code 19U Black that highlights crisp, original sheetmetal. The car's first owner, logging 1,488 of its 1,629 miles, kicked off a legacy of keeping that metal straight and solid. There's an electric sunroof that, according to documents included with our sale, was commissioned by O'Neil Buick and installed Horsham, Pennsylvania's Automotive Concepts. And today, this Buick is a unique, high quality muscle car that maintains all the nostalgic appeal of a vintage, showroom-fresh offering.
Speaking of survivors, and GM's core strengths, if anyone ever creates an ultimate engine survivors list Buick's stalwart, 231 cubic inch V6 will surely be at the top. Introduced as the Fireball, and eventually renamed the 3800, its early '60s design was sold to Kaiser, bought back by General Motors and, with the help of turbos, superchargers and continuous improvements, would remain one of the company's core powerplants until the turn of the century! In 1986, the Grand National's turbocharged 3.8 liter, which had already benefitted from sequential fuel injection and distributorless ignition, saw significant mechanical changes that included a new air-to-air intercooler, adjustments to its Garrett turbo, improved upper and lower intake manifolds, and a redesigned exhaust system. By 1987, those carefully calculated tweaks were good for a newly impressive 245 horsepower and 355 lb./ft. of V8 slaying torque. And the car's drag strip scorching performance would not only best GM's own Camaro and Corvette, but also catapult it to the forefront of '80s performance! This low-mileage Buick mill is 100% stock inside and out, featuring a fresh appearance that's ready for lots warm weather and tons rich boost. And naturally, the numbers-matching engine floats a correct 25526109 casting number in front of a matching 463594 partial VIN.
With that kind of power on tap, it should come as no surprise that the bottom of this Buick features a host of hot hardware. Behind the raucous 6-cylinder, a VIN-stamped, "BRF" tagged 4-speed twists power through big, 3.42 gears that offer a great combination of starting line grip and high-speed cruising ability. Factory power steering makes easy work of quick turns. Power-assisted stops are provided by a familiar combination of discs and drums. And torque meets the pavement through chromed factory wheels, which spin 215/65R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around turbo-themed center caps.
Inside this awesome street bruiser you'll find a correct Gray and Black interior that's virtually spotless. Typical Buick fashion dictates more comfort than sport, but then, that's what GM's entry luxury brand has always been about. And naturally, that means this Grand National is loaded with all the features you'd expect including power windows, power locks, climate control, Cruise Control and a tilt steering wheel. In front of that wheel, Grand National-specific Lear Siegler seats feature 6-way power adjustment for the car's driver. Opposite those seats, factory gauges inhabit a blocky dash that's free of warps and cracks. And beneath that dash, a factory console frames an elegant factory shifter.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION
An original finance application
An original Warranty Booklet
Paperwork from Automotive Concepts (The outfit that installed the car's sunroof)
Service records from the early 1990s
Nobody scoffs at Buick's legendary Grand National. Between old school NASCAR DNA and the ability to whip pretty much any street challenger, the car gets big respect and much admiration. With just 1,629 miles on the clock, this incredible G-Body is an incredible bargain. And you can pretty much bank on the fact that the car will grow in value as it and its buyer base continues to mature. So, what are you waiting for? Grab this beastly Buick and enjoy a super clean Grand National WHILE it appreciates!
Well-maintained survivor that's logged only 1,629 miles / Driven 1,488 miles by its first owner
Original turbocharged 3.8 liter V6 / 245 horsepower
Original Turbo-Hydramatic 200R4 4-speed automatic transmission
Original Gray and Black cloth interior / Factory air conditioning
Original Black paint
Dealer-installed sunroof (installed Feb '88) / Sunroof documentation included with the car's sale
Sale includes: An original finance application / An original Warranty Booklet / Service records from the early 1990s
Correct 10-bolt rear axle / Correct 3.42 gears
Factory power steering
Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
This is the sixth in a 30-day countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale collector car auction
This is the 16th vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
Things for Buick in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s were much like they are now.
Cars worth $250,000 and less are in demand by bidders while more expensive cars aren’t selling at a high rate
Pick of the Day is a base model coupe but comes with a story
Money goes to JDRF to fight juvenile diabetes
Funds will be used in the fight against childhood cancer
All of the funds from Barrett-Jackson sale will be donated to charity
Munch Mammut, scooter collection and Carini’s barn-found Harley among other highlights of the docket