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(LA Times)   It's the stuff of turbocharged automotive legend. A pristine never-sold 1987 Buick Regal GNX has been sitting on a dealer's showroom floor for 23 years   (latimes.com) divider line 246
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2010-12-11 09:33:57 AM
QUICK! Someone get some tri-tone paint, a set of hydraulics, and some spinners! We're gonna pimp this biatch out!
 
2010-12-11 09:33:57 AM
Wow. That is a gem, right there.

Eventually the guy that owns the dealership will kick off and whoever takes over will put that thing on the block the next day. That's worth a fortune, as noted in the article.
 
2010-12-11 09:35:52 AM
Still a 1980's GM product...
 
2010-12-11 09:35:54 AM
You'd have to be daft if you buy this with the intention of purchasing it. American crap-mobile.
 
2010-12-11 09:37:01 AM
TehNacho: Still a 1980's GM product...

Exactly. And a geezer-brand Buick at that.
 
2010-12-11 09:38:04 AM
spawn73: You'd have to be daft if you buy this with the intention of purchasing it. American crap-mobile.

-Uh, what?
 
2010-12-11 09:38:26 AM
It's ugly.
 
2010-12-11 09:38:36 AM
spawn73: You'd have to be daft if you buy this with the intention of purchasing it.

Umm...
 
2010-12-11 09:39:39 AM
Amigajoe: spawn73: You'd have to be daft if you buy this with the intention of purchasing it. American crap-mobile.

-Uh, what?


vandelay: spawn73: You'd have to be daft if you buy this with the intention of purchasing it.

Umm...


I think he's got a kink in his snarknozzle.
 
2010-12-11 09:40:13 AM
What a piece of junk...
 
2010-12-11 09:43:43 AM
Burn_Atlanta: TehNacho: Still a 1980's GM product...

Exactly. And a geezer-brand Buick at that.


i can't think of any american car from that era worth owning
 
2010-12-11 09:44:42 AM
You would have to have all the rubber replaced - hoses, belts, vacuum lines, etc. before you could safely drive that car.

/still wouldn't trust it
/GM
 
2010-12-11 09:45:14 AM
If you don't think that's an awesome car, you most likely enjoy the cock.
 
2010-12-11 09:45:29 AM
vandelay: spawn73: You'd have to be daft if you buy this with the intention of purchasing it.

Umm...


Channeling Yogi Berra this moning?
 
2010-12-11 09:46:05 AM
ThisNameSux: If you don't think that's an awesome car, you most likely enjoy the cock.

This
 
2010-12-11 09:46:16 AM
Don't tell Sean Penn.
 
2010-12-11 09:46:33 AM
So what everyone in this thread is saying is that if they came into possession of a no-owner pristine 1987 Regal GNX they'd just piss on it and leave it on the side of the road? I mean, it's just trash right?

Just because it's a late 80's Buick doesn't mean it couldn't get your kids most of the way through college.
 
2010-12-11 09:47:29 AM
spawn73: You'd have to be daft if you buy this with the intention of purchasing it. American crap-mobile.

profile.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2010-12-11 09:47:50 AM
ThisNameSux: If you don't think that's an awesome car, you most likely enjoy the cock.

THIS
 
2010-12-11 09:49:09 AM
I know a family with a grand national.

This car was a contender for the American muscle car in The Fast and The Furious, if you didn't know.

It's got a turbo people, it's cool.
 
2010-12-11 09:51:50 AM
oi51.tinypic.com

Not awesome and still ugly.
 
2010-12-11 09:52:04 AM
www.ls1tech.com


-More like it...
 
2010-12-11 09:53:45 AM
"bulletproof provenance" "It's so misconcieving.." Is Dan Brown writing for the L.A. Times now?
 
2010-12-11 09:53:48 AM
Whoever would buy that car, at this point, would probably not drive it. The Buick Grand National/GNX cars were one of the few very bright points in American cars in the 1980s. It was one of the only ones, including the poor corvette, that had any real balls, in that era, and was probably the last car made that can trace any of its lineage back to the true muscle car era of decades past. Yes, there are plenty of cars, U.S. and abroad, that have more power, get better mileage, etc, they they're all something of an entirely different generation, an entirely different school of design, and a different world. The 1980s was not a kind time for automobiles, but the GNX stood as the last child in the line of the family of the true Detroit muscle car. The only irony is, it did it with a (especially for the time) small displacement 3.8L V-6, with a big turbo....which oddly seems to in some ways be the wave of the future for horsepower, today. Perhaps it was then the missing link between the muscle cars of the old days, and the high tech muscle of today?

/woo...rambly wall of text!
 
2010-12-11 09:54:27 AM
Thrakkorzog: ThisNameSux: If you don't think that's an awesome car, you most likely enjoy the cock.

THIS


That's really unfair to people who do enjoy the cock.
 
2010-12-11 09:55:48 AM
I wanna scare myself stupid with this car.
seriously.
Makes my '63 Falcon Sprint (look it up, losers) look slow.
"the smaller the V8, the wilder the ride"
 
2010-12-11 09:56:00 AM
wood_stones: I know a family with a grand national.

This car was a contender for the American muscle car in The Fast and The Furious, if you didn't know.

It's got a turbo people, it's cool.


Seriously... knew someone that had one of these and it would own on the 1/4 mile drag. Check vid of an 87 GN vs Viper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWZS5_g3OL4
 
2010-12-11 09:59:30 AM
It always makes me a little sad when people buy cool cars and never drive them - there are better ways to invest one's money, but, to each his own.

While the value of this GNX has certainly appreciated over the years, it just seems like a shame to have a machine like that and never have driven it.

A dentist in my home town bought a Viper -- including a huge dealer mark-up -- when they first come out, and I still remember him bragging that he screamed at the truck driver delivering it to not turn the engine on to "keep it perfect." As far as I know that car is still sitting on jackstands in his garage.

Fundamentally no different than the Comic Book Guy in a darkened basement obsessing over a Boba Fett doll.
 
2010-12-11 09:59:45 AM
Plus, it had t-tops!!!

/t-top roof FTW
 
2010-12-11 10:00:47 AM
Pextor: You would have to have all the rubber replaced - hoses, belts, vacuum lines, etc. before you could safely drive that car.

/still wouldn't trust it
/GM


Maybe.

Having just buried my beloved 1985 (bought off an estate with 18K on the clock), I will say the rubber pieces do need to be looked at. The plus is the car has been inside all this time.
 
2010-12-11 10:04:18 AM
ukexpat: What a piece of junk...

i don't know, i here she'll make point five past lightspeed.
 
2010-12-11 10:04:19 AM
1987 Buick Grand National GNX
Weight 1575 kilo / 3472.3 lbs
Power 276 bhp / 206 KW @ 4400 rpm

2011 Toyota Camry SE
Curb weight (lb.) 3483
Power 268 hp @ 6200 rpm

2011 Nissan Maxima

Weight Total (lbs.) 3,540
Power 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

2011 Honda Accord
Weight (lb) 3559
Power 271 @ 6000-6200
 
2010-12-11 10:07:19 AM
"Buick" and "automotive legend" do not belong in the same sentence.
 
2010-12-11 10:08:23 AM
Dubai Vol: 1987 Buick Grand National GNX
Weight 1575 kilo / 3472.3 lbs
Power 276 bhp / 206 KW @ 4400 rpm
360 ft-lbs of torque at 3000 RPM

2011 Toyota Camry SE
Curb weight (lb.) 3483
Power 268 hp @ 6200 rpm

2011 Nissan Maxima

Weight Total (lbs.) 3,540
Power 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

2011 Honda Accord
Weight (lb) 3559
Power 271 @ 6000-6200
 
2010-12-11 10:09:11 AM
Maybe he should throw in his 43-year-old virgin daughter who'd be impressed.
 
2010-12-11 10:09:39 AM
Dubai Vol: 1987 Buick Grand National GNX
Weight 1575 kilo / 3472.3 lbs
Power 276 bhp / 206 KW @ 4400 rpm

2011 Toyota Camry SE
Curb weight (lb.) 3483
Power 268 hp @ 6200 rpm

2011 Nissan Maxima

Weight Total (lbs.) 3,540
Power 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

2011 Honda Accord
Weight (lb) 3559
Power 271 @ 6000-6200


The modern cars have more HP, and have better ergonomics, but with FWD, there's not as much fun to drive at their limits......As bad as GM was in the '80s, this was one of the few good things they did.
 
2010-12-11 10:12:23 AM
There sure seems to be a lot of soccer mom's chiming in on this thread.
 
2010-12-11 10:12:33 AM
ThisNameSux: If you don't think that's an awesome car, you most likely enjoy the cock.

You say that like it's a bad thing, but I think what it really means is that no one is enjoying yours.
 
2010-12-11 10:14:48 AM
In its' era, not much showroom-stock would touch it in a heads up drag race. Mortal enemy of the 5.0 Mustangs of the day... and if you didn't know what they were, the sedate Buick looks would make a fool out of you in your Camaro in a heartbeat.
That, along with the low-key race heritage of its' development, was the appeal of the car in the day; they were sneaky fast.

If you don't like them, fine, but the particular car in the article is a genuinely valuable piece of time capsule and yes, I'd drive the wheels off it if I owned it.
 
2010-12-11 10:16:22 AM
I met the misses
down at the bingo
she drove a tempo
i drove a buick
 
2010-12-11 10:18:33 AM
Dubai Vol: 1987 Buick Grand National GNX
Weight 1575 kilo / 3472.3 lbs
Power 276 bhp / 206 KW @ 4400 rpm

2011 Toyota Camry SE
Curb weight (lb.) 3483
Power 268 hp @ 6200 rpm

2011 Nissan Maxima

Weight Total (lbs.) 3,540
Power 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

2011 Honda Accord
Weight (lb) 3559
Power 271 @ 6000-6200


Of course, everyone has one of the those other cars.
Also shows how much bigger the 'little Japanese ' cars have grown over the jahren...

/better power curve on the Buick, too
 
2010-12-11 10:20:05 AM
That car is a pig off the line
 
2010-12-11 10:20:55 AM
ThisNameSux: If you don't think that's an awesome car, you most likely enjoy the cock.

I do enjoy the cock - my husband's, pretty regularly. Wouldn't be a bad idea for some of the numbnuts in here to remember that hey, chicks dig Fark, too. As well as guys who enjoy the cock, and don't consider that to be an insult. In other words, think of a better way to look down your nose at someone with a different opinion.
 
2010-12-11 10:21:04 AM
I'm a girl and I look at that car and think "WANT". Comparing a Grand National to a Toyota or Nissan? FFS. There is a sincere lack of testosterone in these comments.
 
2010-12-11 10:21:17 AM
My cousin purchased a Hurst Olds (same'ish car) after getting out of the army back around '84. Not scary-fast, but a fun car nevertheless. Unfortunately, it like all 80s GM products, was a loosely assembled pile of crap.
 
2010-12-11 10:21:19 AM
wee beastie: wood_stones: I know a family with a grand national.

This car was a contender for the American muscle car in The Fast and The Furious, if you didn't know.

It's got a turbo people, it's cool.

Seriously... knew someone that had one of these and it would own on the 1/4 mile drag. Check vid of an 87 GN vs Viper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWZS5_g3OL4


Oh yeah, that POS buick making less than 300 hp with a 3.42 rear end was really smoking people at the track.

I used to know a dickbag texan that had one of these, his vanity plate said "2QUIK6" on it. It was hilarious watching him get smoked on NW Hwy.
 
2010-12-11 10:21:29 AM
A friend of mine had one.
It was fast.
Parked it on the street in downtown Cincinnati.
Was stolen.
Found in Cleveland 2 weeks later striped to the frame.
Insurance made it a total loss.
 
2010-12-11 10:21:52 AM
wood_stones: This car was a contender for the American muscle car in The Fast and The Furious, if you didn't know.

It almost appeared in fictional story? AMAZING!!
 
2010-12-11 10:23:43 AM
If I recall correctly* this car was never really intended to be a sales success. They wanted to get that engine into Nascar and to do that it had to be "stock", and stock meant they had to build/sell at least 500, so they did. I think the article said 547, just over the line.

This car is all about that engine...

*It was a long time ago but I think I'm at least in the ballpark with that info
 
2010-12-11 10:24:02 AM
bongmiester: Burn_Atlanta: TehNacho: Still a 1980's GM product...

Exactly. And a geezer-brand Buick at that.

i can't think of any american car from that era worth owning


FTFY ;)
 
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