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Pick of the Day: 1987 Buick Grand National with 33 original miles

This street bruiser is a cult-classic muscle car with 245 horsepower


The Pick of the Day is a 1987 Buick Grand National, a remarkable time-warp example that has been driven only 33 miles since new and now offered by its original owner in Kansas City, Missouri, on ClassicCars.com.

The seller bought the car at Lust Buick of Aberdeen, South Dakota, the ad says, then kept it stashed in the garage.

“Purchased as a collector car from day one, this Grand National has only 33 original miles and is the kind of reference-grade classic that literally defines value,” states the private seller, who says the car was maintained in a temperature-controlled garage, was recently serviced and is ready for someone to start putting miles on it.

1987 Buick Grand National with 33 original miles

The Buick is powered by its signature turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 245 horsepower linked with a Turbo-Hydramatic 200R 4-speed automatic sending power through 3.42 gears, offering a combination of starting-line grip and high-speed cruising ability. The car is equipped with factory power steering, power-assisted brakes and chrome factory wheels with original Goodyear Eagle GT tires.

1987 Buick Grand National with 33 original miles

The car features the original GM code 19U Black paint that highlights the crisp, original sheet metal; it was the only paint color given to Grand Nationals between 1985 and 1987.

“Inside this awesome street bruiser, you’ll find an original Gray and Black interior that’s virtually spotless,” the seller says. “Naturally, the car is loaded with all the features you’d expect, including power windows, power locks, climate control, cruise control and a tilt steering wheel.

“Sinister, fast and highly desirable, this Buick is everything a classic muscle car should be!”

1987 Buick Grand National with 33 original miles

In 1981 and 1982, Buick raced its pedestrian Buick Regal in NASCAR’s Grand National series and took home the trophy both years. To capitalize on the success after grabbing the attention of American muscle car fans, Buick rolled out 215 examples of the Regal Grand National package in 1982 built with a naturally aspirated V6 engine that made 125 horsepower.

Fast forward a few years to 1984 and Buick replaced the Regal’s engine with a standard turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that gifted drivers 200 horsepower. The Regal Grand National reached 235 horsepower in 1986, making it more powerful than the Chevy Camaros and the Pontiac Firebirds at the time.

Buick hit the jackpot with the Grand National in 1987 by fitting it with a stalwart turbocharged V6 that pushed 245 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of V8-slaying torque.

The asking price for this essentially unused Buick is $85,000 or best offer.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Racheal Colbert
Racheal Colbert
An experienced writer and editor, Racheal brings her enthusiasm for collector cars to her role as the Content Manager of the Collector Car Network. Former Content Writer and Marketing Manager in the tech and publishing industry, Racheal brings a fresh perspective to the Journal and the automotive world.


  1. 85K is way too much! If it was the “GNX” maybe. Never liked the interior on these cars especially the square box look of the dashboard. If you plan on driving it you better replace the Goodyear Eagle tires or keep it as is and continue making it a “garage queen”.

  2. Had the 1987. These cars were much faster than the published figures of the day. GNXs were LOW 12’s, high 11’s…The 1987s were fastest and would do high 12’s all day long.

  3. I guess, if you got a lot of money and a “temperature controlled” garage…… but what good is a collector car if you stash it away for 33 years for no one to see or use? The only one who benefits here would be the next owner.(if he has $85,000 just laying around) I hope the new owner actually uses this vehicle. Even if just for shows and cruse nights. Don’t “stash it away” Just my opinion.

  4. After sitting still for 33+ years this car would have needed a LOT of service to get it ready for the road. I’ve never been willing to pay for a collector car that has not been driven. My motto is I’m not going to pay you NOT to drive your car. These cars need to be driven in order to be be maintained. That’s what keeps all the seals fresh and gaskets lubricated to prevent fluid leaks. I’ve seen transmissions go bad from a lack of use. The new owner of this car is looking at a whole mess of problems caused by the first owner not driving it!

    • Agreed. What a waste of a car made to be driven. At about $18,000 equipped like this one new in 1987, the guy’s return on investment was about 4.5% annually if he successfully sold it for $85K today. For as much good this car did him sitting in a garage for the last 33 years, he mind as well invested in the stock market. Putting the entire $18K into Microsoft, he would be sitting on nearly $10M today! He could be forgiven for missing that opportunity. Heck, we all missed that one. But it is unforgivable to put a car in storage, even one that was climate controlled, for all that time and watch it basically decay.

  5. I mean really its a nice car but 85 k i can get his and hers chevy SS’s at 85k or get a ultra high mileage SS model and put the 7.0 super charged LSA with a blower for less than 85k and have 650 to 700 at the wheels for a daily runner.

    • Your missing the point. Sure you could buy a couple monte carlo ss’s for cheap money and mod them, but out of the box, the 86-87 Buick Grand Nationals were legends. They pretty much ruled the streets back then, and were known to be easily modded to run ridiculous times at the track. The monte is an all together different animal. Great looking car, but chevy through in that 305 with a whopping 180HP and made it a family cruiser. With todays tech you can throw in any LS engine and make it a huge sleeper. No one expects a super fast monte ss. If I had extra $$$, that’s what I would do……

  6. The sentiments on this page regarding driving a car and not just putting it away is my program completely.
    I have 2 cars from my private collection for sale…a 1969 Lincoln Mark III and a 1977 Lincoln Town Coupe’ both silver.
    I have a car design and engineering background and have driven classic cars all my life…these 2 cars I personally returned to Drive Anywhere Interstate ready condition and I love when they start right up of sitting for a bit and the confidence of the reliability to hop in and hit the road …..we have some great roads and tours around Michigan and I am enjoying the ride..!
    [basically “all original” comes with the caveat and is not always a good thing]

  7. It’s no secret that the advertised HP on all 86-87 Turbo Regals was low by about 65HP. In fact many people dyno’d these cars back then to find 300HP net HP. That’s why these cars run so well at the track. I’ve owned 2, a 87 Base Regal with turbo, and my 87 Grand national I purchased in 2001. I still have it, and always will. It amazes me to this day the amount of attention the car gets wherever I take it. It’s a great, mean looking and fun to drive car as I slightly modded it and it has run 11.30’s at 117mph. Stock internals, just bolt ons. I haven’t raced it since about 2012 as I know how fast it is, and it now see’s local cruise nights and shows. Always draws a crowd. These cars were true modern day legends when new, and have a huge following and as such, have increased in value every year….


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