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Buick Grand National moves up on ClassicCar.com search list

Turbocharged muscle car passes Chevy C-10 in interest in June

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People searching for collector vehicles on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace website were particularly interested in Buick Grand Nationals during June, according to listings released today by the website.

The Grand National, representing Buick’s final generation of Detroit muscle cars, was produced as an option package on the Buick Regal, and then from 1984-1987 as a stand-alone model with a turbocharged V6 engine.

While consistently among the top-20 in searches by make or model throughout 2021, the Grand National started the year in fifth place, but slipped to 10th by March, to 13th in April and to 15th in May.

But in June, the Grand National trailed only Chevrolet, Mustang and Ford in generic searches (those not including a model year), and the souped-up Buick even passed the Chevrolet C-10 pickup, which had been among the top-4 since November 2020.

Grand National, Buick Grand National moves up on ClassicCar.com search list, ClassicCars.com Journal

“This is no big surprise for the Grand National,” said Andy Reid, the Journal’s East Coast editor and marketplace analyst. “These cars have been on the radar for quite a long time. Besides being one of the top performance cars of their era, they were basically the only true muscle car of their era. 

“It also does not hurt that they have seen so much screen time in The Fast and the Furious film franchise.”

One other note from the non-model-year searches: For the first time, the Toyota Hilux pickup truck was among the top-20 in June. And, for the third month in a row, the top-20 did not include the Ford Bronco.

As far as searches by specific year, make and model, the 1969 and 1967 Ford Mustang retained the top-2 positions. Interest seems to be building for mid-to-late 1960s Chevrolet Impalas and for Dodge Chargers from the mid-’60s to 1970. 

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I like the looks of the Grand National but the interior does nothing for me, especially the dash compartment, Too boxy!

  2. I think you’d like the GNX instrument panel that has all round race-like gauges a lot better than the standard Grand National dash with the long speedo. If it really bothers you, reproduction IPs similar to the GNX are available in the aftermarket that you can install in a standard GN. Although I didn’t go for that in my ’87 GN, I added a bunch of aftermarket gauges to mine (3 on the A pillar, 2 in the center console and a HUGE Autometer tachometer hard mounted on the side of the IP surround cushion). I have a spare unmolested surround cushion that can be changed back by a future owner if desired. When driving my GN, I get “nice car” complements everywhere I go.

    • I know what you mean about getting complements on your GN Bob. Seems like everywhere I go with mine it draws a crowd. Hell even at stop lights people want to talk about the car. But it is a very clean car with beautiful paint……

  3. Just caught this thread I was selling long before they skyrocketed in value…..back when low mileage examples would fetch maybe 15 grand….sold over 325 of them (1986-1987) and 11 real GNXs back in the 1990s….plus wrote a 350 page book that has been a good seller….car has some short coming for sure but under the hood they did their homework and dethroned the Corvette both in 0-60 times (on a cool day) and in values the GNX is in its own world as far as value goes. I got lucky I backed two big winners…lst the GTO in the late 1970s and then jumped to the Turbo Regals….just ashame Buick did not do much on the dash guages or suspension brake issues to equal with what the engineers accomplished under the hood. Just my thoughts…. dennis kirban

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