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Buick Grand National soars in popularity with those searching ClassicCars.com

Late Detroit muscle car bumps Chevy’s classic C10 from fourth place in December statistics


Interest in the Buick Grand National, perhaps the last of the early generation of Detroit muscle cars, continued to soar among those searching in December 2021 for potential purchases on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace. 

For December, the Grand National surpassed the Chevrolet C10 pickup — albeit by a mere 82 searches — to rank fourth among searches — 23,358 to 23,276 — for vehicles by all years on the website during the month.

The Grand National had been climbing in recent months, from 13th back in April to breaking into the top-10 two months later.

“The reason for the rise of interest in the Buick Grand National is easy to understand,” said Andy Reid, the Journal’s East Coast editor and marketplace analyst. “As stated above, this is truly the last of the old-style muscle cars that was built by GM, able to cover 0-60 and quarter-mile times quicker than cars built by Ferrari or Porsche during the era. 

“It was the top of the heap in straight-line performance at the time, especially in GNX form, and is an icon of the 1980s muscle car era.” 

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Also doing better than usual among vehicles searched for in December without regard to year of production were the Corvette and Mercedes-Benz. However, tumbling out of the top 10 was the DeLorean.

“The DeLorean is an interesting car in many ways, stainless-steel body, conceived by the genius of John DeLorean, but the car was quite honestly not very good when new, saddled with an uninspiring engine that did not live up to the promises made by its stunning exterior design,” Reid notes. 

“An important footnote in the history of collector cars but simply a footnote. 

“Most people who wanted a DeLorean, usually fans of the film Back to the Future, have already bought one, so it is no surprise to see it drop from the list.”

We also track searches on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace by year, make and model. That list is dominated by Ford Mustangs from the 1960s, with the ’69 first, the ’67 second, the ’65 seventh and the ’68 eighth.  

Larry Edsall
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.


  1. I had a 87 Gran National Buick and loved it. The body was totaled in an accident but motor sustained no damage. I pulled the motor and it now sits in a 1946 Willys jeep backed up with a gm 350 turbo hydromatic tranny


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