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Pick of the Day: 1987 Buick Grand National, turbocharged with 2,955 miles

Powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 LC2 engine


The 1980s was not the best era for General Motors performance.  A 1987 Chevrolet Corvette with a factory-rated 240 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 would take 15.11 seconds to run a quarter mile, but there was a Buick coupe with room for four that would smoke America’s sports car. The Pick of the Day is a 1987 Buick Grand National with 2,955 original miles listed for sale on by a dealership in Morgantown, Pennsylvania.

Under the hood is a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 LC2 engine that produced a factory-rated 245 horsepower, paired with a 200R4 4-speed automatic transmission and 10-bolt 3.42 posi rear end.

The G-body would run a quarter mile in 14.7-seconds and go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1-seconds. Solid numbers in a sleeper body.

This Buick is finished in code WA848 black and features T-tops, a rear spoiler and 15-inch honeycomb-style wheels with Grand National center caps. The comparison to an automotive Darth Vader is fairly apt.

With a fairly spartan interior in neutral tones, it features black and white two-tone front bucket seats with a matching rear bench seat, gray carpeting and door panels.

“A quintessential mid ‘80’s square and rectangle dash is housing essential gauges and is very clean,” the seller notes in the listing. “Gazing up, we see a tight gray cloth headliner in the rear and over the front passengers nothing, but sky is seen through the crystal-clear tinted-glass tops,”

Buick developed the Grand National as a tribute to its 1981 and 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series championships that were driven by Darrell Waltrip. Borrowing the Grand National name from the highest NASCAR series, 215 Buick Regals were upgraded by Cars and Concepts in 1982, and the Grand National was born.

The 1982 model did not have a turbocharged engine, but after 1984 (there was no 1983 model)  they were powered by the 3.8-liter V6 turbo engine. Its run was brief and ended in 1987, with 20,193 Grand Nationals produced in the final model year.

This Buick Grand National is being offered for $85,000.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. There are ALOT of fantastic cars to buy at this price. I’m sure I could find at least ten before I selected this one -Pantera?

    When time to sell you have a very small number of buyers. It’s a beauty though.

  2. The exterior looks great but the interior has always been a turn off for me. Just plain looking & the dash is too boxy. For this asking price I would much rather have a Camaro, Chevelle, AMX etc.


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