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Buick GNX Specs - Examining the Ultimate Grand National

The year was 1987, and General Motors was preparing to phase out the popular rear-wheel-drive G-body chassis. In order to give this legendary platform a fitting send-off, Buick engineers got to work to create what some have called one of the most menacing cars to ever roll out of Detroit. The result was known as the Buick GNX, short for Grand National Experimental. A total of 547 GNXs were produced, and each began life as a fully-optioned Grand National. So, what's the difference between a Grand National and GNX? Read on as we take a detailed look at the '87 Buick GNX specs.

Buick Grand National & Regal Restoration: Featured Customer Car Builds

Interest in classic cars is often tied to the vehicles we owned (or aspired to own) when we were in our teenage years, so it should come as no surprise that cars from the 1980s are steadily increasing in popularity. The 1978-87 Buick Regal, Buick Grand National, and legendary Buick GNX are great examples of this trend. These G-body vehicles have always had a cult following in the lowrider and drag racing communities, but we're glad to see them developing an even broader appeal. The Regal has always been an excellent platform for affordable restoration and customization.

1981 Regal Pace Car - The GN's Precursor

Today, the Buick Regal Grand National (GN) and GNX hold a significant place in automotive history, but these high-performance variants didn't simply appear out of nowhere. In the early 1980s, Buick was working to promote the Regal through racing events, spreading awareness of the model through appearances on and around the track. This would eventually lead to the introduction of the Grand National in 1982, named after the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series. But before this happened, General Motors tested the waters with the limited-edition 1981 Regal Pace Car.

Mint '87 Buick GNX Sold for $200,000

Bring a Trailer is a site we enjoy following, as a result of the many rare and interesting classic cars that show up there. One particular vehicle that caught our attention is this 1987 Buick GNX. With an almost-unbelievable 8.5 miles on the odometer, this GNX appears to be in perfect showroom condition inside and out. It was reportedly preserved in a climate-controlled room, and as a result it has survived in immaculate shape, down to the plastic covers on the seats, carpet, and gauge cluster.

1985 Buick Regal - A Tribute to Mom

Cars are often closely tied to our relationships with family and friends, but even more so with our parents. We'd be willing to bet you have vivid memories of your parents' cars from your childhood. You may recall these vehicles from long road trips, rides to school, or even from helping rebuild and maintain them. After a while, some of these vehicles may start to feel like members of the family. This was the case for Farid Wadood, of Los Angeles, California, and his mom's 1985 Buick Regal.

Buick Regal Catalogs Now Available

Classic Industries, the recognized leader in the restoration parts industry, has recently announced the addition of 1978-87 Buick Regals catalog line. From its aggressive design to the well-fortified option list; the 2nd generation Buick Regal’s popularity has always been steady.

Barn Find: 1987 Regal Grand Nationals

Checking the 1987 Regal Grand Nationals Barn Find - Photo Courtesy of GM EFI Magazine

It’s every automotive enthusiast’s dream to come upon a barn find. Back in the day, someone would literally find untouched classics in barns that had been forgotten by time for decades. Finding cars in an actual barn is rare these days—they’re more like “garage finds”, but everything else is still the same. So, imagine the excitement William Avila felt when he opened up a garage one day to reveal not one, but two 1987 Buick Grand Nationals—both with under 1000 miles, sequentially numbered. They’re essentially twins! However, they weren’t perfectly preserved, as William explains to GM EFI Magazine:

Video: The New Buick Regal Catalog

In case you've missed the big news, Classic Industries recently announced eight all-new catalogs for Buick and Oldsmobile models, and we're excited to offer a wide array of classic car restoration parts for these models in the near future. Our catalogs will be coming soon for many of these vehicles, but the first one of these lines has already been released.

1987 Buick Grand National - The Dark Side

The Buick Grand National was an unconventional car, to say the least. Rather than sticking with the traditional American muscle car formula of squeezing a large-displacement V8 under the hood, GM engineers tried something different: a V6 with a turbocharger. This configuration was a major risk, since turbochargers were still in their infancy when Buick launched the first turbocharged Regal model in 1978. But, after working through a steep learning curve, the configuration produced some astonishing results.