autoevolution
Car video reviews:
 

Last 1987 Buick Grand National Ever Built Is Like a Time Capsule, Barely Driven

The 1987 model year was the last one for the Buick Grand National as GM prepared to end production of its G-body RWD Buick Regal. The demand for the Grand National performance version was so high at the time that GM had to extend production well into December to meet customer demand.
1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson 9 photos
1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson1987 Buick Grand National1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson1987 Buick Grand National on action at Barrett-Jackson
The end of production was properly marked with a special edition GNX (from “Grand National Experimental”) limited to only 547 units, but somehow a vanilla Grand National is what people value the most. This particular example of Grand National is the very last built on December 11th, 1987, and is so precious it’s considered a national treasure. The car was never properly driven and it spent most of its life in a climate-controlled garage except for the rare moments it was displayed at various events, like the Buick's 2003 centennial celebration in Flint, Michigan.

The car will make another precious appearance next month at the Barrett-Jackson auction event in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s your very own chance to buy a piece of American automotive history, as the car will go under the hammer at the event. The last built Grand National is also the last car produced at GM’s Pontiac Assembly plant, which had been building cars since 1927.

According to the Barrett-Jackson listing, the car has only 33 miles on the odometer and is adorned with the autographs of the emotional line workers that put it together, starting with the engine bay and going through to the undercarriage. It still wears the original window sticker that says, “The Last Grand National,” and all the factory-installed interior trim pieces are still in place.

As with any other Grand National, this one has the turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 under the hood, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine should be able to deliver the advertised 245 hp and 330 lb-ft (447 Nm) of torque, but since the car was barely driven, we wouldn’t know for sure.

The “no reserve” auction for the last Grand National ever built is scheduled for January 27-30 in Scottsdale, AZ, along with other classic car gems like this 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 Super Cobra Jet.

Editor's note: The Buick Grand National in the pictures is not the last one on the production line, but another example sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction.

 
 
 
 
 

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories