9,536 Actual Mile Grand National 3.8L Turbo V6 TH200R4
- Original 3.8 Liter turbocharged and intercooled V6 which makes 235 horsepower and 330 lb./ft. or torque
- Original Turbo-Hydramatic 200R4 4-speed transmission
- Original limited slip rear end that's complete with factory 3.42 gears
- Factory Gran Touring suspension
- Factory fast ratio power steering
- Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
- 15 inch chrome wheels
- Original black lacquer exterior paint
- Original interior that's complete with Lear Siegler seats and many ammenities
Over the past three decades General Motors has proven itself a modern day warrior. And while I have no doubt the company is strong enough to survive the apocalypse, and eventually evolve into the world's largest builder of cockroach cars, America's muscle car era was truly its time to shine. GM literally OWNED the late 50s and 60s; and no matter how much the corporate bean counters eventually tried to quell its spirit of performance and innovation, true car guys ALWAYS managed to keep the flame lit. I'm not talking about Corvettes or $50K Cadillac performance carriages either; I'm talking about cars that are fast, fun and highly attainable. In the early 21st century, the guys at Pontiac worked with GM's Holden division to send world class muscle to American shores. During the stuffy 70s the venerable Trans Am soldiered on with big displacement motors and flashy good looks. In the mid-90s Chevrolet's visionary Impala SS brought a new sense of cool to full-size cars. And in the 80s it was this car: Buick's bad-to-the-bone Grand National that proudly separated the winners from the losers. All black, all business, and so sinister even your shut-in grandmother knows it means trouble on the streets, this 9,536 mile survivor is nearly perfect in every way!
I'll begin this Buick's description with how the car began its life. Below is a complete breakdown of the original window sticker that's included with the sale.
1986 REGAL T-TYPE 2-DOOR COUPE: $14,153
* 3.8 Litre SFI turbo V6 that's complete with an intercooler
* Automatic transmission that's complete with overdrive
* Fast ratio power steering
* Power front disc brakes
* Aluminum wheels
* Air conditioner
* Steel belted radial ply black wall tires
* Gran Touring suspension
* Notchback front seat
* Leather wrapped sport steering wheel
* Dual horns
* AM radio
* Fixed mast antenna
* Bumper guards
* Bumper rub strips
* Front license plate mount
* Complete lamp group
* Color-keyed seat and shoulder belts
* Turbo boost lights
* Trip odometer
* Freedom II battery
* Left hand remote and right hand manual mirrors
* Center high mount stop lamp
* Black exterior paint
* Gray cloth interior that's complete with bucket seats
AU3: Electric door locks ($145)
A01: Soft Ray tinted glass ($120)
A31: Power windows ($210)
A90: Electric trunk lock release ($50)
B32: Front carpet savers ($17)
B33: Rear carpet savers ($12)
B88: Protective body side moldings ($60)
B91: Black door edge guards ($15)
CC1: Hatch roof ($895)
C04: Two-speed windshield wipers with delay ($55)
C49: Electric rear window defogger ($145)
G80: Limited slip differential ($95)
K34: Electronic cruise control ($ 175)
N33: Tilt steering column ($125)
TT5: Tungsten halogen headlamps ($25)
UA1: Heavy duty battery ($26)
UM6: Delco-GM cassette stereo with ETR, AM/FM, seek, scan, autoreverse and clock ($354)
US7: Automatic power antenna ($70)
U52: Electronic instrument cluster ($173)
WE2: Regal 'Grand National' package ($635)
WG1: Power six-way driver's seat ($240)
TOTAL VEHICLE OPTIONS: $3,642
TOTAL VEHCILE PRICE: $18,209
Assembled in Pontiac, Michigan and delivered to Whelan Buick in Freehold, New Jersey, this low-mileage Grand National is one turbo Buick survivor that's in outstanding condition! The car just received a thorough massage from our expert detailers at RKM Performance Center and currently presents an absolutely spectacular appearance from its turbo-specific hood all the way to its turbo-specific decklid. A wet-looking coat of GM code 19U black lacquer highlights modern Buick styling that's both crisp and sharp. The car's vertical panels center straight surfaces in even gaps and show no signs of damage or accident repairs. And its finish, which is topped by great looking original trim, is every bit as glossy as it is deep. We all know how bad mid-80s GM paint application can be. But not on this Buick, it was definitely sprayed by someone who knew exactly what they were doing; and when it comes to overall presentation, it's one of the nicest factory Grand Nationals we've ever seen!
Buick, wanting to capitalize on the success of winning NASCAR's Manufacturer's Cup in 1981 and 1982, kicked off the Grand National legend by introducing a specially tweaked version of a their gray 1982 Regal. However, it wasn't long until GM's conservative luxury crew assumed the full identity of renegade performance division by slathering black paint over highly modified G-Bodies that featured unique aesthetic parts. At the front of this monochromatic sleeper, a subtle chrome grille hangs between four tungsten halogen headlights, a body-matched bumper that's complete with clear amber parking lamps, and a NASCAR-inspired chin spoiler. At the top of the car, a Grand National-specific hood props chrome “3.8 SFI TURBO” emblems in front of original tinted glass that's cleared by two-speed wipers, framed by gloss black trim and capped by a black hatch roof. At the sides of the car, body-matched sport mirrors, “GRAND NATIONAL” branded door handles and six inch “GRAND NATIONAL INTERCOOLED” fender emblems ride above black lock cylinders, black body side moldings, black door edge guards, black wheel well trim and black splash guards. And at the back of this stock car street car, a Grand National-specific decklid spoiler hangs above crystal clear tail lights, a second body-matched bumper, a third black lock cylinder and a third six inch “GRAND NATIONAL” emblem.
Speaking of survivors and GM's post-apocalyptic business model, if anyone ever gets around to doing an ultimate engine survivor's list Buick's stalwart 231 cubic inch V6 will surely be at the top. Introduced as the Fireball, and eventually renamed the 3800, its early 60s design was sold to Kaiser, bought back by General Motors and, with the help of turbos, superchargers and continuous improvements, would remain one of the company's core powerplants until the turn of the century! For the 1986 model year the Grand National's turbocharged 3.8 liter, which had already benefitted from sequential fuel injection and a distributorless ignition system, saw significant mechanical changes that included a new air-to-air intercooler, adjustments to its Garrett turbo, improved upper and lower intake manifolds, and a redesigned exhaust system. All those carefully calculated tweaks and improvements were good for a newly impressive 235 horsepower and 330 lb./ft. of V8 slaying of torque. And the car's drag strip scorching performance would not only best GM's own Camaro and Corvette, but also catapult it to the forefront of 80s performance! This low-mileage Buick mill is 100% stock inside and out and features fresh and pliable belts and hoses that are ready for lots warm weather and tons rich boost. Everything from the car's Grand National hood mat to the big V6's correct 25526109 casting number is in top-flight condition. And after one glance at our pictures it becomes very obvious that this engine bay has never seen anything more than carefully planned miles on sunny summer days.
The car's hot turbo engine spins torque through an original BRF tagged member of GM's ultra-reliable Turbo-Hydramatic 4-speed transmission family; an honorable and faithful group that's survived behind GM's toughest performance blocks for decades. That seasoned transmission twists a set of original 3.42 gears which offer a great combination of starting line grip and high-speed cruising ability. And at the ends of that heavy duty drivetrain, double A-arm front and four link rear Gran Touring suspensions create NASCAR inspired handling characteristics. Unrestrained these Buick's were probably legitimate 150 MPH cars, but the factory knew the limitations of the Regal's aerodynamics, suspension, and brakes and wisely chose to reign in the fun long before peak velocity. Speaking of brakes and the like, factory power front discs and rear drums provide solid stops, fast ratio power steering makes cornering easy and turning a cinch, and a factory exhaust system helps create power while adding to the car's subdued demeanor. Aesthetically, the bottom of this Buick is exactly what you'd expect from a 9K mile chassis. There's very little weathering relative to the car's age. Factory paint marks are still blatantly present and accounted for. And at the corners, mirror-like wheels spin great looking 215/65/15 Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 radials around bright Grand National center caps.
Inside this awesome street bruiser you'll find an all-original gray and black interior that's literally spotless. Typical Buick fashion dictates more comfort than sport, but that's what GM's entry luxury brand has always been about anyway. And naturally, that means this Grand National is loaded with all the features you'd expect including power windows, power locks, climate control, cruise control, a completely electronic Delco-GM AM/FM cassette stereo, a tilt steering wheel, a rear window defroster, an electronic trunk release, and of course, Grand National-specific Lear Siegler seats that include six-way power adjustment for the driver. In front of those seats digital gauges, which seem completely appropriate in this turbo Buick, inhabit a blocky dash that's free of warps and cracks. At the sides of those seats, light and linear door panels combine with the car's pristine T-tops to provide an airy and comfortable ride. And beneath those seats, original gray carpet is protected by original rubber floor mats. The driver interfaces with the road through a cool looking satin-spoke steering wheel. And the trunk, which has its original mat, jack, lug wrench and space-saver spare tire, is just as nice as the interior.
The sale of this badass Regal includes the original window sticker outlined above, the car's original owner's manual, the car's original warranty information booklet, the car's original maintenance schedule booklet, the car's original dealer portfolio, original T-top instructions, an original Buick radio station directory, and an original 1986 Buick buyer's guide.
Every red-blooded gearhead knows about Buick's legendary Grand National; and nobody scoffs at one. Something about their NASCAR DNA and their ability to scream away from all but the most potent street hardware has netted them big respect and much admiration. With just 9,536 miles on the clock, this low-mileage G-Body is an incredible bargain, and you can bet on the fact that these cars will only become more valuable as the years progress. So come on in, pick this Buick up, and enjoy one of the nicest Grand Nationals on the planet WHILE it appreciates!
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After hearing good things about the people at RK Motors, I contacted them regarding consignment of my street rod. I found Tony Klein to be a pleasure to work with. He was very professional and forthcoming in our communications. He evaluated my vehicle and made suggestions of enhancements which would help ensure the desired result would be achieved in the marketing of the vehicle. We agreed on an acceptable sale price. Following the completion of the recommended items, I brought the vehicle to RK for consignment. After a thorough inspection and correction of some minor issues at what I considered a fair price, the vehicle was offered for sale. It sold quickly with me receiving the agreed value. I would have to repeat the recommendation that I received. RK Motors does what they say they will do, and obtains for the seller a fair and agreed value. What more could you ask for?Doug C.