A Buick Grand National could leave a lot of vehicles in its dust, back in the 80s.
1987 the final version of the menacingly styled performance coupe produced 245 horsepower and 355 pound feet of torque, never was designed to sit still, and let alone for 30 years. But two low-mile Grand Nationals did just that.
It was widely known at that time that nothing like the Grand National would be built again, as the Regal platform would be moving to front-wheel drive. A lot of buyers stockpiled Grand Nationals and rarer GNX versions with the idea of making a buck on them when they gained value. Some people bought several.
So that’s what happened to these two cars, they woke up from their slumber recently.
Thirty years of storage has turned them into precious barn finds instead of showroom beauties, and they haven’t exactly been flawlessly preserved.
Shawn Matthews and William Avila, two enthusiasts, contacted the owner originally, who had posted them for sale on Facebook with a staggering $200,000 asking price. After checking the cars and confirming they were indeed legit, the prospective buyers managed to strike a deal for an undisclosed sum. According to the story the seller was a bit eccentric, demanding the money in hand before the cars could be touched at all, but the cars eventually were acquired and transported to a shop for desperately needed refurbishing.
Time caused the headliners on both vehicles to droop, and obviously it’s all gaskets and fluids will need to be addressed, but both cars have extremely low odometer on their readings: One has 807 miles on the clock, while the other hasn’t even reached 600. The vehicle with more miles was moved “once in a while,” so clearly the original owner couldn’t resist giving it a go while the other one slept.