Sometimes cars of legend arrive at a Copart yard. This is the story of one of them.
This is the 1987 Buick Regal Grand National, often described as Darth Vader’s Car. It’s legendary for its all-black styling and turbo charged 231 CI V6 engine cranking out 235 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the V8 Camaro of that year put out 190 horsepower. The Grand National’s zero-to-60 was a touch over six seconds, and it could do the quarter mile in around 13. To put this in perspective, this car could smoke Mustangs, Camaros, and even some Ferraris and Lamborginis of the day.
1987 was the last year these models were made, as Buick was transitioning to a four-door, front wheel drive platform. For the last year, they added an intercooler and a few other modifications that made the last hurrah of the Grand National one people are still talking about. They even made a super trim called the GNX or Grand National Experimental that became a collectable classic when it was new. Only 547 were made and went to some of the top Buick dealers in the country. Customizations included even more horsepower, torque, and suspension improvements to make even more of muscle car.
How cool is the Buick Grand National coupe? Well, it was advertised with George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ classic “Bad to the Bone.”
The Grand National got its name from the title of the NASCAR championship before naming rights were sold. It served as a pace car, and earlier versions even won titles several years in a row.
This one needs some rear end work, but this is a legendary classic worthy of remembering and restoring. We’d love to know the rest of its story. If you buy this car and restore it to proper coolness, let us know.
This might also be a great starting point for an entry in our ongoing 8th annual Copart Rebuild Challenge.