• The Buick Grand National was a variation of the second generation of the Buick Regal that General Motors produced from 1982 to 1987. The Regal is a midsize car considered a bit less luxurious than the Buick Century.


    General Motors offered the Grand National first as a sports coupe model known as the T-Type and finally introduced the GNX in 1987.


    After winning the 1981 and 1982 NASCAR Manufacturer's Cup, Buick decided to create the Grand National as a way to capitalize on the Grand National racing series success.


    The Grand National featured a V6 engine, but Buick modified the engine design in 1986 with an intercooling system to boost engine performance, allowing it to reach 245 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque.

    Fun Fact

    The Grand National was first gray in color before it was changed to the popular black color it became known for. The black model was dubbed the "Darth Vader Car" during the "Star Wars" phase.


    The final version of the Grand National GNX was offered at a price of $29,000 in 1987.


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