Monday, May 27, 2024

Buick Grand National | What To Look For When Purchasing | Buyers Guide

We catch up with Steve from Adrenalin Motorsports Inc to look at his 1987 Buick Grand National with 8,700 miles on it and go over everything someone looking to purchase a Buick Grand National.  These cars are a performance car and many were modified to make more power and used for drag strip purposes.  With the current market value, you need to know if you are buying a car that has been modified or beat.  Like anything else, signs of modification of heavy use can be covered up.  Since these cars are older, it is hard to know all of the car’s history, but knowing everything you can about the cars helps to give you the knowledge you need to pick a good car for investment and use.

The Buick Grand National was made from 1982 to 1987 with the 1986 and 1987 models being the most sought after.  Even in 1986 and 1987, these cars were purchased and used at the drag strip as they were one of the fastest production cars for their day.  with very few modifications you could get these cars into the 11 seconds at the track in the 1/4 mile.  With a car like this, many chose to modify and use them while some enjoyed them in the stock form.  Few were drove in bad weather conditions due to the way they drive, with stiff shifts and pretty fast acceleration.  That means that most are still in pretty good shape.  But with anything, time can deteriorate its condition.

This video is also a great overview of how a 1987 Buick Grand national should look.  This car is bone stock in every way and a perfect car to show where hoses and wires should be.  In the video, we go through the way these cars we assembled and the quality of the end product, the paint, truck sticker option codes, interior, turbo, engine compartment, and undercarriage.  When buying a car like this it would be suggested to have it up on a lift to see the small issues that could cost a lot to fix.

These cars are true classics and you want to be sure your purchase is a good one. Something as simple as a cracked tail light can cost you a very serious amount of money to replace.  Know what you are buying and the purpose of your purchase before you get too far into the car and realize you will be spending more than the car is worth to make it into the car you want.  Feel free to ask any questions below.

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