Well, it’s obviously not a Grand National but it is a 1983 Buick Regal Estate. The body has been tastefully modified to Grand National specs, while retaining its long roof. While the original engine has been replaced, it’s been replaced with a healthy V8 rather than a turbo V6.
But does any of that really matter? Just look at it…
From the ad:
1983 Buick Regal Estate Wagon
1983 Buick Regal Wagon Grand National 455 Big Block!
Very Rare 1983 Buick Regal Estate Wagon (2 Year limited production). It started its life with the Clark Grizzwald front end and a 4.1 V6. Not content with that, I chopped the front fenders and grafted the front of an 84 2 door Regal to it. All the work was done with sheet metal, not fiberglass, wood, plastic, bubble gum or duct tape. The bumpers were professionally stripped of their chrome and painted body color. The rest of the cars shell was painted 1988 Medium Orange Metallic used on the IrocZ Camaro using the PPG paint line and high build clear. It compliments the cars brown interior nicely. All the trim on the car was removed, media blasted and painted satin black. During the paint process the car was stripped to metal including jams, window frames etc. The point I am trying to make is the car was done right, not a hack job. The car still wears all of its own sheet metal virtually rust free. The power plant of the car is a modified Buick 455 .030 over, 10:1 compression ratio, decked, mild T/A performance Cam and an Eldelbrock intake and a tuned Q-jet. It has a very healthy rumble coming out of the rear exiting dual exhaust. The transmission is a TH400 with a solid shift kit and a 2400 Saturday Night Special stahl converter from Jegs. The rear axle is an 8.5 Corporate Posi from a Buick Grand National geared to 3.23 and includes the early Grand National Rims and tires. The interior is in exceptional original condition having only one small tear in the driver seat. The rest of the interior is almost perfect including the rare brown T-Type steering wheel. All the window seals, felts etc were replaced with high quality replacements and the windows were tinted black. I worked very hard to keep the appearance of the car stock including the interior and all of the options. This is how Buick “Should” have made the station wagon. With all the modifications I managed to keep the original A/C, Cruise Control, Tilt, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Rear Hatch Release, Power Seats etc and it all works. A/C will prob need a can of R134A which I will give you.
This car demands attention everywhere it goes and is an absolute blast to drive. It corners on rails with its Hotchkins springs and totally replaced suspension and upgraded sway bars. This car was built 6-7 years ago and driven often so there are some mentionables that I will disclose. The rear side cargo windows are missing the trim because as of to date I have not been able to locate replacement parts. Those windows have also lost their air tight seals and need to be resealed. Power windows work, but are slow to go up, new motors will fix. The tint on the windows is pealing in a few spots. Since I drive the car often there are some blemishes (chips/bubbles) to the paint that should be an easy fix for any body man. I will include a little less than a pint of the original color as well for a perfect match.
This is a one of a kind custom turn key car. I am selling mainly because I have several other cars that I maintain and time gets shorter and shorter with 2 kids etc….. You know the story. I am not pressed to sell this, just hate to see it sit. Don’t make me low ball offers or try and “educate” me on how much more you know about the car I am selling and built. There will be at least one person who tells me the Grand National rear axle is 3.42 not 3.23……. I did this because the 200R4 trans in the Grand National had 4 gears and an overdrive transmission (.67:1 ratio) where the TH400 is a 3 speed (1:1 ratio) and I didn’t feel like hearing the motor rev at 3K RPM’s at 55 MPH. 🙂 Please ask any questions you may have and don’t bid unless you can pay or need to ask your wifes permission. If you are going to put 24” rims on it and 16 speakers and a 55” TV in the dash, please don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.
Emphasis above is my own.
Read the seller’s description carefully. The seller sounds like he’s one of us, or at least one of us who aren’t hacks. Seems like everything was done right and with a purpose. And everything works, which is rare these days. Usually sellers provide an awesome list of stuff that has been done and a longer list of little issues. Those little issues take half an hour to fix, as per their own description, and yet many sellers just cannot do those simple repairs before unloading his project.
Not here. This thing seems very clean, done well, and period correct.
Sure, it is not perfect. I would have preferred Grand National seats, center console, and floor shifter but that is more of preference than a need. At the time of this writing the bidding is at $6300 and the reserve is not met.