Your Chance To Own Last Buick Grand National Made In 1987
This Buick Grand National has quite a fascinating story. It was in fact built for Bob Colvin who owned Springhill Motors on Louisiana’s border with Arkansas. The man in fact shifted anywhere between 30 and 40 Grand Nationals, including the much rarer GNX model with 276 horses, back in the day.
When he learned that the production run for the GN was coming to an end, Bob worked hard to get his name down for the final example of the car. It wasn’t easy though as he had to talk to a lot of people at GM, but after much deliberation, Springhill Motors got an invoice for the final Gran National to ever be produced.
The Buick Grand National
For those of you who don’t know, the Grand National was a sleeper car of sorts for its day. This modest-looking coupe featured a turbocharged intercooler 3.8-liter V-6 engine that put out 245 horsepower. Compare that with a Vette from the time that made 240 and you can see what I’m talking about.
The End Of The Line
The production date for this very special build was set for 9th December 1987. Bob along with his wife, Charlotte, and four-year-old Son Matt drove out to Pontiac up in Michigan where cars had been put together since 1927. to watch the car being put together.
Now, this was a significant moment in history as this was not just the final Grand National, but it also marked the end of the line for the G-body cars, which included models like the Chevy Monte Carlo, the Buick Regal, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and the Pontiac Grand Prix.
"We got most of them from other Buick dealers. They weren't performance-oriented, so they didn't know what to do with them.” - Bob Colvin
The Last Buick Grand National
This Buick Grand National is in pristine condition with the clock reading just 34 miles in over three and a half decades. Bob went to great lengths to help preserve it, as he built out an enclosed space complete with windows adjacent to his house, especially to store this beauty.
Taking a peek inside reveals that the seats and the steering are still in their original plastic covers and are yet to be unwrapped. It can’t get any more original than this can it? In essence, this Grand National really was part of the Colvin family.
Given this car’s age, rarity, and condition, this Grand National should fetch some serious money when it crosses the Block at Barrett Jackson Auctions in Scottsdale Arizona, set for later this month.
The next buyer will also get exclusive signatures and other memorabilia from factory workers who built this ultra-rare Buick. You can read more and see some exclusive pictures of this Grand National being put together in this post from Hemmings.
Source: Barrett Jackson