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Your Chance To Own Last Buick Grand National Made In 1987

This pristine example has a mere 34 miles on the clock and is set to cross the Block at Barrett Jackson Auctions later this month

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With just 34 miles on the clock, this Buick Grand National looks like it rolled off the production floor just yesterday.

The Story

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Being a Buick dealer, Bob has sold between 30 to 40 Grand Nationals, including the revered GNX model

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.

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When he learned that the production of the Grand National was coming to an end, he had to have the very last one

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

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Its 3.8 Liter V-6 Engine put out 245 horses, five more than a Vette and the GNX was even more potent at 276 ponies

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

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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

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With just 34 This pristine example of the Grand National is the last one that Buick ever made back in 1987

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.

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Bob went to great lengths to preserve and retain the originality of this car as he had a dedicated space built out just for 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.

Conclusion

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After much deliberation with the folks high up the ranking at GM, Bob was finally allotted the final example

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

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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