There are cars that have become icons over the years, like the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. Then there are those cars that are more myth and legend than reality, being so revered and so rare that many owners are unwilling to part with them except in the most dire of circumstances.
A prime example with just 11 miles rolled onto the auction block at the recent Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona, and when the gavel fell the low-mileage GNX sold for $106,000. If you ask us, the buy got this Buick at a bargain.
Originally bought by the Miller Beer Brewing Company, this showroom-condition 1987 Buick Grand National GNX is a perfect time capsule. It even still has the showroom sticker, and is #482 out of 547 total built for the final year. It comes from the collection of Michael Jenkins, and sold for no reserve.
Powered by a turbocharged 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 that was tuned by McLaren, in its final year this cutting-edge engine made 245 horsepower and 360 ft-lbs of torque. That was more than any other car in Chevy’s lineup, save for the Corvette. However, the 3.8 liter was likely underrated, and probably made more power than the Corvette; but it wouldn’t do for a V6 Buick to overshadow Chevy’s flagship vehicle.
While today we have the Buick Regal GS, without rear-wheel drive and an all-black paint job, it just isn’t the same. How many of you would like to see a modern GNX, with RWD, of course?