Watch This 1986 Buick Grand National Start After 18 Years In Storage

This 1986 Buick Grand National has spent the last 18 years in hibernation. Unlike most barn finds, this Grand National has been well taken care of, it’s been kept clean and fired up once every few years to prevent the fluids from going stale. The owner purchased her from the dealership and drove her until 1995 when he became busy with other projects. Only 17,588 miles were clocked when she was placed in storage.

Youtube user Motocross03087 was in the market for a project car and worked out a deal to purchase her. He and the owner pulled the car out of the garage and after a little work she fired up on the spot. He then took her home changed the fluids, replaced the filters, hoses, belts, the stock fuel pump, plugs, and the fuel regulator. After all of this, the Grand National was running about as good as the day she left the factory. With 15 pounds of boost and a posi she is a real screamer on the street and is capable of turning 14s at the strip.

The Grand National was the performance package for the Buick Regal that debuted in 1982. It was named for the then NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series (Now Sprint Cup). The GN Package gave the Regel a facelift and unlike most musclecars a little 3.8l V-6 sits under the hood. This little V-6 isn’t your Grandmother’s V-6, this is a turbocharged engineering marvel that produced 245 horses and 355 lb/ft of tire screeching torque. Production-wise, the Grand National was the fastest muscle car of the ’80s, capable of out running with a 5.0 Mustang or an IROC-Z. How many of you still dream of owning a Grand National of your own?

Vin Diesel can be seen piloting a Grand National in the opening of 2009’s Fast and Furious.

About the author

Josh Courter

Josh Courter is a Power Automedia freelancer with a serious passion for anything custom. Rods, classics, sleds, and even motorcycles provide inspiration for Josh along with his passion for automotive history.
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