Car of the Week 1987 Buick Grand National Old Cars Weekly

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Car of the Week: 1987 Buick National

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The Buick Grand National was the production car built in 1987, and one of the hottest, baddest, and most American production cars of the a decade often considered a wasteland when it comes to excitement.

The 1987 Grand were capable of doing mph in the low 6-second bracket. Cars magazine published quarter-mile of 13.85 seconds and 99.22 Musclecars magazine’s test was just a little slower, if you can 13.90 seconds at 98.16 mph The original horsepower number was at 240 for insurance purposes in 1987 by GM.

The rating is a number generally to be very conservative.

Collectors like the superior performance of the Grand National model, though the ’86 is a whole lot

There are two main differences the 1987 Regal Grand and the 1986 edition. The newer car had an grille and the top section of the grille has no surface. Inside, the black door-pull straps of the 1986 were replaced by gray straps that matched the door panel in color.

Under the hood of the ’87 the turbocharged and intercooled V-6 was tweaked a bit to 240-ish hp at 4400 rpm and 355 lbs.-ft. of at 2000 rpm.

Standard with the Grand National WE2 was the same as in 1986 and again a long list of appearance, and performance features. Only individual options were the RPO YF5 emissions equipment package, an RPO B88 molding package, an RPO CC1 lockable roof, an RPO WG1 driver’s side power seat and an RPO UA5 theft-deterrent

By the end of the summer of 1987, Grand sales had practically doubled those of the entire previous This was due largely to the massive exposure the hot, high-performance was receiving in enthusiast publications. dealers then pressured the to make more of the cars, dealers were marking up an additional $3,000 per unit.

National production had originally slated to halt in July when Buick was supposed to making rear-wheel-drive Regals. On 3, company executive W.H. decided to extend production of the Grand National model December.

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By the end of the year, total production had to 20,193 cars.

All of the approximately cars built after 3 came with 17 required These included black finish, gray interior code 583, the 3.8-liter V-6, the Grand National package, Soft-Ray tinted door edge guards, wipers, an electric rear defogger, a visor vanity remote-control mirrors, a limited-slip a tilt steering column, halogen headlights, headlight chimes, a heavy-duty battery, an RPO UM6 radio and a front license mounting bracket. Buyers add two option packages and five options, but other regular Regal options were


Regal Optional V-6: 90-degree overhead V-6. Cast-iron block and Displacement: 231 cid (3.8 liters). stroke: 3.80 in. x 3.40 in. ratio: 8.0:1.

Brake hp: 245 at rpm. Torque: 355 lbs.-ft. at rpm. Four main Hydraulic valve lifters. fuel injection.


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