Many think that the last, great Buick was the Grand National. Based on the GM G-body rear-wheel-drive platform, its draw was its stealth looks and turbocharged and intercooled V6. With 245 hp, it was more powerful than the era’s Corvette. Now, the last one made with only 33 miles on the ticker is going up for auction.
This Buick Grand National is more than just the last one ever made
The Grand National was produced at GM’s Pontiac West assembly plant in Pontiac, Michigan. This one saw production on December 11, 1987. It is a one-owner car in almost perfect condition, as one would expect with such extremely low mileage. It’s also noteworthy that this car was the last car down the line of the Pontiac West assembly plant.
Makeshift signs made for it as it rolled down the production line are included in the sale. Also, workers signed their names both under the hood and in other areas of the Grand National. Some of the signatures included the date and even the time signed can be seen on certain engine components.
The last Grand National, last G-body, and last car built at Pontiac West
It also marked the end of other GM-related milestones. This Buick was the last of the era’s G-bodies built, and also the end of production at the Pontiac West plant. The Pontiac West facility first opened in 1927. By 2006, all of it had been torn down. Now it is the site of the M1 Concourse racing facility.
Besides the signs, there are also original build sheets signed by various GM executives, as well as the window sticker, which is still attached to the window. The only flaw listed is a crack in the steering wheel trim, but who knows? It might have been that way from the factory. After all, this was 1987.
Along with the Buick Regal, the G-body platform was shared by the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Chevy Monte Carlo. As both the Grand Prix and Monte Carlo bodies were used in NASCAR, limited versions of those two cars had the fastback rear glass. Awkward-looking at the time, they are highly sought after today. Pontiac’s aero-version was only made in 1986.
The 1987 Buick Grand National had more power than this year’s Corvette
But none of these stablemates had anywhere near the power of the Grand National, even with V8 power. Most were rated below 200 hp. But again, this was the 1980s, so many American cars saw compromises in the name of emissions.
Being offered at the Barrett Jackson auction in January in Arizona, nobody is speculating how much it might go for. That’s because low-mileage examples of the Grand National have sold recently for over $100,000. So with the hyper-low miles, being the last one made, and the fact it is a Grand National, who knows how much it might fetch?