• Apr 5, 2007


Sure, most of the folks here at the NYIAS are interested primarily in the stuff that hasn't yet appeared in showrooms, but one of our favorite cars of the show was a twenty-year-old gem tucked off in a corner on the lower floor. What you see here in these photos is a genuine 1987 Buick GNX with all of 45 miles on the clock - a near-virgin example of a car that was a bit of a dinosaur even back in its day. The dated G-body platform was in its last year, and so McLaren and ASC were called in to give it a proper send-off.

What the GNX lacked in chassis sophistication was more than compensated by the highly-pressurized pushrod V6 under the hood and its electronic controls. The flares and sixteen-inch snowflake wheels only increased the sinister stance of the black two-door, but still did little to convey the performance potential of this machine. It was the beginning of the end of an era at GM, and eventually the neutering of individual brands killed off these acts of intracorporation rebellion.

Two decades ago, this thing stickered for a touch over $29K - or just shy of $54,000 in today's money. The odds of such a freak occurrence happening in Buick showrooms again are probably somewhat less than the likelihood of this exact vehicle ending up in our garage, we reckon. So what's the real Super Buick at this show?


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I always loved these cars. The Laguna S-3 too - can't beat swivle bucket seats.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! Where exactly did the fine such a beautiful, pristine example?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those wheels are referred to as mesh wheels.

      Snowflake wheels? This guy here...

      Awesome car though. 45 miles. That's just cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I lusted deeply for those cars when they were new. By the time I could afford one, they were gone. Ended up with a Mustang LX 5.0 instead.

      Buick Grand Nationals, and GNX's in particular, are the definition of 80's badass. Even 20 years later they have massive street cred, something no Asian car can match.

      Many of these cars were modded and raced so an unmolested one is a rare beast. Their value is headed in only one direction - up. If you have a chance to buy one, get it now. They're not gonna get cheaper.

      As with most car guys, we lust after the cars we wanted when we were younger. Guys my age don't desire '57 Chevys or '67 Corvettes or '70 Cudas like our dads and older brothers do. We want Buick GNX's and cars like them. If I had the money I'd buy one today.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #9 -- I'm serious.

      Buick could regain it's past badass street cred with a sleeper like the GN/GNX.

      I personally love older Buicks. I learned to drive in an 86 Electra Estate (seated 8, and had the wheezy 150hp 305). It was a fantastic car, despite the fact that it handled like a 18th century sailing ship. My mom grew up on buicks, as that's all her parents ever drove (save a Jimmy and a chevy half-ton) for about 40 years, and I have learned to appreciate their past.

      It's really sad that GM has let pretty much everything they make be designed by accountants, rather than engineers. I really want them to succeed, but I know they won't. I'll buy another american car when they can convince me that they deserve my money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing is bad ass. I would love to have one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow.. thats friggen sweet!

      Everyday Weekender
      • 7 Years Ago
      #13 I could've sworn that ad was for the Chevy Impala SS in the late 90's? I think it was "Lord Vader, your car is ready."

      Unless there were 2 different ads...
      • 7 Years Ago

      That such a great piece of Buick history was "in the basement" speaks volumes about what is wrong with Buick and to a lesser extent, GM.

      Oh, no, we can't let every GM brand have it's own muscle car...performance is reserved for Pontiac, and for those on a shoe string budget: Chevy. That strategy sure did wonders for Oldsmobile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #13 " Ahhh!!! So that's where Darth Vader parked it.

      I remeber when one of the car mags first introduced this car. The intro was: "Darth Vader, your car is ready"

      Truly BADASS. Does anyone really know the true (not GM's insurance dodging declaration) HP output of these monsters?"

      I remember that ad. I think I still have a magazine with that GNX ad in it. A stock GNX in 1987 made well over 300 hp and even more torque on top of that. In 1987 the GNX was the second fastest car to 60 and in the 1/4 mile that Motor Trend tested. The only car faster was the new Porsche 911 Turbo and it was over three times the price.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I always thought that wonderful motor was just a great chassis away from being great, but this thing is really nice!

      It's a dinosaur, and autoblog is correct that it was even when new, but so what? It's Cool!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is lame. Looks like somthinng that should be outside of a retirement home. Buick, pfft, whata joke.
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