• Apr 29th 2007 at 9:34AM
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The Buick GNX is iconic -- one of the great modern GM performance cars. The ultimate Grand National, it was limited to 547 units and received a host of changes at the hands of ASC McLaren over the "regular" car. These included substantial upgrades underhood, most notably to the turbocharger and intercooler, and when it bowed, the GNX was advertised as having 275 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. Another set of numbers, namely the car's sub-5-second 0-60 time, was evidence that the factory power rating was clearly on the low side.

A Texas car dealer has acquired Buick Grand National GNX #359 and has listed it for sale on eBay. #359's significance is that it has under 10 miles on the odometer and has never been titled despite the fact that it's 20 years old. All manner of original documentation is included, as well as the original battery, which was removed and stored. It also looks great in and out -- like something out of a museum -- and frankly, we ache for this most evil of G-Bodies. Apparently, we're not alone, as four bidders have pushed the car up over $85,000 USD. The reserve hasn't been met yet, though, and the seller has a "Buy it Now" on the car, too. If you click on that and agree to part with $109,980 USD, it's yours. Sure, you could get something like a 911Carrera S for the same money, but it wouldn't get half the looks, and we gather that the Buick's just as fun (and about as fast, too).

For more, check out this thread on TurboBuick.com, which focuses specifically on this particular car.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: eBay]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Another reason to ask Santa for silly money.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It also seems a shame that no one has ever enjoyed this cars potential.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I think GM should buy this car and diplay it at their headquarters. This way they can remind themselves that there was a time when they build desirable cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm no expert at all on cars, but if someone actually wanted to buy and drive this thing, wouldn't they have to put a crazy amount of money into this? And what components would just die instantly after this many years of non-use?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where's the jacket and hat for $109,980.00?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone else catch the part where it's implied this car still has the factory warranty?

      Lets see, for $110K, this car needs new tires because nobody in their right mind is going to trust 20 year old tires. It'll need new belts and hoses for the same reason. Dry rot anyone? They look good in the pics, but, if this car is truely "all origional", I would not be taking chances.

      I like the Grand Nationals, but, even if this was in my budget, no way would I consider buying it. I'd rather rebuild one that I can trust and one that won't make me cry when it gets scratched. I want to drive the damn thing.

      Trailer/Garage Queens are never impressive. Show me something that's been driven harder than the prom queen and still looks good in 20 years and then I'll be impressed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i'd rather have that 911 turbo for $59,000 there also selling or even that 07 vette for less than half the cost.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hrm I know that'll get 100x the looks for 109,000, an R8. Sure this car rocks, in a nostalgic way, what it represented (corvette beating Buick), but it also represents at lot of GM's current issues, this desire to focus primarily on nostalgia (sans the Saturn brand which we can just call Opel for all intents and purposes) - I year of the time when GM creates new halo cars like this, or the camaro, that aren't simply iterations of previous halo cars. Every time a special comes up on SPEED about cars like this, and you hear of their genesis and subsequent success, you realize GM has lost a lot of their old magic.

      Yup that's about it, great car, i've driven one, but in 2007, i'd much rather have something that's today's equivalent of road going architecture :), is excessively capable for the price tag, and emerges from a somewhat less then typical company.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn back when Buick stood for "Go Fast With Class." I lust after Buicks, Corvette killer. The most exilrating ride of my life was in a 87 T-type Regal that my best friends dad (a used car dealer) brought home in the early 90s. And yes I agree GM ought to buy it and install it in the engineering and design departments.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I owned a 1984 Grand National for a number of years and loved that car. It was fast and ugly (or atleast all my friends thought so) but it was a blast to drive. I wish i had never sold it, but it wasn't in great shape when i bought it (90,000 miles on the od.) and it was only in slightly better shape when i sold it (i installed a new turbo).

      This GNX example is rolling (er, sitting) art. I certainly can't afford it, but it will make a nice addition to someone's collections once it sells.
      • 8 Years Ago
      According to a web inflation calculator, this car cost the 2006 equivalent of $51913 brand-new. And you know what? Worth every penny.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you get a picture of a GSX and compare it to a GNX you get textbook evolution, and they look just awesome. Grandparents drive them because they know what's good, they just don't want to push limits in their old age.
      Back to the evolution. GM just needs to make a car that still has all of the points of these cars. RWD, price for performance that exceeds other cars in its class, lights in the same numbers with the same placement. Large c pillars. BUICK needs it's old heritage back, which is hurting it most.
      Powerwise, how about a V8 version of the 3800(which is based on the BUICK 401 anyway).
      oh, #17, just lie down and pull the trigger.
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