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PHOTO'S ABOVE EXHIBIT THE CAR STRAIGHT OUT OF LONGTERM STORAGE,  280.4 MILES, DASH BADGE, SPARE NEVER USED, TRUNK MINT, ENGINE UNTOUCHED (EXCEPT FOR SERVICES), GARRETT TURBO CHARGER 'NUMBERED' BADGE, OPTION / BUILD SHEET OPTIONS ON TRUNK LID. FOLLOWED BY ALL FOUR WHEELS (NO CURB RASH) IN EXC. CONDITION PLUS WE HAVE XTRA CAPS. TIRES CAN BE TREATED WITH '303' TO TURN BACK 'BLACK' OR REPLACED AT YOUR COST IF YOU INTEND TO DRIVE.  LAST SET OF OF PICTURES ARE THE COLLECTOR COPY #332 OF 547 OF "BUICK GNX" BOOK BY MARTYN SCHORR (DISPLAYED OPEN & CLOSED), ORIG. FUEL RECOMMENDATION STICKER, POSTCARD NOTIFICATION FROM BUICKS, QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER, 'R.A. NAMEISTER', ORIGINAL 'TEMPORARY TAG' FROM KEELEAN BUICK, NOTIFICATION OF "HI PERFORMANCE KITS" AVAILABLE AND 7 SERVICE ORDERS OR MILEAGE VERIFICATION REPORTS FROM STATE FARM. EVEN THE WINDOW 'ALARM DECALS' ARE IN PLACE.  MORE PHOTO'S WILL BE ADDED LATER AS WE MAKE THE MAG RELEASE DEADLINES.
                                
                         
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   1987 Buick 'GNX' (GRAND NATIONAL XPERIMENTAL)'BARN FIND'

Finding the "Holy Grail'' to most car collectors is finding any "Barn Car" or "Barn Find" that is ORIGINAL with Low Mileage. They become the benchmark for any future restoration and collectability. Other then service/ tires updates, this Automobile is an original 1987 Buick 'GNX' Grand National. One of the 547 built by McLaren Performance Tech. and ASC under the approval, and watchful eye of Buick & General Motors. These were created with the express purpose to be "The Grand National to end all Grand Nationals". They were the Last of the 'G-Body Regals' and were priced at $29,290 when released "New" in 1987 ($11,425 more then a 'regular Regal'. Of the 547, it is well published, two of them (#001 and #002) are on display at the Sloan Museum in Flint Michigan. That leaves 545. Another one sold recently at the Barratt-Jackson Auction 1/21/15 for and amazing $165,000 USD (including buyers premium).  It had 362 'actual' miles. Today, @28 years old, our 2-owner GNX has 280.4 miles. We have had it surveyed and it has been determined since it is monochrome (NO chrome), it should detail-out nicely. With the current popularity of  "Barn Cars" we think this car could be re-marketed 'as is'! but, we finally gave into requests and after a service update here at a GM/Buick Dealer in FL. the car is now detailed (PIX COMING).

If you're a fan of these Bad-Boy's, you know the Buick Grand National GNX's came out-of-the-box pretty much loaded with all the options:


Standard Equipment
was Automatic Transmission, Power Steering & Disc Brakes, Bumper Strips, Carpeting Front & Rear but, then they added:

Electric Door Locks, Soft Ray Glass, Power Windows, Eletric Trunk Release, Front / Rear ''Carpet Savers",Trunk Trim,Door Edge Guards in Black,2-Speed Wipers, Electric Rear Window Defogger, Front Seat Reading Lamps, Lit Visor Mirror, Body Mirrors (both remote operated), Limited Slip Diff., Inside Hood Release, Lamp Group, Spec. Battery, Dual Horns, 3rd Brake Light, Cruise Control, Tilt Steering Column, Halogen Headlamps, Special Handling Package, Headlamp Indicator, Power Antenna, Concert Sound Radio /Cassette w/ GM/Delco Equalizer, Front Lic. Plate Mount, 'WE2' Grand National Package ' '583' Grey Bucket Seats. It also included Eagle Gatorback Tires, Aluminum 16 In Wheels, the GNX Modified Engine, GNX Modified Transmission and Turbocharger, Special Suspension, Engine Air Vents, Body Mods,  Instrumentation Package and GNX Emblems.

Furthermore, to be Enlightened:

The real factory GNX's were then sent off to McLaren Performance Technologies and upgraded into the Buick "Experimental" Version (hence the "X". Buick / G.M. deliberately underrated the GNX at 245 hp yet, bragged on it's very substantial 360 lbft (488 Nm) of torque. Indeed, it was created to be the "Grand National to end all Grand Nationals." Factory changes made included a special Garrett T-3 Turbocharger with a ceramic-impeller blowing through a more efficient and significantly larger capacity intercooler with a "CERMATEL (Ceramic/Aluminum) coated" pipe connecting the intercooler to the engine. A GNX specific E-EPROM, low-restriction exhaust with dual mufflers, reprogrammed Turbo Hydramatic 200-4R transmission with a custom torque converter and transmission cooler, and unique differential cover/panhard bar included more of the performance modifications. Exterior styling changes include Vents located on each front fender, 16 inch black mesh BBS-style wheels with VR-speed rated tires, and deletion of the hood and fender emblems. The interior changes of the GNX included a Serial Number on a Special Dash plaque and a revised instrument cluster providing analog Stewart-Warner gauges, those included an analog Turbo Boost Gauge. Performance was measured with a quarter mile time of 13.2 seconds at 104 mph (167 km/h) and a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 4.7 seconds. Recent recorded Track Times Nationwide have bested those figures. The GNX used a unique torque arm that was mounted to a special, GNX only, rear differential cover, for increased traction. The torque-arm rear suspension alters the suspension geometry, making the body lift while planting the rear tires down, resulting in....impressive, increased traction.

"Star Wars" tie-in:
It is written the stealth appearance of the all-black Monochrome GNX and Grand National (and the resemblance of its grill to his helmet's mouthpiece to Darth Vader), coupled with the fact that the Grand National was initially released during the overwhelming popularity of "Star Wars" Movies, it earned it the title "the Darth Vader Car".

Car and Driver covered the GNX model's introduction with the article sub-title..... "Lord Vader, your car is ready." Due to the Six cylinder engine, the Buick make, and the black paint, Grand Nationals were sometimes referred to as the "Dark Side". The "Dark Side" cars contrasted with the more common bright colored V8 Mustangs and Camaros that were popular at the time. And, let's face it- in our 26 years, Black cars are always the most collectible. This car was a 'rock star' when it was introduced.

This vehicle has been cared for and serviced by several folks, including two G.M. dealerships. The mileage is documented by not only Dealer Services but, Auto Insurance Co.'s, 'Actual Mileage' title and notarized Mileage documents. It comes with other paperwork, as well, including an Owners Manual w/Enclosure, Showroom Brochure, a Box of new GNX Wheel Caps and the Collector Edition Book "Buick GNX" #332 of 547 written by Martyn Schorr so, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

We agonized over 'detailing' this great 'Barn Find' but,as stated decided to bring it back. This would be the perfect car to place inside a bubble. It has been stored "inside", in Florida, where climate changes are minimal. It is now on display in our Museum back behind ropes. Based on the recent Auction prices we would entertain a 'Realistic' Offer over $110,000 (sorry, no trades)   SOLD, SORRY YOU MISSED IT!