Domestic full-size coupes, especially ones adapted for better performance, were all the rage in the last century. Today, it’s a category that no longer exists. Chalk that up to consumers’ insatiable desire for SUVs and trucks. This edition of Auction Dilemma looks at two corporate cousins that highlight what General Motors could do when offering something exciting. We’ll look at a 1987 Buick Regal Grand National on Cars & Bids and a 1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS on eBay.
1987 Buick Regal Grand National
The Regal Grand National came about to commemorate Buick’s success in NASCAR racing. Using the latest technology (turbocharging), the brand sought to transform the ordinary Regal coupe into something more noteworthy. For its final year (1987), some Grand Nationals were sent to McLaren for modifications into the beloved GNX, but that’s another car and story. This 1987 Grand National (GN) still looks menacing with its black exterior (the only color available for GNs). Mileage is surprisingly modest with less than 58,000 miles on the clock, but time and perhaps some owners haven’t been kind. The car needs some paint and bodywork.
The heart of any GN is what’s under the hood. Here we’ll find a turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 that was factory rated at 245 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque. The seller reports several aftermarket upgrades, including a performance chip, upgraded intercooler, and MagnaFlow exhaust, but a dynamometer report is unavailable. According to Motor Trend, a 1987 Grand National needs 6.1 seconds for a 0-60 mph dash in stock form. A four-speed automatic manages the rear wheels.
The interior is near pristine, except for a deformed defroster panel on the top of the dashboard (the seller reports this, but no photos are available). The gray and black seats harken back to when velour was all the rage. Cabin equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, a factory audio system with cassette, and power door locks. The absence of power windows, even back then, is a bit of a head-scratcher.
1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
General Motors’ maximized the use of the G-body platform. It provided the underpinnings for the Regal, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, Pontiac Grand Prix, and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo. However, thanks to the SS option, the regular Monte Carlo’s blunt front end transforms thanks to a sleek fascia that gives the car go-fast looks. This white SS shows a clean-appearing exterior that reflects less than 72,000 miles.
Power comes from 305ci V-8, which was rated at 180 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque when new. A three-speed automatic manages the rear wheels. Performance numbers are hard to pin down, but original 0-60 times hover around eight seconds (automobile-catalog.com, supercars.net). Given the engine output differences, it’s no surprise that the Grand National would smoke this SS.
There’s something to be said for the longevity of velour because the interior of this Chevy is as clean as its Auction Dilemma counterpart. The blue upholstery (a color unique to 1984 models) looks crisp and clean. Cabin equipment includes power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, and non-functioning air conditioning.
Which Side Of The GM Family Are You On? Buick or Chevy?
Take a trip back to the 1980s with either of these personal coupes. With four days remaining on its auction, the Buick Grand National has a current high bid of $18,000. The asking price on eBay for the Monte Carlo SS is $20,995.
Sources: carsandbids.com, ebay.com, automobile-catalog.com
These cars went on to influence the design, build, and overall layout of modern cars as we know them today.
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