Last week, a rare 1987 Buick GNX muscle car sold for $250K, topping an eBay record and making some car buying novices wonder why.
At first glance, you can see someone kept the 31-year-old automobile in excellent condition. But when you dig a little deeper into the car’s features, there’s a great reason why.
It could fly down the asphalt back then and keep up with a Porsche. Or maybe because it had a Star Wars reference to it.
Buick Car In High Demand
Car and Driver said the American-made car was quickest to 60 mph back in the day, only second to the classic Porsche 911 Turbo.
Back in the day, the car class was a NASCAR competitor. In 1982, it ran in the Winston Cup Grand National Series. The carmaker looked to cash in on the car’s success with Manufacturers Cup wins in 1981 and 1982.
But it wasn’t until the last year of production in 1987 that the magic happened. A special black-painted BGX came out, called the Grand National Experimental, and sold for $29,900 off the car lot. With its turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, the car came with 300 hp (initially, 200 hp). Buick, McLaren Engines, and ASC Incorporated collaborated on the design. The car also has a four-speed automatic transmission with an enhanced oil cooler.
Reportedly, McLaren also upgraded the suspension and the interior from the previous years.
Car and Driver reportedly linked the vehicle to the Star Wars movie craze at the time. An article about the car labeled it “Lord Vader’s car” and sometimes referred to as the “Dark Side.” This fast car also rivaled the Ford Mustangs and Chevy Camaros at the time.
Maybe that’s why there’s been a run on the car recently. In 1987, there were only 547 built, and the eBay car came in at 372 on the list. Since its birth, it has traveled only 426 miles.
Several of these kicking Buick cars have traded hands this year, with one with only 759 miles on it.
Recently, a buyer bought one at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas even in June for a record $275,000. That particular car had 8.7 miles on it.
Buick Seller Said Time Was Right To Sell
Well-known car collector Anthony Saia said he put four of those 426 miles on the car over seven years. He saw the car as more of an investment.
He told Fox News he thought the time was right to flip the car and get double for his money. But the man said other vehicles of this particular Buick could net even more.
Saia said he’ll see the car break the $300,000 bank, and folks won’t be driving them. Buyers like Saia will look to preserve the classic.