At $ 15,000, is this 1986 Buick LeSabre Grand National a bargain?
Buick and the Grand National license plate can go together like Forrest and Jenny, but like today Nice price or no nuts LeSabre proves that that match wasn’t always made in heaven. Let’s see if this ultra-rare NASCAR-oriented coupe now comes with a heavenly price.
When you consider Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, it’s not hard to imagine a truck like yesterday’s GMC Sierra 3500 from 1985 be somewhere on the pyramid. Maybe between “Love and Belonging” and “Esteem”. Not only was that GMC the kind of simple truck many of you felt exemplified such a basic need, but at $ 8,950 it also seemed to be an affordable way to achieve that milestone. At least that’s the assumption we can make based on his 73% Nice Price win.
Okay, I want you to think of the name “Grand National” and imagine the first car that comes to mind. It’s a mid-80s Buick Regal, right? Probably in black, with gray interior and deep plate turbine wheels. Easy.
Today we’re going to talk about another Grand National, still a Buick, but much less common and a little more baffling than the Regal edition.
This 1985 Buick LeSabre Grand National it was a one-year package and reportedly only sold 113 copies before being replaced by the T-Type in 1986. I’m pretty sure that makes it the rarest of all existing LeSabre models.
Now, LeSabre and performance never really went together, and while the Grand National Edition got the heavy-duty FE1 suspension with larger anti-roll bars and stiffer springs, it was still a great FWD car with most of its weight oriented on the front wheels. This has made it manageable and drives better than the standard LeSabre, but around corners it will continue to plow as if it were planting season. The impetus for the model’s existence was due to Buick’s participation in NASCAR and the company’s desire to qualify the larger car as a body model for track use.
To that end, the Grand National has a couple of model-specific body pieces. The most obvious of these is a weird plastic cover on part of the side window glass. It was meant to lessen the flow of air around the car, but it sure looks odd. Other Grand National upgrades include a front air dam, a set of cheekily beautiful leave wheels, black painted trims, and a pair of Grand National badges with a two-tone ring arrow.
A similar badge appeared on the Regal Grand National and, as everyone knows, represented the turbo that gave the Regal edition power and fame. There is no turbo on the LeSabre. Aside from the suspension updates, in fact, all of the Grand National’s mechanics are standard straight, unfiltered LeSabre. That means a 150-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 that drives the front wheels through a four-speed automatic with column gearbox. Yes-awn.
This particular LeSabre Grand National is black on gray mouse fur, which was the only way these models came along and is said to be number 36 on that total series of 113 units. The body looks straight and the paint is fine. It’s hard to say for sure due to the layer of grime on the car and the kitten footprints lurking around the hood. The interior feels solid and obviously built for comfort, not speed. The over-padded seats have room for three people in the back and front, with a low center tunnel offering foot space for everyone.
Yes, there is also some cleaning needed here, but based on the photos in the announcement, this Buick appears to be a real find, so perhaps that is to be expected. According to the announcement, the car comes out of the barn well and sports both new tires and new battery. It has 163,000 miles on the odo, which is about 4,500 miles per year. Given that he wears antique plates, it’s a good guess that most of the miles were accumulated early in life and his later years were less active. The title, unlike the current car, is clean.
So, this is an extremely rare if somewhat uninspiring Buick. What exactly could it be worth? The seller asks for $ 15,000 for the sale and aims to get something close to that to finance the purchase of a ’68 -’70 Dodge Charger, which the seller notes in the ad, is the car of their dreams.
What do you think, this LeSabre is worth that $ 15,000 and therefore brings the seller closer to realizing their dream? Or is that price just a total nightmare?
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