Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
If you're a car guy, I don't care what you drive, you know better than to mess with the big, bad, blown Buicks. Right out of the box, these cars were potent enough to give contemporary Corvettes a good run for their money, and even today, smart car guys know that these cars can pack a serious wallop. This extremely clean code J47 coupe 1987 T-Type is NOT a more common Grand National, but rather a Regal Turbo-T which is a far more subtle and rare, and therefore a more fearsome and unique beast.
Man, this thing looks awesome in silver, doesn't it? The icy cold paint and liberal use of chrome work extremely well on this low-mileage (21,577 actual!) Buick. We almost prefer this look to the all-black finish the Grand Nationals usually sport, and it's considerably less common. Nicely preserved, it's a sure bet that this car was never used for the daily grind, and there are few signs of use anywhere on the car. The dome on the hood was functional, helping to clear the intake duct that feeds the engine, but otherwise it's just a padded roof away from being a clone of grandma's luxury barge, making it a brilliant sleeper. The chrome that remains is in excellent condition, reminding you that this is still a luxury car on the inside. That little "T" (package code Y56) badge on the front fenders is a real indication that this car is something special, but by the time you notice it, it's probably already too late. Add in the front and rear aluminum bumper brackets (codes VD6 & VD7), and you'll know you've just been passed by a rare bird.
Inside, you won't forget that you're driving a Buick, as every luxury and convenience item was standard equipment. The gray fabric upholstery is grippy enough for spirited driving and has held up well over the years. Blue-gray carpets add some welcome contrast, and they're in good shape with only minor signs of use. The standard Regal's instrument panel left a lot to be desired in a performance car, so Buick engineers stuffed a tiny bar-graph style tachometer in the corner, and the owner has wisely added Auto Meter boost and oil pressure gauges under the dash, just next to the special controller for the ECU. The original 1987 Delco AM/FM/cassette stereo remains in the dash, and it still carries all the luxury features you'd expect, including power windows and locks, A/C, cruise control, a tilt steering column, and a center console. The trunk looks almost completely unused, with original mats and a space-saver spare that's never been down.
While the stock turbo Buicks were potent, this one is downright threatening. The beefy 3.8 liter V6 has been augmented by a custom computer program, ram air intake, and alcohol injection, which makes this car explosive at any speed, in any gear. On the other hand, the mods are pretty easy to reverse (why would you want to, though?) so if you want bone stock, it's easy and the original parts come with the car. The quick-shifting 2004R 4-speed automatic is a great partner, allowing you to keep both hands on the wheel while your foot is flat on the floor and with 3.42 gears out back, the V6 is always on its toes. The exhaust has that familiar Buick Turbo sound and the 16-inch 1989 Turbo Trans Am wheels look exactly right, although they kind of give away the car's secret. They've been fitted with 245/50/16 radials all around, but you'll note that the rears are drag radials, so you know this car means business.
Complete with all the original parts, including the stock wheels and tires, this is an incredible find for Turbo Buick fans. Call today!
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