Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
If you're a car guy, I don't care what you drive, you know better than to mess with the big, bad, Buicks of the '80s. 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 1987 T-Type is NOT a more common Grand National, but rather a Regal Turbo-T Limited which is a far more subtle and rare, and therefore a more fearsome and unique beast.
Man, this thing looks awesome in gray, doesn't it? The icy cold paint and combination of both chrome and the code W02 Blackout Package work extremely well on this low-mileage (33,081 actual!) Buick. We actually prefer this look to the all-black finish the Grand Nationals usually sport, and it's considerably less common, in fact this exact iteration of this car is only trumped by the GNX when it comes to turbo Buick rarity. How special is that?! Wonderfully 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. And while you're looking up there, check out that super-rare Astroroof option. The chrome that remains is in excellent condition, reminding you that this is still a luxury car after all. That little "T" badge (Y56) 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 leather upholstery found in the Limited is grippy enough for spirited driving and has held up very 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 unlike many of the similar-era Buick's that we see today, there are no added boost gauges or special ECU controllers mucking up the OEM interior. The original 1987 Concert sound system AM/FM/cassette with graphic equalizer stereo remains in the dash, and this Limited "T" still carries all the luxury features you'd expect, including power windows and locks, A/C, cruise control, a tilt steering column, center console and even driver's and passenger's power seats. The trunk looks almost completely unused, with practically untouched original mats and plenty of room for trophies from the Buick Nationals.
While lots of the turbo Buicks on the market are potent machines, this one is downright threatening. The beefy 3.8 liter LC2 Turbocharged V6 engine is all-original, and makes this car explosive at any speed, in any gear, just like it was fresh out of the factory. An incredibly tidy engine bay is detailed for show, and with a time-capsule presentation like this, you'd be silly not to show it off. 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 15-inch alloys look exactly right, although they kind of give away the car's secret. They've been fitted with 215/55/15 Goodyear Eagle GT radials all around to finish the look nicely.
Complete with loads of original documentation and maintenance records, this is an incredible find for Turbo Buick fans. We don't see these cars very often, and this one won't last. Call today!