Join Date: May 2017
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Re: Any other turbo buick owners here?
First and foremost: CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW BABY and GREETINGS from Chicago!! And YES, turbo Buick owners can like other cars too...like Chevys!! lol
I'm ALSO A TURBO BUICK OWNER from way, way back. In the spring of 1986, I ordered a Grand National. It was SUPERFAST and I loved it. I traded it in the fall of '87 for a Buick GNX (#531). In '89, the dealership alerted me about a demo GNX (#56) that they had and asked me if I wanted it. Needless to say, I JUMPED at it!! So for awhile, I had 2 GNXs, in addition to a '70 Road Runner and a '70 Javelin/AMX.
Eventually I sold the first GNX and STILL have my second. In 2015, I picked up my '67 Chevy El Camino, which I am in the process of restoring/rebuilding - which brings me here.
ENJOY your turbo Buick. They weren't built that well at the time, but then again, what '80s GM was?? But the T-Types (which is actually what you have) weren't as plentiful as the Grand Nationals. They were mostly picked up by older drivers or families who needed the bench seat, when new. But because of that, they weren't as ABUSED as the Grand Nationals were. They were stealthy hot rods, without the musclecar looks of the Grand National. They were essentially a Buick Regal with Grand National power. Thus the plush interiors and options. The insurance was cheaper on them also versus a Grand National, which had a nasty reputation for racing - well earned!!
But like so many other things in our times, the EXPLOITATION HAS OCCURRED. As the Grand National has risen in stature and PRICE, MANY LOW LIFES ARE TURNING T-TYPES INTO FALSE GRAND NATIONALS AND SELLING THEM AS REAL/ORIGINALS. I have a friend that was taken too. But its no difference than phoney SS Chevys or false GTOs, so like so many other things, its BUYER BEWARE.
So its VERY RARE just to FIND an 86/87 Buick T-Type that hasn't been modified or abused so you have a RARE CAR. Good find.
TRIVIA INFO.: When one ORDERED a Grand National when new, one actually purchased THREE CARS. First you had to order the Regal, and then you had to purchase the T-Type Package. On top of that, you had to purchase the Grand National Package.