Evolution of the 1986 Buick LeSabre
Luckily, that made the overall ride and handling better than the LeSabre. But around corners? Not so much. Allegedly, the “impetus for the model’s existence was owed to Buick’s participation in NASCAR and the company’s desire to qualify the larger car as a body template for track use,” Jalopnik reports.
The Grand National sports some model-specific body pieces like a peculiar plastic cover over part of the side window glass. Apparently, it's supposed to smooth airflow around the car. Updates also include black-painted trim, alloy wheels, a front air dam, and a pair of Grand National badges featuring a two-tone looping arrow.
There’s actually no turbo on the 1986 Buick LeSabre. The auto features a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 150 hp paired with a four-speed automatic with a column shift.
A rare and interesting find
Jalopnik found a LeSabre Grand National that’s black over gray mouse fur (the only way these models came) and was the 36th model to be made out of 113. Located in Glade Spring, Virginia, the Buick appeared to be in overall good condition.
With straight bodywork and exposed paint that looked decent, the vehicle has an interior that prioritized comfort over speed. The seats are overstuffed and can fit three in the front and in the back. There’s also lots of room for your fee thanks to a low center tunnel.
While this barn-find Buick does need a good cleaning, its tires and battery are new. It’s also only clocked 163,000 miles, equalling about 4,500 miles per year.
With antique plates and a clean title, how much is this rare yet uninspiring Buick actually worth? According to Jalopnik, “The seller is asking $15,000 for the sale and is banking on getting something near that to fund the purchase of a ’68-’70 Dodge Charger, which the seller notes in the ad, is the car of their dreams.”
If it is the real deal and drives like new as the dealer claims, it would have to take a real enthusiast to drop $15,000 for this sad Grand National. Now if you can find one for a couple grand, that’s a different story.
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