Affordable Modern Classic: Buick Grand National

Let’s start a new theme/game – Affordable Modern Classics. Let’s see how many desirable cars from the 80s and 90s we can find, which have recently become more affordable. To do this I would ask you to submit CraigsList or eBay classifieds, because I’m horrible at finding them myself.

This Buick Grand National, sent in by Muthalovin, is the perfect example of what I would consider an Affordable Modern Classic. I remember when the prices for these ranged from $15,000 to over $30,000 but today here is an example in what looks to be in good condition for $7000.

[Source: Craigslist | Thanks Muthalovin! ]

These things used to terrorize the drag strips in the 1990s, at least when compared to other cars in street trim. They were able to run 13s essentially out of the box. Add some tires, turn up the boost and you were running 12s. What other, fairly affordable, street car was capable of that?

I think that now maybe a very good time to pick up a Grand National. Correct me if I am wrong, but they maybe in their price dip, one where they’re in between being just a car and before becoming a classic. For instance, I believe that the Typhoon/Syclone trucks are very quickly becoming classics and finding a clean one at a decent price is becoming impossible.

The Grand Nationals however, with higher production numbers, are still somewhat common. It is possible to find a clean, unmodified one for a price which is much lower than it once was.


Send similar vehicles to tips At hooniverse DOT com, something that cool, fun, fast, rare and… a modern bang for the buck. Should we have other criteria for this theme?


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