Hooniverse "It's 1987" Weekend Edition – The GM "G" Bodies

Welcome to the Hooniverse Weekend Edition, and this weekend we will be reliving 1987 all over again, and let me tell you why. According to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), cars that were built for 1987 have reached their 25 year milestone, and are now classified as antiques. They are now eligible to be judged at AACA events throughout the country, within the classifications set up by the organization. Here at Hooniverse we seem to love all of the perverse and oddball collectibles, from Station Wagons, to lowly economy cars. So it is with great delight that I pull out some of the iron that was new in 1987 to see if they are desirable, collectible, or trash. So, let’s start this weekend with the GM “G” Bodied cars

1987 was essentially the last year for most of the GM “G” body cars, and included such nameplates as the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the Buick Regal, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and the Pontiac Grand Prix. the “G” bodies were once classified as the “A” Body, and there were several body styles available along with a myriad of nameplates (Malibu, Century, LeMans, Bonneville, Cutlass Salon, and on and on), but by 1987 they these were the only ones left along with the El Camino that will be covered later.

The Legendary Buick Regal is probably the most coveted of the “G” bodied lineup at GM, with 1987 models that included the Grand National, The lightweight WE4 Regal Turbo T (of which only 1,547 were produced), and the awesome Regal GNX. Along with these three distinct Regal Coupes, 1987 also brought along another Buick option that was offered across the board for any Regal, and that was the LC2 Turbo, meaning you could a Buick Regal Limited, with a Landau Vinyl Roof and all the chrome goodies, with a Power Bulge Turbo Hood. Limiteds were treated to a very luxurious interior with plush carpeting and optional bench pillow seats and a column shift. Only 1,035 Regal Turbo Limiteds were produced

Here is one of those rare Buick WE4 Regal Turbo Coupes offered for sale on eBay. This car has only 25,000 miles on the odometer, and I prefer the looks of this car to the Grand National (let’s see if you can spot the differences…) The current bid is up to $15,544, with an unmet reserve. What do you think this newly defined “Antique” will go for? Take a look at the listing and tell me what you think.

Oldsmobile offered the equally legendary Cutlass Supreme, the one time best selling car brand in the country. The 442 name was revived in 1985 on the Cutlass Supreme due to the demise of Oldsmobile and Hurst’s official collaboration on the Hurst/Olds but Oldsmobile wanted to continue to offer a performance-oriented Cutlass model to the public. This W42 model replaced the 1983 and 1984 Hurst/Olds model and used the same 5.0 L LG8 V8. The 4-4-2 models were not the fire-breathing models that the Regal’s were, but they still had desirable features. From 1986, these were the only models to get the hotter 307 cubic inch engine, which produced 170HP with torque climbing to 255 lbs/ft. The Automatic THM200 R4 was also revised for the 4-4-2, and the rear end was shared with the Turbo Regal’s.

Here is a last year Cutlass Supreme 4-4-2 with only 15,870 miles on the odometer. The color scheme is the usual Black and Silver, with the stock SSII whels trimmed in gold. The Eagle II tires look original to the car, and the car looks great overall. The current bid is up to $10,100. with an unmet reserve. So, what do you think it will take to mark this “Antique” sold? Take a look at the listing here and let me know.

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was one of the most successful Chevrolet nameplates ever and by 1987 there were three distinct versions of the storied brand; The Luxury Sport (LS), the Super Sport (SS), and the NASCAR inspired SS Aerocoupe. The Aerocoupe was first introduced in 1986 and it was created by performing modifications to the standard Super Sport body, including a bubble styled sloped rear window and a shorter trunk lid featuring a spoiler that differed from the original models. Only 200 of the Aerocoupes were sold to the public in 1986, just enough for the modifications to be incorporated for the racetrack.

For the 1987 Model year, the Aerocoupe made up 6,057 of the nearly 40,000 Monte Carlo SS models sold for the year. The Aerocoupe did not return for the abbreviated 1988 model year. The 305CID H.O. V-8 produced 180HP and 225 lbs/ft of torque. The only transmission offered was the THM200 R4 automatic.

And look here, this 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe has only 29,190 miles sowing. This particular Aerocoupe offers the very desirable T-Top option, along with a deep maroon interior to go with the flawless white paint scheme. This car also has the G80 limited slip rearend, which helps putting the power to the ground. With about a day and 1/2 to go as of this writing, the Buy-It-Now price is $13,100. It this a fair asking price for one of the last Aerocoupe Monte Carlos, or is it too much? See the listing here, and let me know if this newly minted “Antique” is worth it.

The Pontiac Grand Prix was also one of those storied brands in the GM stable, but this was the only division without a performance version of the rear drive “G” body, as the NASCAR homologated 2+2 version was discontinued the year before. The 1987 version was nothing more that a regurgitated 1985 and 86 versions, as Pontiac was preparing for the new FWD Grand Prix models. That is not to say that these cars are not desirable, as they are the last year that the Grand Prix was available as a RWD coupe, with a V-8 as an option.

This particular Grand Prix is equipped with the 5.0L Chevrolet V-8, though it is not the H.O. version. It is one of the last Pontiacs to hang onto the 70’s luxury touches like a 1/4 padded vinyl roof, and a stand-up hood ornament. The very odd Pontiac 6000 steering wheel is the only detail that tells you that this is a late version of the classic Grand Prix formula. The price is right at $2,995, but a word of caution… there is no mileage disclosed. See the listing here to see if this “Antique” is worth saving.

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