Buick Grand National moves up on ClassicCar.com search list

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

1987 Buick Grand National

People searching for collector vehicles on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace website were particularly interested in Buick Grand Nationals during June, according to listings released today by the website.

The Grand National, representing Buick’s final generation of Detroit muscle cars, was produced as an option package on the Buick Regal, and then from 1984-1987 as a stand-alone model with a turbocharged V6 engine.

While consistently among the top-20 in searches by make or model throughout 2021, the Grand National started the year in fifth place, but slipped to 10th by March, to 13th in April and to 15th in May.

But in June, the Grand National trailed only Chevrolet, Mustang and Ford in generic searches (those not including a model year), and the souped-up Buick even passed the Chevrolet C-10 pickup, which had been among the top-4 since November 2020.

“This is no big surprise for the Grand National,” said Andy Reid, the Journal’s East Coast editor and marketplace analyst. “These cars have been on the radar for quite a long time. Besides being one of the top performance cars of their era, they were basically the only true muscle car of their era. 

“It also does not hurt that they have seen so much screen time in The Fast and the Furious film franchise.”

One other note from the non-model-year searches: For the first time, the Toyota Hilux pickup truck was among the top-20 in June. And, for the third month in a row, the top-20 did not include the Ford Bronco.

As far as searches by specific year, make and model, the 1969 and 1967 Ford Mustang retained the top-2 positions. Interest seems to be building for mid-to-late 1960s Chevrolet Impalas and for Dodge Chargers from the mid-’60s to 1970.