This is the fast Buick you never knew existed. Only 1,035 were ever made. In comparison, Buick made 20,193 Grand Nationals in 1987
1987 was the first and only year that Buick customers could mix and match Grand National parts with different Regal models. This meant that a luxurious Regal “Limited” such as this one (plush velour bench seating, pillows, column shift, wood/chrome interior trim, vinyl landau roof, hood ornament etc) could be ordered with the the Grand National’s turbo engine, as well as the GN’s “Turbo” bulge hood and black-out trim. It was one of the greatest “sleepers” the auto industry had ever seen
The Turbo-T replaced the T-type from previous years. The Turbo-T was a Regal that included the Turbo package (LC2) and T-Package (Y56). The Turbo package included the Grand National’s Turbo V6, 3.42 Axle, LED tach and boost gauge. The T-Package includes a leather wrapped sport steering wheel, 15×6 aluminum Sport wheels, Eagle GT Blackwall tires, fender badge, and the same “Gran Touring” suspension (FE3) as the GN (but with a softer tune – the GN’s suspension was performance tuned and stiffer)
Despite the reputation for speed, all turbo Buicks came with an 85mph speedometer. An 85 MPH speedometer mandate was enacted in 1979 in an attempt to reduce accidents and reduce fuel consumption – all U.S market cars had to use an 85 MPH speedo. The mandate proved to be ineffective and was ended in less than 2 years, allowing car makers to switch back to triple-digit speedometers. However, GM felt it would be a waste money to swap speedometers again on a car that would see a complete re-design in 5-6 years. So the 85 MPH speedo was left on
The wheels, bumper supports, and rear drum brakes on the Grand National are steel/cast iron, while those same parts are aluminum on the Turbo-T. This meant that most Turbo-T’s were slightly lighter than the Grand National, and could launch harder due to better weight transfer of its softer suspension
“Limited” models likely canceled out the weight advantage with the added luxury options, but hey … when you can line up next to a Grand National at a stoplight, engage “Drive” with your column shift, and keep pace with the GN with one hand across the back of your bench seat in comfort … who’s complaining?
Key Model Year Changes:
Final year of the RWD Regal (the following year was redesigned, and switched to FWD)
First and only year of the Turbo-T (T-Package) which replaced the T-Type. This is the only year the Turbo package and Exterior Sport Package were available as standalone options (The Turbo package requires the T-package) allowing customers to order a Turbo Regal in a color other than black or gray
Only year for the WE4 option ($3,295). WE4 included the LC2 Turbo Package, T-Package, and W02 Exterior Sport Package
The Turbo engine (referred to as “LC2”) had its engine management reprogrammed for a slight increase in power to 245hp and 355 ft/lbs torque (an increase from 235hp/330 ft lbs)
The grille was redesigned with more spacing between the bars
First year of Plastisol paint protection (essentially PVC rock chip protection)
New interior trim plate
50k original miles
Genuine Turbo T Limited (LC2 Turbo package and Y56 “T” package) – one of 1035 produced
Gray metallic with super rare Black C04 Heavily Padded Landau vinyl Cadillac top
Burgundy Red Limited pillow split bench seat interior
Rust free North Carolina original car
A tight and original example
Excellent original interior seats
Door panels look bright and factory fresh
Special BRF code Turbo 200R auto trans with HD 3.42, 8.5 ” rear axle
Fully optioned with Power Seat, cruise ,Tilt ,PW ,PDL and PT
Just been fully serviced, coolant flushed, engine oil/filter, greased front end, transmission fluid/filter, and rear axle gear lube changed
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
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