Brand New 1987 Buick GNX With Only 9 Miles Discovered In Barn After 35 Years
Barn finds just never stop being exciting. Every next dusty, abandoned vintage car found confirms that there are still unfindable treasures hidden in our busy world. While this barn find might not have the same level of pomp and circumstance as, say, a lost vintage European race car, this supercharged 1987 Buick GNX was the hottest American car of the 80s, and this one has only nine original miles on the clock. Given its pristine condition and rarity, this thing will go for a lot of money.
This Buick GNX Barn Find Is Stunning On The Internet
Here we see a confluence of incredibly rare details stacked high enough to make for a very valuable car. According to Carscoops, the Buick GNX, purchased by its first owner in 1987, was brought home and parked in a barn for over 35 years with only 9 miles on the odometer.
First off, the Buick GNX is a rare car in any condition. Buick only made 547 examples of the GNX, of which this car is number 414. So, on its worst day, a Buick GNX is a rare and valuable car. So what makes it one that is actually brand new?
Where did this Buick GNX barn find come from?
Sadly, the original owner of this rare car has passed away, and Carscoops says a man named Lee Polsky has been charged with liquidating the man’s barn find collection. Polsky leads New Jersey King of cars and trucks, and after a year of digging through that pile of cars (including a Road Runner 440 six-pack), Polsky finally reached the buried GNX. To his surprise, he found a 1987 Buick GNX in nearly perfect condition.
Amazingly, the car sat in the barn all those years in the same condition it would have arrived at the dealership all those years ago. The most fashionable American car of the day had a tarp and garage bric-a-brac covering it. Once the debris was cleared, Polsky found a car with the window sticker still present and affixed to the window, and the protective coverings on the seats, steering wheel, door panels and carpets are there, just as they were. would have been when the car was delivered to the Buick dealership in 1987.
How powerful was a Buick GNX?
The Buick GNX was supposed to be the super Buick Grand National. It had to be more limited and hotter than a three dollar gun. The GNX featured a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 that produced 276 horsepower. This big black car could rip a 0-60mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds.
The GNX and Buick Grand National used the same 231 cubic inch V6, but only the GNX had the turbocharger. However, it was not just that. According to Hemmings, the Buick GNX has a special Garrett T-3 turbocharger fitted with a ceramic impeller; an intercooler with the same dimensions as the original one but more cooling fins per row; ceramic coated turbo shield and intake pipe; a larger diameter dual exhaust; and a recalibrated ECU that allowed 15 PSI of boost.
How much is a Buick GNX worth?
That’s the $64 question. In 1987, a Buick GNX went for $29,999, a hefty but fair price considering the rarity and power. We’ve seen the Buick GNX reach as high as $205,000. That said, this one, with so few miles and all original materials, created quite the buzz when it recently hit eBay. Before the car could sell, the listing was taken down for having “inaccurate information”, or so the eBay listing says. A note on the listing warned bidders that the car was also listed locally and would pull the listing if it got $349,000 for the GNX.
Do we think he got his crazy price, or did eBay actually pull it off? Either way, this is an incredible barn find situation that we probably won’t see again.
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