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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder June 2nd – 4th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 5th Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information. Since big-block V-8 engines were largely eliminated from the GM option lists by the mid-1970s, Buick engineers experimented with turbocharging as a way to achieve added power output for its cornerstone 231 cubic inch V-6. Their first high-profile effort, the 307-hp Century that paced the 1976 Indianapolis 500, marked the first V-6 Pace Car in the event’s long history. The downsized Regal intermediate design debuted with the G-Body GM intermediate model lines for 1978, providing the ideal platform for Buick’s first series-produced Turbo V-6. Its attractively chiseled lines were perfect for NASCAR speedways and helped Buick to win the Manufacturer’s title for 1981 and 1982 consecutively. To celebrate, the first Grand National Regal model appeared in 1982, available in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged forms. The Grand National option returned in 1984, now with an all-black exterior, aluminum wheels, Lear-Siegler sport seats, Gran Touring underpinnings and 6 identification badges. The 200-hp turbocharged V-6 now featured sequential-port fuel injection and a distributorless ignition, an automatic transmission including overdrive, and a high-performance 3.421 rear end. Road tests acclaimed the Grand National’s performance and handling, and the Buick was highly popular with performance- and engineering-oriented enthusiasts during the mid-1980s. The Grand National was carefully improved and by 1986, an intercooler bumped power output to 235 horsepower, followed by 10 more horses for 1987, making the Grand National America’s quickest production car. So much so, it also inspired a limited run of lower-profile Turbo Regals for FBI use. If you are looking for a great example of one of the quickest and best-equipped American high-performance cars of the late-1980s, this potent 1985 Buick Regal Grand National is a great choice!