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Real Wheels: 1986 Buick Grand National


August 23. 2013 7:30PM
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DELPHOS — Buick has always represented the best of American luxury, comfort and style at an affordable price. During the ‘80’s Buick saw an influx of consumers buying the foreign models, Audi, BMW, Mercedes. Executives decided to go after the younger crowd. They came up with the Buick Grand National. Buick almost had a war on their hands with Chevy though, as Buick wanted the Grand National to have the biggest engine. Buick and Chevy are both General Motors cars. General Motors wanted the Corvette to be the “flag-ship” car. The 1986 Corvette was rated at 230 horsepower, so Buick countered with 235 horsepower for the Grand National. The 1986 Buick Grand National had an impressive 4.9 seconds in the 0 to 60 time. Not bad for a V6 family sedan car. It was the fastest production car in the United States.



John Radler, of Delphos, brought his 1986 Buick Grand National to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 25 years. He purchased it Dec. 22, 1987, in Lawrenceville, N.J., and moved to Delphos in 2002. Radler gives two top favorite memories of this car: 1.) Meeting his wife on spring break at Defiance College and 2.) Drag racing at Raceway Park, in Englishtown N.J. He states that his daughter, Jordyn, thinks this would make a good first car for her. She turned 15 1/2 in September of this year. We’ll see whether her father can part with his cool car.






Real Wheels: 1986 Buick Grand National


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