The Story of the Last Brand New Buick GNX!
To many people, the Buick GNX is one of the fastest and most iconic cars to come out of the 1980's. And even to this day it still puts fear into the hearts of other drivers on the road when they see one in the rear view mirror in all it's black and boxy beauty.
Conceived from the mind of former GM president, Lloyd Royce, he wanted to get Buick out that runt of only making cars your dad bought and make the brand part of GM's performance division again.
The GNX was a bit of an oddball in the eyes of the suits of GM. Not only was it a Buick that was faster than the Corvette and hitting 12s at the drag strip, it was a muscle car powered by a very un-muscle car like engine. That engine was a 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 which produced 276 horsepower and 360 torques. Which you probably know American cars aren't famous for using six cylinders as performance engines. (Apart from the Ford GT.) Also it was the only muscle car on the market at the time so it didn't have any real competition. Yes! I said this was the only muscle car on sale at the time. The Mustang and Camaro are pony cars. Fight me in the comments!
Despite that, the GNX was hugely popular. It gave Americans hope that the speed machines would live on during those dark days of emissions regulations. Sure it didn't have the grumble of a V8, but coming from an automotive empire that only produced bland, slow, non-thrilling family sedans and only cared about sales and production numbers, we took what they got. People loved the GNX and they all sold like hotcakes! Well, nearly all of them...
Meanwhile, on the sunny American West Coast in 1987, the dealership Boulevard Buick in Signal Hill, California received the allocation to display a GNX on their showroom floor. They hoped they could sell it in about a week like all the other cars on the lot. But for some reason nobody wanted it!
They almost sold it twice during that year but unfortunately both customers were unsuccessful. One guy offered the car's full sticker price but he didn't have the credit to buy it. The second customer explained very exuberantly that he would really use the GNX and take care of it. After that though he was never heard from again. The Buick dealership got so desperate to sell it, they took a personal ad in the L.A. Times to get people's attention, and even that didn't work. Not one single bid was placed on this badass machine. So for the next 32 years the orphaned GNX would live inside Boulevard Buick's showroom with people checking it out and taking pictures with it.
But Boulevard Buick has become more serious about selling the GNX. They have it listed on their website along with it featured in a video being driven by comedian and fellow car enthusiast, Jay Leno, which you can check out here.
And to be honest what car collector wouldn't want this? I would. The car has less than 200 miles on it so it's still being broken in and has all of it's 276 horsepower and it is about as original as you can get. From the paint, interior, even down to the original Goodyear tires from 30 years ago. It's the real deal! The only catch is the warranty expired in 1992. But on the plus side you can be the original owner of this very original 80s icon.