The Last 1987 Buick Grand National

Oct 19, 2012

The last Buick Grand National, built Dec. 11, 1987, will star in “BLACK AIR: The Buick Grand National Documentary” produced by Andrew Filippone Jr.

The documentary is set to be released Dec. 11, exactly 20 years after the last production Regal Grand National rolled off the assembly line.The final GN signaled the end of GM G-body (Cutlass, Regal, Monte Carlo) production.

Owned by Buick-Chevrolet-GMC Truck dealer Bob Colvin in Springhill, La., the Regal Grand National is arguably the most documented of any GN or GNX vehicle, according to a press release.

The 245-hp ’87 Grand National is monochromatic turbocharged and intercooled with rear-wheel drive. Known for being available “in any color, as long as it’s black,” it was built a few months into Buick’s 1988 model year.

The vehicle came off the line with a plethora of mechanical parts signed by final-line workers, including a special time-and-date-stamped window sticker. An additional GM emblem was installed on its header panel to distinguish it as the last built.

“We chose Bob Colvin’s GN for our movie poster and a starring role in ‘BLACK AIR’ because of its historical significance to Buick GN owners, as well as muscle car enthusiasts regardless of brand loyalty,” said Filippone.

Interest in the GN in the 1980s sparked Buick to not limit production and build as many Grand Nationals as it could. While GN production in 1982, ’84, ’85 and ’86 averaged 2,500 units per year, the ’87 GN finished its run with 20,193 units-”approximately eight times the average, the release stated.

Additionally, Buick built 1,547 T-Type Regals with GN powertrains and 547 limited edition GNXs.

Second-generation Buick dealer Colvin, his wife Charlotte and son Matt, followed the car down the final assembly line and documented every stage of the build process. The Regal Grand National is displayed in its own temperature-controlled room at Springhill Motor Co., surrounded by memorabilia from its build at the long-gone Pontiac plant. It has accumulated just 14 miles since rolling off the assembly line almost 20 years ago.

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