The Buick Regal GNX is a very special car to a lot of people, and remains an icon for muscle cars to this day. So what happens when a pseudo-GNX vehicle comes across our paths? It’s actually not all that bad. In fact, it’s kind of cool, if not unique.
Barrett-Jackson will auction off this 2004 Buick Rainier. Normally, a Rainier is certainly not a cool car, but whoever took this one into their care did one heck of a job with it. Enough to call it a Buick Rainier GNX even.
First, the car features a V8 powerplant accompanied by a Magnuson supercharger. Of course, the V8 doesn’t really meet a GNX standard when taking into account the type of engine (anything besides a turbo-six), but still, we think this build earns it. The engine is paired to an automatic transmission and power is sent to an all-wheel drive system, while a Borla exhaust let’s the engine grunt sound off in an angry burble. GNX badges adorn the exterior to signify the build.
Inside, the interior is done up with custom GNX instrumentation for the Rainier, and judging by the photo of the interior, this is probably the cleanest Rainier you will ever find. Nothing like the one sitting on your local used car lot.
It should be an interesting vehicle to watch come across the block, since this 2004 Rainier is most definitely for a niche buyer. Surely someone will want to take this one home, though. However, there’s just one catch: the Rainier GNX is sold on bill of sale only, and cannot be legally titled, licensed or driven on public roads as it currently stands. Schucks.