Many of us can attest to watching Fast & Furious 4 with yearning eyes as a 1987 Buick Regal GNX races down the mountain in a botched attempt to steal “liquid gold.” Ironically, a Buick GNX recently sold for (nearly) its weight in gold at last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction: a record $163,000.
Okay, so the weight of a car in gold would be waaaay more, but that is still a large sum of money, and marks a new height in value for 1980’s (domestic) vehicles. Even eclipsing the value of some exotics from the same time frame.
While the 1-of-547 1987 Buick GNX can definitely be considered stealthy eye candy, you can’t overlook the engineering behind its power plant; which is what really separates it from the rest. After being reworked and tuned by McLaren, its turbocharged 3.8 liter V6 was rated at almost 300 horsepower. This is enough to get the GNX from zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds (faster than the Corvette at the time) — still fairly competitive even in today’s market.