With a boosted powerplant and styling that would make Darth Vader do a double-take, the 1987 Buick Regal Grand National is a surefire fan favorite. Now, we’re getting the lowdown on this fully built Buick Regal Grand National restomod pieced together by the folks at the Roadster Shop to throw down an astounding 1,600 horsepower.
Coming to us from the AutotopiaLA YouTube channel, the video is a little on the long side, clocking in at over 40 minutes, and includes specs, a walk around the vehicle, and finally, some driving action on the street.
The video kicks things off with a little background on the car and the Roadster Shop’s approach to the build. While the purists may not like it, the builders decided to yank out the factory six-cylinder in favor of a twin-turbocharged LS V8.
“We paid respect to what the Grand National is,” says Roadster Shop co-owner Jeremy Gerber.
“Visually, it very much looks stock GN, just a little bit cooler,” Gerber adds.
While the lines are definitely recognizable as being a 1987 Buick Regal Grand National, the two-door now rocks a flared stance that helps to accentuate the crazy performance in store. The extra width also helps to swallow the massive new wheels and tires with ease, all without disturbing the classic look.
Lifting the hood, we find a clean install for a Dart 427 LS7 V8, done up in flat, monochromatic paint, complementing the sinister exterior. Wagner Motorsports takes responsibility for the engine build, while a tank of ethanol yields 1,600 horsepower at the crank and about 1,200 horsepower at the rear wheels.
The cabin is also on point, with a subtle six-point roll cage, a hand-wrapped dash, and tons of custom pieces, all done up to resemble the factory look. The center console now houses a lightning rod-style shifter setup, while the custom digital display graphics continues the ‘80s-era theme perfectly.
Check out the full feature video right here: