WHY IT’S RAD!
It’s turbocharged, it’s American luxury, and it’s RAD. The 1987 Buick Regal Turbo-T was the brother of the legendary Grand National, but in a leisure suit instead of a tuxedo. Mechanically, it’s the same as the all-black-only GN, sporting a 245 horsepower 3.8L SFI Turbo V6 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Although this auto was the only option, it worked well by keeping the turbo spooling between gears.
The Regal Turbo-T’s were trendsetters and one of the quickest cars of the 1980’s. While Japanese and European manufacturers had been using turbochargers to make power for years, American companies typically shied away from the practice. With emissions still continuing to keep horsepower down, Buick opted for forced induction rather than displacement. This produced what is now an extremely capable horsepower platform, while remaining a comfortable cruiser. But don’t get it wrong, even stock, the 3400lb Buick flagship will scream after you hit boost at 2,000 rpm.
This 3-owner example was delivered new to Valley Pontiac-Buick-GMC in Auburn, Washington and sports an impressive 25,386 original miles, making it not only rare but in a condition that isn’t often seen. The seller added this Buick to their large collection in 2019 where it’s kept in a climate controlled warehouse and driven sparingly. The vehicle is said to run and drive very well as the low mileage would indicate. The engine idles smoothly and has great power under wide open throttle. The transmission shifts well but a slight ATF leak is reported under the car. Performance is impressive and this Turbo-T drives straight and true without vibration or pulling.
Finished in an attractive factory two-tone grey paint over grey cloth, it’s believed to be largely original and unrestored. The lacquer paint shows light swirls with a few small areas of touch up on the trunk and passenger door. The factory 15” aluminum wheels are wrapped in newer Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires. Some cars left the factory with aluminum bumper supports instead of steel, which this car has, saving further weight over the steel wheeled and mostly steel bumper-supported Grand Nationals. Aftermarket window tint is present and the seller reports a vertical scratch on the driver's side window.
The interior is in equally well preserved and impressive condition with the leather wrapped steering wheel, grey cloth seats, carpet, door panels, dash and headliner all looking excellent in photos. The headliner and the sun visors were refinished by the current seller. All options and indicator lights are said to work well as does the HVAC, with cold A/C. The original Delco cassette stereo and graphic equalizer is complemented by the digital dash, as both are a perfect reminder of the RADwood Era. Turbo and “T” badges are seen throughout including a prominent hood pad placement.
Modifications include a high performance Kenne Bell intake, chip and an exhaust cut-out welded to the downpipe- completed during previous ownership. Recent service includes replacement of valve cover gaskets, axle shaft oil seals, brake fluid flush and brake accumulator ball. The brakes have been serviced with pads and shoes replaced and an oil service was just completed as well.
The Buick Regal Turbo-T includes some records, the original window sticker and a clean Texas title.
Kenne Bell intake and chip
3.8L SFI Turbo V6
4-speed automatic transmission
15" aluminum wheels
Aluminum bumper supports
Leather wrapped steering wheel
Factory Delco stereo with graphic equalizer
Excellent preserved condition throughout
Factory paint shows some minor swirls
Runs and drives very well
Minor seeping from transmssion
Valve cover gaskets replaced
Brake fluid flush and brake accumulator ball replaced
Recent front and rear brake jobs and oil serivce
Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires