Some people prefer modern cars and some others still revel in the old-school style, also known as classic cars. Buick has a stable of both stylish modern vehicles as well as tried and true classics. Some people who have an old soul prefer old cars to new cars. For them, despite the thrills of a new car, there’s a delightful comfort in older vehicles. And with good reason! Old cars are amazing. No matter if you prefer a newer vehicle or something that’s been on the road and in the cultural consciousness for a while, Buick has something for you. They last a long time making them a great investment. Perhaps more importantly to some, they are very enjoyable to drive!
Treasures from the Past
In the 1980s, Buick released the Regal Limited Turbo T. The Regal Limited Turbo T was something of a novelty. Only 1,035 vehicles were created. The engineers of the Buick worked really hard to create the Regal. Despite the fact that many consumers recall the Grand National, they have forgotten this specialty edition of the Turbocharged Regal. It was a modern concept for the time.
Bit more history first! The Grand National was the performance edition of the popular Regal. Buick fans will recall how easily it dominated on the track.
The Regal Limited Turbo T derives its power from the same engine as the more popular and well known Grand National, that is to say, from a 3.8-liter V6 turbo LC2 engine. The interior was decked out in plush velour and while it lacked some modern electronic amenities such as power windows, it did come equipped with an air conditioner.
This same interior styling means the Turbo-T was hiding in plain sight. Most would see it and think it was your regular driver and not understand the power hiding within! This makes the Tubo-T all the more fun and all the more of an incredible discovery!
It was possible to find other vehicles with a turbocharged engine, but the Turbo-T also had an electronic multi-port fuel injection as well as other features that truly put it on the cutting edge of technology. The Turbo-T delivered 245 horsepower and 330 lb-feet of torque. An automatic transmission is the only option for this vehicle.
The turbo-T option, aka the WE4, arrived in 1987. The Turbo-T belongs to the Grand National family and the well-known GNX aka Grand National Experimental. In addition to the lovely interior styling, the wheels, exterior badging, aluminum bumper supports, and aluminum rear drum brakes made the vehicle a standout. Moreover, it was made of aluminum. It made the WE4 Turbo-T have lightweight and go quicker.
In the 1980s, the Buick company created 1547 Turbo-T models, 20,193 Grand Nationals and 547 GNXs. The turbo-T was the lightest one among all Buick cars, however, Buick kept it as a limited edition. It could go fast. You can drive it faster than the Grand National. Nonetheless, you cannot surpass the speed of the mighty GNX.
Unsurprisingly, as it is a Buick, the Limited Turbo gave an incredible interior and exterior look. There are certainly those that felt it was the best car you could buy in the 1980s. For those who are Buick enthusiasts, it’s understandable as this brand is well known for producing quality vehicles with distinctive styling throughout the years.
While the exterior was decked out in the W02 package, one fun quirk of the Limited Turbo was the hood ornament fastened on the front. You could hardly expect to see this on the Grand National, but it gave the Limited Turbo a unique standout appearance.
The Limited Turbo doesn’t have the same imposing appearance as the Buick Grand National and the engine makes it a step above the regular Regal. As such, it sort of hits that sweet spot between the two vehicles. Kind of amazing that Buick allowed fans to mix and match options to create such a great vehicle!
A Good Investment
Are you a collector of old Buick vehicles? Then you’ll be delighted to know that you won’t have to pay as much for a Limited Turbo as you would for the Grand National, as a point, in fact, the vehicle is actually selling for considerably less than the Grand National. What a find! With only one year of production, this could be a sweet collector’s item indeed. You don’t want to delay, though. As more and more people discover this care, they will want to snatch it up and that will undoubtedly drive up the price. As such, it’s an investment to make at this particular point in time.
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