1987 Buick Regal T-Type Turbo WE4
Faster Than The Grand National
1987 Buick Regal T-Type Turbo WE4
- Rare Turbocharged Buick
- WE4 Package: One of 1,547 Made
- Faster Than the Grand National
- All Original (Original Wheels Included)
- WO2: Blackout Trim
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“... the last hurrah for Buick muscle cars.” Hagerty.com
Hagerty went on to summarize the remarkable—and little known—bit of American muscle-car history that the 1987 Buick Turbo T represents: “In the 1980s, the Buick Regal Grand National captured muscle-car enthusiasts' attention with a quarter-mile time that beat a Camaro, multiple NASCAR wins, and an affordable purchase price. Yet, despite all the buzz the Grand National generated and still enjoys, the often-forgotten turbo-T model was even lighter and faster. …taking a ride in one in (2020) proves these cars are just as good as fans remember.”
“Buick muscle” aficionados already know the very special details that make a Regal T Type the sort of collector car that will cause smiles, raised eyebrows, and admiring stares of approval at the “T” emblems at just about any cars-and-coffee enthusiast gathering. And if any onlooker has difficulty figuring out the model, a simple “It's the Grand National's faster brother” will usually have them more than impressed.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this particular Regal T Type is the care lavished on it by its first owner. Only a fastidious owner who's conscious of how special the car is would retain the factory window sticker (with a handwritten “1,547 made” inscription) and annotated owner's manual with associated documents. (The “WE4” Turbo-T option package is documented on the window sticker.) What's more, accompanying the car is a logbook showing several years worth of dated entries recording routine details like the amount of fuel purchased, the price per-gallon, whether the car was washed, specifics of regular maintenance, and more. The wisdom behind the age-old advice “You're not just buying the car, you're buying the owner” was never more obvious.
The car has traveled just under 89,000 miles, or an average of just 2,700 miles per year further verifying its high level of owner-care.
Outside, the menacing looking black paint and matching trim (part of the W02 “blackout trim package”), together with the black-centered wheels with Buick logos, makes a strong impression. Paint and trim are in excellent condition; the body is free of dents or evidence of damage (as verified by the Carfax report). From the subtle hood bulge up front to the equally subtle rear deck spoiler, there's an “all business” aspect at work here. Virtually no chrome trim is present on the bodywork, with polished lips on the wheels offering the only metallic gloss. (The car's original wheels are included in the sale.) The paintwork is in excellent, unblemished condition across the entire car.
Inside, light-gray takes over from the black exterior color statement. Low-pile crushed-velour upholstery is in place, and it retains remarkably near-new condition that could have only resulted from very careful use over time. The black dash shows no signs of wear or careless use. The Delco AM-FM cassette radio is as-installed at the factory. The black sport steering wheel with its center logo of a single “T” is understated, but effective branding. The console-mounted t-shifter for the automatic transmission stands just to the rear of VDO oil-pressure and engine-water-temperature gauges. Gray carpeting and door trim show the same absence of wear and evidence of careful use seen throughout the car. Not surprisingly, the interior of the car's trunk is literally flawless.
Beneath the “Buick Turbocharged” graphic (with an associated Garrett turbocharger logo) on the underside of the hood, the massive turbocharger and its related air-routing pipes dominate the view of the 3.8-liter V6. The engine compartment is fully detailed, and all components are properly located. Factory data stickers are all in place. Underneath, the car's chassis shows the same level of care and lack of abuse seen throughout the rest of the car. Only surface rust, and only on bare components is present. There is no body rist.
The exceptional condition of this very well cared-for '87 Buick Regal T-Type is faithfully presented in the more than 185 high-definition photographs, together with a short walk-around-and-startup video mentioned earlier, and a link to its accident-free Carfax available at the GarageKeptMotors site. That said, there is no substitute for an in-person, up-close inspection. We encourage such inspections by interested parties at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that an appointment be made by phone or email in advance. Our showroom is not open to the public.
Hagerty quoted one proud Turbo T-Type owner: ““It rides like a Buick, is really responsive with the little 3.8-liter, good on gas mileage, and will blow the doors of most cars.” This is a collectible Buick that more than delivers on every bit of its performance promise. Its outstanding condition will be sure to delight many more cars-and-coffee groups for years to come.