Two Like-New Buick Grand Nationals Are the Barn Find

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 7 months ago '08        #1
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ExNihilo 49 heat pts49
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Two Like-New Buick Grand Nationals Are the Barn Find
 

 
Props to @JayR04 for bringing up GNX's/Regals in his thread:

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Alright, so technically these two sub-1,000 mile 1987 Buick Grand Nationals whiled away the last thirty years in an unassuming (if incredibly dusty) garage. But we think you'll agree that the discovery and rescue of these identical G-Bodies is about as classic a barn find story as they come. William Avila and his friend Shawn Mathews chased a Facebook rumor about a guy selling two time-capsule Grand Nationals all the way to a small town in western Oklahoma and ended up with both the cars and one hell of a story, as told by Avila on Facebook and spotlighted by the folks at GM EFI Magazine.

Avila writes that as a G-Body enthusiast, he came across a Facebook post in a random group about a guy looking to sell two dealer-mileage Grand Nationals for $200,000. That sounds absurd at first, especially to most outside the hardcore GN fan community, but Avila figured it would be worth the trip just to see if these cars were legit and roped his buddy Mathews into taking the three-and-a-half hour drive. When they arrived, the seller took them to an old house and popped open the garage to reveal the "twins," as Avila lovingly refers to them.

And it's not just because they're identical cars with identical options and near-identical mileage—these two sport consecutive VIN numbers, and the window stickers from the same dealer prove they've been together since they left the factory. They were both covered in dust on the outside, and while the owner drove one occasionally, the other was sealed shut and still retained that new car smell when he cracked open the door. Apart from sagging headliners in both and a suspicious stain on one of the back seats, they're practically perfect.

Mathews was the one with the cash on hand, though his offer didn't reach the seller's $200K asking price and the two friends went home without the cars—surely a crushing feeling. Then Mathews pulled his offer, deciding he might want to put his cash into what would have been one hell of a Mustang, and the whole deal appeared destined to fall apart. Avila writes about his fear that the cars would be split up, the historical relationship and significance ruined.

Thankfully, Mathews changed his mind and made a deal with the seller, and he and Avila went to pick up the twins last Friday. After a tense-sounding standoff with the emotional seller over the order of the transaction and a few hours at the bank, the cars were loaded up and driven away to the safety of Mathews' shop.

Once the few minor issues are fixed and everything is refreshed, these beauties will hit the car show circuit together as two of best Grand Nationals in the country. And according to Avila, they'll never be separated.
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39 comments for "Two Like-New Buick Grand Nationals Are the Barn Find"

 7 months ago '13        #2
marietta92 15 heat pts15
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Reminds me of that IROC a couple months ago found in the back of an abandoned trailer, had like 3 miles on it
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 7 months ago '04        #3
JayR04 111 heat pts111
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One of my dream cars.
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 7 months ago '16        #4
Chevygang 19 heat pts19
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Wow who tf leaves two brand new cars in a barn untouched for 30 years lol. Those dudes will make that 200k back easy in car show money though.
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 7 months ago '08        #5
ExNihilo 49 heat pts49 OP
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 Chevygang said:
Wow who tf leaves two brand new cars in a barn untouched for 30 years lol. Those dudes will make that 200k back easy in car show money though.
Dude probably has so much money and so many rides he forgot about em. Buyin 2 of the exact same car is some baller sh!t to begin with
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 7 months ago '10        #6
Flex Luger 254 heat pts254
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Thread got me emotional b
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 7 months ago '04        #7
Grisly 29 heat pts29
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damn thats some crazy sh*t

shows u just how much some people value money and how little others value that sh*t that they can just have 200k sittin in their garage
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 7 months ago '16        #8
DonLimpio 7 heat pts
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New car smell
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 7 months ago '04        #9
bigdog232 2 heat pts
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there's a story here somewhere
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 7 months ago '14        #10
NellyTheGreat 44 heat pts44
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Im glad he didn't split up the twins
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 7 months ago '04        #11
DJ Maximum|M 44 heat pts44
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Probably was hiding it from creditors or stolen

Back then it was easy to get a car then just move they cant trace a car only thing they do is tell the police info. Its probably on a index card in storage somewhere at a police station
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 7 months ago '05        #12
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What's this guy thinking ...car cover those bi*ches .
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 7 months ago '04        #13
BigJay.inc 48 heat pts48
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Damn... I was just talking about Grand Nationals with my wife. I was saying the first kit car I would buy after a huge lump of money would be a GN. I love these cars
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 7 months ago '14        #14
Gotti Pippen 13 heat pts13
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sticker still in the window
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 7 months ago '16        #15
Itsjustmefools 2 heat pts
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 ExNihilo said:
Dude probably has so much money and so many rides he forgot about em. Buyin 2 of the exact same car is some baller sh!t to begin with
Can you fu*king read? He said he always drove of them occasionally but let the other sit.
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 7 months ago '16        #16
Itsjustmefools 2 heat pts
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 DJ Maximum said:
Probably was hiding it from creditors or stolen

Back then it was easy to get a car then just move they cant trace a car only thing they do is tell the police info. Its probably on a index card in storage somewhere at a police station
Read above dumbass
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 7 months ago '06        #17
Reflexx 54 heat pts54
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This is how i feel about 300ZX Twin Turbo.. neeeed
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 7 months ago '04        #18
shadychef04 123 heat pts123
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kept in a barn, covered in dust and a "suspicious stain on the back seat"

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 7 months ago '04        #19
Da_realness 2 heat pts
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I know 2 people with mint condition ones. Hell of a beauty
 7 months ago '13        #20
kingrayden 
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Wait 1987?. Are they grand nationals or GNX's?? Big difference
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