Junkyard Find: 1992 Buick Regal Gran Sport

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1992 buick regal gran sport

The 1970 Buick Gran Sport 455 was one of the most ridiculously overpowered, tire-frying machines of the Golden Age of Muscle Cars, and GM also slapped GS badging on some fairly muscular — or at least muscular-looking — Wildcats and Rivieras back then. Fast forward a decade or so, and you had W-body (think Lumina) third-gen Buick Regals with Gran Sport option packages.

Here’s one that I shot in Denver while scouting for the All You Can Carry For $59.99 Junkyard Sale last month.

170 Buick V-6 horses driving the front wheels.

The ’92 GS did come with a tachometer, though.

The interior is far superior that the one in the wretched Lumina.

Pretty much the same car as the Daytona 500 winner.

Back in 1988, Québécois octogenarians who wished to feel 50 again could pick up a third-gen Regal coupe. This car came with the 2.8-liter V-6. By the time our Junkyard Find was built, Regal buyers could have the mighty 3.8-liter V-6.

When this generation of Regal was released, Buick’s marketers went for a patriotic approach similar to Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat” ads of the same era, though with less- screamy guitars.

The great American love story belongs to Buick.

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  • Akear Akear on Sep 21, 2015

    Unlike today's GM mid-sized cars the GM-10 sedans actually sold in large numbers.

  • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on Sep 24, 2015

    I know I'm in the minority, but I liked the '95-'96 iteration of this generation best. Buick rounded things a bit and ditched the three-tier radio so it was less weird. I got an off-lease '96 Regal Custom with the 3.1 and liked it enough that I swapped it for a '96 GS with the 3800. The bigger engine made a ton of difference. When I was looking, I had checked out a '95 coupe and the longer doors felt ridiculously heavy when trying to open and close them.

  • Tassos Before you rush to buy this heap of rusty metal, maybe you should wait a day or two.I hear Tim will have an Model T next time.
  • Redapple2 I d just buy one already sorted. Too many high level skills (wiring, paint, body panel fitment et. al.) that i dont have. And I dont fancy working 100 s of hours for $3 /hour.
  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)