1987 Buick Brochure: Touring Options
A case could be made that the Grand National or GNX should have landed the cover shot for Buick’s performance oriented brochure. Instead, their range-topping Riviera is pictured in a dusky shadow, carving through a corner. Although turbo Regals (and even LeSabres) were available as far back as 1978, as a matter of qualification, the Riviera was the first Buick to wear a T Type badge, in 1981.
As mentioned previously, there is simply no model year indicated. Besides the brand’s name, the cover merely states, “How to buy a hot Buick.” Then, to dispel any secretive notions generated by the unorthodox Grand National, they parenthetically hint that it’s “A simple matter of exercising your options.”
Introduction and TOC: pages 2 and 3
Open up to the first pages and you’re greeted by the one of the handsomest automotive profiles of the period. Personally, I always fancied Oldsmobile’s Delta 88 as the better-looking H-body but in two-door, T Type guise, like below, the Buick looked sinister. Shiny metal was blotted out and a horizontal trunk lid spoiler was attached at the trailing edge, lending a streamlined sense of forward motion.
The text provides a table of contents and an introduction to the line of touring options. I’ve summarized those packages, below.
■ Interior Sport Package upgrades ranged from upholstery to instrumentation but was only available on Skyhawk.
■ Exterior Sport Package upgrades mostly nixed chrome in favor of “businesslike” blackout trim, along with other appearance changes that were model-specific.
■ ‘T’ Package upgrades varied but, in all cases, included Grand Touring suspension, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel (color-keyed to the interior), and improved wheels and tires.
■ Turbo Package upgrades were limited to the Skyhawk and Regal for 1987. There were obvious differences between model-specific engines and options but both received “other power properties that belong with such a spirited engine.”
Called out separately are the Grand National (still no GNX mention), and the T Type versions of LeSabre, Electra and Riviera, all referred to as “total sport packages” that are “designed with the true enthusiast in mind.”
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