Regal: pages 12 and 13

While Century was amongst Buick’s oldest models, excluding their B-body wagons, the Regal handily garnered that title. This model had undergone a substantial update for 1981 but had originally been introduced for 1978.

1987 Buick (Hot Buicks) brochure - 12-13

Although the Skyhawk had an equally impressive four touring option packages, Regal’s were of a different caliber and no doubt rattled some cages and stepped on toes. These included the ‘T’Package (option code Y56), Exterior Sport Package (option code WO2), Turbo Package (option code LC2), and Regal Grand National (option code WE2). This is where the GNX’s omission stood out; I haven’t seen any indication of it in factory literature.

The ‘T’ Package provided essentially the same equipment as previous models, however, the wheels and tires were larger; P215/65R15 Eagle GTs on 15″x6″ aluminum wheels. As with Century, the Exterior Sport Package was limited to blacking-out trim, and not available with Light Sage (code 43) paint.

1987 Buick (Hot Buicks) brochure - 12-13

As you can see, also like the Century, the Exterior Sport Package could be ordered on the Regal Limited resulting in an odd combination of sportiness and formality. Like wearing shorts and a t-shirt with dressy footwear and sock supporters… maybe not that far. But the Limited could be ordered with just the ‘T’ Package, less conspicuous and actually functional.
1987 Buick (Hot Buicks) brochure - Turbo Package

Shy of the Grand National, the best combination would have been the former two packages in addition to the Turbo Package (‘T’ Package was mandatory), with its intercooled turbo 3.8-liter engine that produced (a reportedly underrated) 245 hp. Along with that came a 3.42 axle ratio and a “turbo hood” with emblems.

Inside, the instrument cluster was supplemented with an LED tachometer, boost gauge and trip odometer, in addition to “special acoustical insulation.”

1987 Buick (Hot Buicks) brochure - 12-13

Then there was the Grand National, of course. Coming in “all black and nearly devoid of chrome,” it was heralded as the simple way to get all the performance characteristics you want. Plus, its Grand Touring suspension was extra firm and it came with two-tone black and gray front bucket seats.

Other equipment called out as “special” included the automatic transmission with overdrive, fast-ratio power steering, air conditioning, chrome-plated steel wheels, a deck lid spoiler and “full-length operating console.”


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