In the mid-late 1980s, Buick somehow persuaded hundreds of people to buy – and then never drive – his most expensive model. Can you imagine someone going down to the Buick dealer and buying a new Enclave Avenir today and then storing it in the garage unused until 2054?
It seems that every time a Grand National goes on sale, it has less than 2,000 miles on the odometer. It is a wild phenomenon that I will never understand.
Still, a couple in Columbus, Ohio back in 1987, when I was just a bouncing baby boy, bought a Buick Regal Grand National. They pushed it into their stick gate and apparently never looked at it again until 2020, when it was sold to a guy from the Big Apple. During the dormant years, the car’s tires lost air pressure, and the family dog jumped on the door and fender nonstop in what appears to have been a decade. It was not started, it was not cleaned, it was not even looked at. Why in the world?
Fortunately, in steps, this story’s superhero, Larry Kosilla from AMMO NYC, tells. The car has been rescued from a lifetime where one sat under a film of dust that was attacked by a dog. The new owner seems to be only a temporary savior for the car by buying it to clean up, get sorted and then sell to someone who will appreciate it. And you know what? It is a commendable role for this person to play. With no space and time to give the GN the attention it needs, at least the car is saved and will be on its way to an eternal home.
As with every AMMO NYC detail video, Kosilla does a tremendous job of bringing this car back to its former splendor. There is something so incredibly soothing about the process of watching someone else clean a car. I wonder why I never even have the patience to perform such a task. I have always been perfectly happy to let my cars get dirty and dirty and worn out. Which is exactly what I would do with this Grand National if it were mine. Run it until it falls apart, rebuild it, and then run it again.
As the incomparable Dr. Alan Grant once said, “T. rex does not want to be fed, he wants to hunt. “And the same goes for an apex predator like the Buick Grand National. This turbocharged V6 monster will not sit for decades with 56 miles on the odometer – it will wind it up and fry some tires. Now for heaven’s sake, let it!