Well, for those of you readers that have not had the fortune or the opportunity to drive this months pick for autoFrenzy,net's blast from the Past, let me give u the low down.....
Now, let's just say for instance, Great Aunt Betty and Uncle John had a secret. A secret kept hidden from the rest of the family and now that you're headed home with them, somewhere en-route to Nantucket, there is trouble on the highway.. They both look at each other with a staring glaze. Uncle John then suddenly takes the next off ramp, throwing you, the Icy Hot, the Metamucil and all of the bags to the other side of the car.. They then head into the covering of an automatic car wash somewhere off the side of the road, remove their bifocals and pop a secret compartment under the glove box.. Out comes two bottles of Ensure.. They then open the bottles and both of them take a swig and long story short, Dun, Dun, Dunnn! Aunt Betty and Uncle John turn into two of the fastest diaper slinging, Geritol wielding, butt kickers ever to have ever come out of DC comics. O.k., well in this case, GM.
In 1978 the Buick Regal Turbo was born. During the next few years as a personal G-Bodied coupe, the Regal went from a cruiser to a bruiser, using an already pretty reliable 3.8 liter V6 and adding some industrial strength fire to it.. (Some better rubber didn't hurt it either.) Add the turbo charger and the Buick Regal T-Type was born. Wow, talk about two faces.. I think it's safe to say that not even Buick at that time would have had any idea that this power coupe would soon be leading the charge as the brands unexpected Superhero and the Regal was about to gain new life as an unsuspecting track monster through the use of the new G body, some aerodynamic spoilers, a constantly upgraded suspension and some tweaks, as well as few engine upgrades.
Whats under the cape....?
The power emits from GM's tried and true 3.8 liter V6 engine. It was then reworked, turbocharged, inter-cooler and then all of the exterior colors faded to black..
Was it fast you ask..? Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a 911, and later in late 1985 through 1987, able to leap a Corvette in a single bound, which is probable what eventually lead to its demise along with the change to a front wheel drive platform.
Word was at that time the brass at GM, aka "Old Farts", didn't want a Buick to outpace the world famed Corvette so they shut down the production in 1987.. However, constant tweaks and upgrades of the car by Buick during its nine year run had morphed this Monster into the Buick Regal GNX. "Whoa Nelly!" Fast powerful and comfortable.. I was lucky enough to own one for a period of time in 1996 while living in Washington DC. Unfortunately, someone liked it more than I did, and stole it shortly after I'd gotten home from work one night.. " I'm still looking for you, you bastards.!! "
Walk softly and carry a big stick...
This hero is both powerful and knightly. In a world of other cars that cost many thousands of dollars more, GM did an exceptional job rescuing us from a boring & very bland cruiser by turning this into one of the worlds most wanted bruisers ever. If Buick would have said at that time that they were building a Regal that would give the worlds fastest cars a run for their money, they would have probably been just like me trying to explain my super aunt and uncle to everybody, the laughing stock. Anyway, thanks for saving us Buick, Aunt Betty and Uncle John. The secret is out..!
... And with that being said.. The next time you pass a little old man and a lady driving around in their eighty something Regal, looking seemingly aloof, just stay alert and pay attention, because when traffic stops for an accident, a puppy crossing the street, or the corner store may just be out of orange juice, beware the black G-body making the left turn into the car wash. And if you see the black shadow followed by the letters GNX, look out because when the car stops and you see a little old man and his wife getting out of the BatmoBuick with bifocals, colored tites, and canes drawn ready to open up some whoop-ass, do like we did at Thanksgiving turkeys... Duck and cover..! Great Transformation Buick and long live the Black Knight..!