FS: 1987 Buick Turbo Regal 58k miles in BC

jasonlachapelle

To Hold on High
Putting up my TR for sale due to illness in the family. I no longer have time to enjoy it or give it the attention it "deserves." The car is located in the Pacific North-West region, specifically Vancouver Island, BC, Canad1
1987 Buick Regal Turbo. 93,000 original km (58k mi). One of 256 Canadian (metric dash) Turbo Regals.

Dark Red Metallic exterior (special order paint in 1987) with Burgundy interior. Black out (WO2) trim. T-Tops w/ original GM bags. AC, power windows. Remote DS mirror. Manual locks, manual seats, manual PS mirror. OEM fixed mast antenna. Fully carpeted trunk.

I purchased it in 2004 from elderly gentleman at 72,000 km. I've only put 20,000 km in it in 10 years. Garaged all its life. Never winter driven. No rust, mechanically excellent. It easily passed the BC provincial safety inspection when I was posted here last summer. Properly repainted (sanded down to metal, all glass removed) in the original colour in 2008 when my car was vandalized. Something got sprayed on it and it ate away at the stock laquer (police suspect it was kids playing with milk+chlorine.) New weatherstripping following the paint job, and the headliner was replaced in 2013 as the stock one was sagging.

The car has the following modifications:
ATR 304 Stainless Steel dual exhaust
Terry Houston 3" 304 Stainless steel dowpipe
TE45A P-trim turbo with .63 PTE ceramic coated exhaust housing
Mark Jackson Stock location stretched intercooler.
SMC alky injection.
Yank Pro-Yank extreme 3400 stall 9.5" lock-up Torque Converter. Posi Lock-Up Clutch w/Kevlar Linings, 6 bolt mounting lugs , lightweight billet cover.
Trans-go shift kit
Eaton limited-slip differential (car was originally a peg-leg)
50 pph injectors chip from Turbo Tweak. Tuned for 91 Octane.
Bilstein shocks
Boost + knock gauge on A-pillar
K&N air intake
Bosch SBQ46 H4 headlights (stock appearing but much better light output than factory sealed beams). 80/100W bulbs with upgraded lighting harness.
ATR rear swaybar
fuel pump + hotwire

Engine
Erson 208/208 cam (very mild). Replaced when freshening the engine at 89000 km in 2012. Freshened the engine because the lobes on the stock cam were starting to round. All gaskets and wear items replaced at this time.
Fully ported Iron 8445 heads (done by JB.Racing of Montreal):
Valves 1.71`` Int & 1.55" Ex. S/S Swirl Polished (Speed Pro)
Comp Cam 941 Springs, Retainers and Locks
Flows are +/- 210 Intake / 170 Ex. @ .500"
Teflon Seals and will clear over .600" Lift Cams
Bronze Liners
Magnesium Filled EGR Center Ports
Narrowed Rocker Towers to clear any Type Roller Rockers
S/S O-Rings per Combustion Chamber .040" ( .020" in / .020" out )
SCE Head Gaskets .070" Thick.
They were on Joe's 132mph car for 3 years at 30 psi of boost and never leaked.

T&D shaft mount 1.65 rockers
Buick valve covers
Melling true roller timing chain and sprockets.
Upg oil pump
upg lifters
upg pushrods
modified front cover
RJC rear engine brace
All the engine work was done by JB.Racing from this board.

Several recent parts, including new transmission mount, coil springs, spark plugs, plug wires, OEM ignition module, dew sweeps, AC compressor, battery. The car also has the most important mod of all, a console extender.

I have most of the stock parts to go with the car, except for the stock exhaust. The stock muffler had rusted from the inside out from the original owner's short trips and I just upgraded the whole system.

A nice sleeper. I hate to sell it, but have no time to enjoy it due to an illness in the family. Don`t know how quick it is as I have never taken it to the track (you will easily see there is no rubber on or in the rear quarters.) The car has never had drag radials or slicks, just regular street tires. Currently has nice BF Goodrich G-Force Sport.

No trades.

If someone from the USA is interested, I can meet you in Blaine or Bellingham, WA to facilitate the transaction. Although this is an original Canadian car, it would be easy to import to the USA.

Asking $14,000 US.

Feel free to PM me if you want specific photos. I would be more than happy to pick up an interested buyer at CYQQ or CYVR. Local buyers are welcome to have it inspected and take it for a test drive. I can put the car on a lift for any local buyers.
 

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jasonlachapelle

To Hold on High
TTT.
BC plates will lapse on 19 Dec, and then I'll be storing it on jackstands in my garage until spring. More than happy to help out potential buyers with logistics.
 

jasonlachapelle

To Hold on High
Back from deployment. Car is still available.

Willing to help out serious buyers in the PNW by driving it between BC and Portland, OR.
 

jasonlachapelle

To Hold on High
I'm not sure if I'm way off on the asking price, or if folks might put off by the location, the colour/option combo (metric dash) or the mods. This car is completely rust free and runs great. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it anywhere in North America. AC converted to R-134 and blows cold.

That being said, price drop to $16,400 US
 

VIJim

Member
As a fellow Islander I'll give my opinion. I think location scares away anyone south of the border and the terrible Canadian dollar scares anyone up here.
Good luck.
 
Another Islander here ! Love the car , Location for sure is the reason for the lack of interest from our US friends, and our poor economy up here ! Nice Car :)
 

ALBERTAN

Resident Window Licker
Nice car with some nice mods. As someone always looking, I would offer these as the reason the interest hasn't been there, roughly in order of importance, although they all work together.

  1. Location - the island's not the deal breaker. Canada is. Americans can't be bothered to import a car because they generally don't have to in order to get a nice car. That eliminates the majority of the potential buyer's in a hurry.
  2. Burgundy interior - A lot of people just move along as soon as they see it.
  3. Price - I'm not knocking your price because it has a lot of nice mods on it. But that number does seem to be at the higher range I would expect to see. That, coupled with #1 and #2 above, could be a problem.
Good luck with the sale. You have a beautiful TR and it'll be a shame if it leaves Western Canada. Someone's going to get a great car.
 
Great car but I agree with the previous post. Location is killing you for the US buyers such as myself. I also agree on the burgundy interior. Your Price is fair IMO for a relatively low mile car with nice mods. Your car is exactly what I'm in the market for minus the burgundy interior. Good luck with the sale.
 

jasonlachapelle

To Hold on High
  1. Location - the island's not the deal breaker. Canada is. Americans can't be bothered to import a car because they generally don't have to in order to get a nice car. That eliminates the majority of the potential buyer's in a hurry.
  2. Burgundy interior - A lot of people just move along as soon as they see it.
  3. Price - I'm not knocking your price because it has a lot of nice mods on it. But that number does seem to be at the higher range I would expect to see. That, coupled with #1 and #2 above, could be a problem.
Good luck with the sale. You have a beautiful TR and it'll be a shame if it leaves Western Canada. Someone's going to get a great car.

Thanks for the insight. I never would have thought the interior colour could be a deal breaker.

If someone from the US is interested, I can assist by getting you the letter from GM stating that all the recalls have been done. Even though it's super easy, that's basically the most difficult step in importing a car to the US. If someone from Canada is legitimately interested, PM me about the "exchange rate."
 

Rafs-T-Type

Not so Senior Member
I like the burgundy interior about 5x more than gold interior myself. I think it's a good car and fair price. How about some underframe and underhood pics. Best of luck.
 

GNRick

Retired member
I had the same exact color combo and had no problem selling my car at Bowling Green 2 years ago. What color interior would go better with dark red exterior?
 

GBGN1

stroked
I agree nothing wrong with burgundy interior! Lol why would that hurt the sale. Maybe location. But nice car
 

jasonlachapelle

To Hold on High
Well, I did specify "no trades" in the ad, so probably not. However you can PM me on the off chance that it's something I really want.
 

originalowner

New Member
Nice car with some nice mods. As someone always looking, I would offer these as the reason the interest hasn't been there, roughly in order of importance, although they all work together.

  1. Location - the island's not the deal breaker. Canada is. Americans can't be bothered to import a car because they generally don't have to in order to get a nice car. That eliminates the majority of the potential buyer's in a hurry.
  2. Burgundy interior - A lot of people just move along as soon as they see it.
  3. Price - I'm not knocking your price because it has a lot of nice mods on it. But that number does seem to be at the higher range I would expect to see. That, coupled with #1 and #2 above, could be a problem.
Good luck with the sale. You have a beautiful TR and it'll be a shame if it leaves Western Canada. Someone's going to get a great car












I think " ALBERTAN" is 100 % accurate in his assessment.

As a Canadian who was an original owner of a Turbo T I experienced the same thing (from July,2011 until March, 2013) that you are experiencing.
The interesting thing was that in the end I had not 1, but 3 buyers ( one American and 2 Canadians ) who wanted to buy it at the same time and literally all within hours of each other ! ( I sold it to the American guy because he was the first to contact me and meet my asking price even though the other two Canadian guys were willing to pay more than my asking price in order to get me to change my mind.)

I know you are anxious to sell the car after this length of time but if you can hang in there and be patient rest assured it will sell . It's simply too good a car for somebody not to buy and at your asking price. Beware of the "low ballers"
 
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originalowner

New Member
Upon review of what has been done to this car and its condition I have to say that it's certainly the equal to the Turbo T that I sold for $18,500 (U.S. funds). Consequently, the asking price in my opinion makes it a great buy.
 
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