Restored barn finds only come as a pair.
Over three years ago, a pair of ultra-low mileage 1987 Buick Grand Nationals were discovered hidden in a garage under layers of dust in a small Oklahoma town. They had been parked there for over 30 years. The owner clearly knew what he had because he advertised them for sale on Facebook for $200,000. No major restoration was necessary for either, just some major cleaning work. Two friends saw the ad and decided to take a three-hour drive for a closer look.
They were shocked to learn that not only was the cars' mileage just 599 and 840 miles, respectively, but they had been owned by the same family since day one. That family turned out to be the owners of Bill Brown Motors in Shattuck, Oklahoma. Both Grand Nationals had been displayed in the showroom until the dealer shut its doors years ago.
All the more incredible is that the cars, VIN numbers 457991 and 457992 have never been separated, rolling off the Pontiac, Michigan assembly line in sequence in 1987, the Grand National's final production year. No modern-day Buick, like Encore GX or Enclave, are anywhere near as cool.
And soon they'll be up for sale, as a pair. The so-called Buick Grand National "Twinz" are set to cross the stage at Mecum Auction's Kissimmee event next month. Both are powered by a Garrett-turbocharged and intercooled 3.8-liter V6 linked to a three-speed automatic transmission.
Other identical features include 15-inch aluminum wheels wearing Goodyear Eagle GT rubber, black exterior with two-tone black and grey interior, bodyside moldings, blackout grille, six-way power driver's bucket seat, AM/FM/Cassette radio with upgraded Concert Sound speakers, air conditioning, tachometer, and a power antenna. Heck, even the plastic coverings over the floor mats still exist.
Both also have their original factory window stickers still affixed. Since their discovery, these Grand Nationals have been featured in a number of publications, such as Hot Rod and even some international media outlets featured their story. The two friends ultimately determined the seller's $200k asking price was too expensive, but someone else must have struck a deal later on.
Mecum estimates the two cars - which must remain together - will bring in an estimated $175,000 to $225,000. Given their original state, story, and rarity, chances are someone will be more than happy to pony up the cash.