Joe Dirt doesn't always drive a '69 Dodge Charger Daytona.
Finding a Buick Grand National in good condition isn’t too terribly hard nowadays, but this one caught our attention for a few reasons. Up for sale right now on Craigslist Los Angeles is this 1987 Grand National, once owned by Joe Dirt himself, David Spade. This is the very same Grand National Spade brought with him to film an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. However, it was clear from that episode the car needed some cosmetic fixes. It has since had $7,000 invested into its body as well as some engine improvements.
Compared to what the car in the episode and these updated photos, it’s clear that $7k was put to good use. The body looks nearly perfect, as does the overall interior, but there are a few signs of normal wear and tear. Under the hood lies a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 with 245 hp and 355 lb-ft of torque.
Power went directly to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic. This was also the final model year for not just the Grand National, but also the RWD Regal. It’s been FWD ever since. The Grand National was originally a skunk works project GM engineers figured would have, at most, a very limited run. But the car proved to be popular enough for it to last five models years, with various improvements made along the way. It has now gone done as one of the greatest Buicks ever made and certainly one of the best GM models of the 1980s. Spade correctly called his car a "Wolf in sheep’s clothing," expressing fear for taking it out at night because "it looks like a troublemaker car."
He’s right. You can cause all sorts of fun trouble in one, such as this one, which has an asking price of $29,500. Its new owner will also receive a signed photo of the car by David Spade who, like his Joe Dirt character, really does have a thing for American muscle cars. Only this one isn’t in nearly as bad of shape as Dirt’s ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona.