There is something about phantom builds that is too cool. When done right, you stand there looking at the car that the company should have built themselves…like this 1983 Buick Regal, you wonder why GM didn’t actually go through with this design, or why this idea never occurred from the factory. Look at the way this wagon was put together…the Grand National monochromatic look also works with the previous Buick “hot car” idea, the Turbo Coupe, at least in the orange/black combination. The Vector-style wheels were GN units, so they look right and under the hood, you’d be happy with a turbocharged, intercooled 3.8L V6 powered unit, wouldn’t you?
Of course you would, but if you look under the taillights, you will notice the twin sound cannons pointing straight back. You want a reason to really want this car? How about a Buick 455 under the hood of the orange G-body wagon? It’s paired off to a TH400 automatic, a 3.23 equipped 8.5-inch rear axle, and suspension parts that include Hotchkis springs and upgraded sway bars. You’ll have air, cruise, power just about everything, and you’ll have more power than any G-body was ever meant to have, period.
Mecum’s Indy auction is about a month out and it’s already shaping up to be a monster of a sale. What’s the likelihood that a strange orange wagon is going to make noise in the sales department when the roster includes two LS6 Chevelles and two Boss 429 Mustangs?