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Positive Identification of a 1982 Grand National
I have received many e-mails from people who have sighted, recently purchased, or are considering purchasing what they believe to be a 1982 GN. There is a lot of confusion about what a 82 GN is. If you are uncertain about a particular car, the following should help.
It is easier to prove a car is not an 82 GN than it is to prove a car is an 82 GN. The Grand National was an option package, not a model, and therefore does not have a special VIN number. Buick did not keep records of which cars were GN's. (This is why the REGISTRY is so important.)
Also, most 1982 Turbo Regals are not Grand National and most 1982 Grand Nationals are not Turbo Regals. A few, however, were both.
The only way to be 100% sure is to know the cars history and have documentation (the more the better). A window sticker will show VIN, body number and the Grand National package option. Build sheets will list the body number and Grand National option. Also, many cars history can be traced back to new through the 1982 Grand National Registry. If you do not have this documentation, follow this guide:
FIRST, IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS:
Time may have taken it's toll. A 1982 GN may look quite a bit different than when new. Repainting, restoration, aftermarket accessories, accidents, and theft recovery may all help disguise the original appearance. OR maybe someone has simulated the appearance of the "Grand National" package on other car. Since looks can be deceiving, check that the car has the following.
ALL 1982 GRAND NATIONALS MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING - These will not change with time:
ALL 1982 GRAND NATIONALS SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING - These are very unlikely to change with time:
MOST 1982 GRAND NATIONALS SHOULD ALSO HAVE THE FOLLOWING - These possibly have changed with time:
By this point, hopefully you are confident wheather the car in question is or is not an '82 GN. If you are still uncertain, please send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns. The more information the better. If you have found an '82 GN, please let me know for the REGISTRY.
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