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The 10 Best Buick Car Models of the 80s

Best Buick Car Models

Buick is a brand of automobiles that has long been known for its comfort and classiness. While it's not the most expensive or a high-end vehicle, it's one of the most popular choices for those who prefer to ride in comfort and style in a vehicle that is moderately priced. America has had a decades-long love affair with Buick cars. People from every walk of life have enjoyed their comfort and luxury features. The 1980s was a heyday for Buick while many popular models were being purchased. Here are the 10 most remarkable and memorable Buick cars from the 1980s, and you might even recognize some from your own experience with them.

10. 1980 Buick Century Turbo Coupe

1980 Buick Century Turbo Coupe

The 1980 Century Turbo Coupe was first released in September of 1979. It became a popular model that was even more widely embraced in 1980. This model was offered in a 20door fastback coupe body style. It was powered with a V6 engine that cranked 170 horsepower with 265 lb-ft of torque. It could move from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. It offered good fuel economy with a 3-speed automatic powertrain.

9. 1980 Buick Skyhawk Roadhawk

1980 Buick Skyhawk Roadhawk

The 1980 Buick Skyhawk Roadhawk wasn't the fastest or most attractive car, nor was it the highest performing but it was a good car for everyday driving if you needed a little extra room. this was a reasonably successful vehicle with a sportier aesthetic than some of the larger and longer Buicks. It was comfortable and fun to drive, but it didn't have my other outstanding features.

8. 1987 Buick Somerset

1987 Buick Somerset

The 1987 Buick Somerset is a mid-sized vehicle that was considered to be far above average. It was a pleasure and fun to drive in this model that featured a highly polished aesthetic. It was powered with a 3.0-liter V6 engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. It was also available in a 2.5-iter engine with a 5-speed stick shift transmission. This version was durable and made for track racing, off-roading, and sporty driving.

7. 1986 Buick Century Gran Sport

1986 Buick Century Gran Sport

The 1986 Buick Century Gran Sport is one of the more popular models that gathered a cult following of fans. The problem was that there were not enough to go around. There were only 1,500 of them ever made. Today this is a very rare vehicle that is hard to find. If you do, it's likely to be expensive.

6. 1991 Buick Reatta

1991 Buick Reatta

The Reatta is another Buick that found an audience with the American public upon its release. The 1991 edition featured a front-engine design with a front-wheel drive. It was powered by a 12-valve V6 engine that generated 171 horsepower and 220 lb. ft. of torque. It was a fun car to drive and comfortable for both drivers and passengers.

5. 1980 Buick LeSabre

1980 Buick LeSabre

The 1980 Buick LeSabre Limited was a luxury vehicle that offered exceptional performance and handling. It came equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and a luxury interior that provided full-sized sedan comfort for drivers and passengers. This was a -door sedan that was a popular choice for families.

4. 1987 Skyhawk Sport Hatch

1987 Skyhawk Sport Hatch

The 1987 Skyhawk Sport Hatch offered a convenient way to access the back trunk space. It wasn't a powerful car but it was fuel-efficient and easy on the budget. This was one of the most affordable Buicks offered at that time. This is the Buick that mot appealed to single career people and young couples who led active lifestyles and were looking for a compact that was affordable to drive. This is what makes the Skyhawk Sport Hatch one of the more memorable models from the 1980s era.

3. 1981 Century Sport Wagon

1981 Century Sport Wagon

The Buick Century Sport Wagon was a popular family vehicle during the 1980s. The 5-door wagon body type was convenient for larger families. It was powered with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that generated plenty of power to move it down the road. It became popular for everyday use and was among the most comfortable vehicles for taking long road trips. Although the fuel economy wasn't one of the better features of the wagon it offered the room and spaciousness that larger families required.

2. 1987 Buick Regal GNX

1987 Buick Regal GNX

The 1987 Buick Regal GNX, was a special production model that was also known as the Grand national. The first edition was produced in 1982. Within five years it had undergone a few updates. The vehicle was not mass-produced with very few of them built featuring a turbocharged V6 powertrain. This model was released as a road car with eventual updates to an SFI 3.8 turbo engine that generated 200 horsepower and 300 lb. ft. of torque with a choice of transmissions. This vehicle had plenty of power for fast acceleration and passing power when needed. An odd fact about the 1987 Regal GNX is that there was never a manual produced for this version.

1. 1987 Buick Park Avenue

1987 Buick Park Avenue

Park Avenue was a very nice luxury car that was viewed by many as being at the top end of the Buick lineup for 1987. The car was powered with a 3.8-liter engine that offered plenty of power with exceptional acceleration and handling. although some models had issues with sensors, it was a fun and comfortable car to own. As Buick Park Avenue aged, the wear and tear started to become apparent with many of the used models needing replacement of minor parts and accessories. Still, this was one of the most beloved models Buick produced for 1987 because of its interior luxury and attractive exterior.

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Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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