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F/S 1983 Buick Regal Limited


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1983 Buick Regal Limited 4DSD, excellent running, driving, steering and stopping Buick. The light tan exterior is in exceptional shape,save a couple chips to the bumper fillers. The quality of the paint/finish is beautiful. The chrome, though not perfect is very nice and the padded vinyl top is  excellent, showing only very, very minor sun fading. The underside is also in good shape, frame, floores, etc all very nice, not in-land California nice, but nice. The Chocolate brown interior shows a few flaws, the driver's seat has some wear from entry and exit over 40 years, the top of the passenger side dash , near the passenger side defroster has a crack in it. It is hard to see at first, and I find it unobtrusive, but it exists. Last, the back of the driver's seat has a small tear in it, likely struck by  something being pushed into it from the passenger side rear seat area. Everything on this car works as it should EXCEPT the clock and the A/C. The a/c compressor cycles when engaged but, blows only warm/cool air NOT cold air. Sellers always say, "just needs a charge" ! Maybe, but I think we have all lived enough life to realize it is almost always a part, then a charge. 

   This AACA eligible car is "peak Malaise" General Motors . An excellent example of a not super respected era of automobile manufacturing. 

I think it is  an excellent historical preservation car, or with a little interior repair, and some "elbow grease" especially under the hood,  a competitive  AACA car, it currently is superior to most " local" show cars.

The Buick and I are located near Buffalo, NY . I AM ASKING $ 4,500./ possible trade. Now, when most people suggest a trade they often think their car should net them a 57 Chevrolet convertible, AACA champion of course. I have no such delusions. I am thinking, a mid 1920's Model T open car or Model A closed car that although still decent was restored  a long time ago and hasnt  been driven in a decade, or something along those lines. 

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I had just been thinking that the 4-door Regals--

very nicely styled cars--are never seen.  When one

sees 1980's Regals, they are invariably later Grand

Nationals.  Because people focus on "sporty" or

"glamorous" models, there are probably 200 Grand

Nationals, now very common, for every nice Regal sedan.

 

All the best to you in your sale.  Let's hope you find it

a good, caring home.  I'd certainly go up to see it at

a show.

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Thanks Lance and Chris for the kind words ! 

John, I do hope I find the regal a good home, maybe someone who was a child of the 1980's feeling nostalgic , or just someone looking for a nice driver to use every day. 

As John wisely suggests I should clearly state I live near Buffalo, NY and my phone number is 716-861-3979 

 

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This is a perfect entry level car for the hobby

looks in really good shape

give the car a good once over and drive it

some one looking to get into the hobby for not alot of dollars

or as the questionable weather car for someone in the hobby already

anyway you get the idea

these are full frame solid cars and being a "G" body parts are going to be available for a long time

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1 hour ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

I think it would be more likely to have the 307 cubic-inch V8.

I know there was no engine choice larger than the 307.

While you are correct that an Olds 307 was the largest available, what is shown above is the 231 Buick sourced V6.   See how long the fan shroud is?  Dead give away.

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On 7/2/2022 at 11:18 AM, MRJBUICK said:

This is a perfect entry level car for the hobby

looks in really good shape

give the car a good once over and drive it

some one looking to get into the hobby for not alot of dollars

or as the questionable weather car for someone in the hobby already

anyway you get the idea

these are full frame solid cars and being a "G" body parts are going to be available for a long time

Marty,

          You have made a perfect summation of the "target buyer (s) for this car . I had thought of the nostalgic child of the 80's and the "i want an every day driver " guy/gal , the boy I would like to get started in the old car hobby guy/gal, but i had not considered the" I really should take a car to the lions club car show, but boy does it look like rain" buyer-- which is a potentially big market. 

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BJake and all,  this Buick has the 231 V-6, 2BBL carb. Mileage is 126,XXX LOOKS Like 26,000 BUT its 126,000.

I am sorry i forgot to list that. I should have just stuck to the facts in a bullet point fashion.

The car runs and drives great, had it out over the weekend and just very enjoyable. 

 

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1 hour ago, Terry Y said:

Marty,

          You have made a perfect summation of the "target buyer (s) for this car . I had thought of the nostalgic child of the 80's and the "i want an every day driver " guy/gal , the boy I would like to get started in the old car hobby guy/gal, but i had not considered the" I really should take a car to the lions club car show, but boy does it look like rain" buyer-- which is a potentially big market. 

 

Me at age 57 is the target buyer.  My family had a 78 Regal(got my drivers license in this one) and a 83 Regal.  Both great cars.  Both 100K plus miles without issue. The 231 V6 an excellent engine.   If my garage was not stuffed with two Buicks already....sigh......   You'll find a buyer no doubt! 

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Lamar, the regal is beautiful. As for the MPG?, I get in the high teens driving around town. THANK YOU ALL for your advice-- and Lamar, THANK YOU for your contribution to the BUICK aspect of our great hobby, it's VERY appreciated !!!

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On 7/5/2022 at 10:22 AM, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

Make a good daily driver at this price if it is road ready.

 

On 7/2/2022 at 11:18 AM, MRJBUICK said:

This is a perfect entry level car for the hobby

...or as the questionable weather car for someone in the hobby already.

 

I agree that it's a great entry-level hobby car--

or as a hobby car for any seasoned Buick fan!

 

But it needs to be preserved, I feel.  It's already a

model almost never seen any more.  Using it as a

regular car, or as a foul-weather vehicle, will only

degrade it.  Just as station wagons were overlooked

and run into the ground, so have many other models

been ignored and unnoticed, becoming legitimately rare.

 

There are probably 100 Buick Skylarks of 1953-1954

for sale for every 1982-1983 Regal sedan.  Did anyone

notice?  On such a theme, I once wrote an editorial, "When

the Rare Become Common and the Common Rare."

 

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On 7/1/2022 at 4:23 PM, John_S_in_Penna said:

I had just been thinking that the 4-door Regals--

very nicely styled cars--are never seen. 

To give an example of how seldom-seen cars like this are:

 

Yesterday, I did a search of the internet via autotempest.com.

It searches Craig's List and other for-sale sites, but not Facebook.

 

Throughout the entire country, it did not find a single Regal

sedan like this for sale.  The only thing slightly comparable

was a Century sedan of the same vintage, but well weathered.

Yet, there were plenty of Rivieras, Reattas, Roadmaster wagons, etc.

 

"Rare" doesn't mean valuable.  But collectors' focuses can be

so narrow that once-common cars slip away into oblivion.

This car needs a caring home.

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On 10/17/2022 at 3:17 PM, John_S_in_Penna said:

To give an example of how seldom-seen cars like this are:

 

Yesterday, I did a search of the internet via autotempest.com.

It searches Craig's List and other for-sale sites, but not Facebook.

 

Throughout the entire country, it did not find a single Regal

sedan like this for sale.  The only thing slightly comparable

was a Century sedan of the same vintage, but well weathered.

Yet, there were plenty of Rivieras, Reattas, Roadmaster wagons, etc.

 

"Rare" doesn't mean valuable.  But collectors' focuses can be

so narrow that once-common cars slip away into oblivion.

This car needs a caring home.

Assuming it's not sold.

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On 10/17/2022 at 3:17 PM, John_S_in_Penna said:

To give an example of how seldom-seen cars like this are:

 

Yesterday, I did a search of the internet via autotempest.com.

It searches Craig's List and other for-sale sites, but not Facebook.

 

Throughout the entire country, it did not find a single Regal

sedan like this for sale.  The only thing slightly comparable

was a Century sedan of the same vintage, but well weathered.

Yet, there were plenty of Rivieras, Reattas, Roadmaster wagons, etc.

 

"Rare" doesn't mean valuable.  But collectors' focuses can be

so narrow that once-common cars slip away into oblivion.

This car needs a caring home.

John, thanks for the comment ! I do hope to find a good caring home for this Buick. To that end I will soon advertise the Regal more broadly than I have. Also of note, I have repaired the crack in the plastic trim that surrounds the windshield defroster vents, and more importantly and more expensively, replaced the AIR CONDITIONING system. The parts were not terribly expensive, so I did it all, compressor, dryer, expansion valve, condenser and evaporator. It looked like the desiccant bag in the dryer broke and polluted the system.  I could wash the A/C lines with A/C flush perfectly, but I had no faith I could clean the evaporator or the condenser-- so I bought new parts and installed them all. The system throws ice cubes now..........

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37 minutes ago, Terry Y said:

John, thanks for the comment ! I do hope to find a good caring home for this Buick.

To reach the most ardent Buick fans, you should

advertise in the Buick Bugle, the magazine of the

Buick Club of America.  Point out how seldom-seen

a Regal sedan is today, to open some blind eyes.

 

I think that 1982-up Regal sedans are well proportioned

and good looking cars.  

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