05-04-2022 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 05-04-2022 -


A possible record may be set if this dealer in New Jersey, a personal friend of my son, gets the price they are seeking. The plastic is still on the seats and the floor. The plastic is also on the steering wheel. Window sticker is still on the passenger door window. Their ad says This GNX is for sale for a 6 digit price with the first number starting with a 3. We will verify if a sale happens before this Inner Circle goes to print. It makes one think, will a real GNX in say 5-10 years in similar condition hit the 7 digit figure?


We have been writing about the importance of gathering any original documents, receipts, paperwork from the seller whenever you buy a collector car and even a basic used car. Here is the next installment on original documents. In my collection of window stickers and similar documents I did discover two very unusual documents which I show below as Photo 1.

PHOTO 1 - The document to the left is an original notarized death certificate I got with one of the cars I purchased many years ago. If a seller has died you have to get an original death certificate to go with the title. It can not be a copy. Ironically this person lived in the same town my wife and I grew up in Huntingdon Valley, PA.

The other document is an actual customer purchase order for a 1987 Turbo Regal. It is from a dealer in Hawaii! I have no idea how I got it. This original 1987 Buick Turbo customer purchase order from 4/30/87 is quite unusual for two reasons. Although no state is listed, the name of the company is printed on the purchase order and the zip code of the buyer is filled in. It shows a 96825 zip code. I just assumed it was the west coast. I was wrong. What caught my eye and may not be visible since it's printed so small on the very top line above the company name is the astounding statement “Established 1893”. The name is Schuman Carriage Company, LTD. This seemed very unusual to me. Turns out this was originally founded as a wagon company in 1893 in Hawaii. Later they sold Fords then switched to GM products (Buick for one) and closed its doors in 2004 at their location. That translates into around 111 years in business! That has to be a record for an automotive US car company. An amazing accomplishment to make the switch over from horse drawn carriages to cars. They have moved on and now operate an airplane and helicopter business in Hawaii although not at the same location they did for the first 111 years! However, they did retain one of their original carriages which is on display at their new location! I have no idea how I obtained this original Schuman customer purchase order. It may have been with one of the 330 Turbo Regals I sold over the years? Be interesting if you reside in Hawaii and have memories of this iconic Schuman Carriage Company! These two documents are probably the rarest two automotive related documents I have in my personal collection. I think without a doubt Schuman Carriage Company may hold the record for longest automotive dealership! I remember years ago that is how Studebaker started out making carriages before switching to cars.


For me personally it is seeing this burst of purple ground covering flowers that magically appear every Spring. Purple was my Mom’s favorite color. In the middle of this bed of purple ground covering flowers I have a bench and attached to the bench is a brass sign that my Dad had that reads “ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR OR MEET HIM AS YOUR JUDGE'' 11 Thessalionains 2:10-12. To the one side of this burst of purple Spring flowers I have placed a small Angel holding a bowl. In recent years every time I find a dime I put it in this bowl. It’s amazing how many dimes I randomly find. The bowl is now overflowing. It's a reminder of the story of the dime my Dad would always tell us five kids at Christmas. His Mom would always send him and his brother a dime at Christmas. They both went to Girard College in Philadelphia during the depression. Back then my dad would go to the movies which cost a dime back then.


Along with Spring it sometimes opens up opportunities to see a “Barn Find” as they are usually referred to. A more precise phase would be a neglected find. Besides they are not only found in barns, but can sometimes be spotted stashed in a garage. Plus, in 99% of the time they are badly neglected depending on how long they were left in this state. Few weeks back on a road I travel frequently, a gentleman had just put out on his lawn for sale one of the rare Hemi powered Dodge Magnums. Within 2 hours I made a deal to buy it the next day for Castle Motors. I have bought 11 cars this year thus far for Castle Motors. Between dealing with used car dealers and private parties it can be challenging!

A few houses up from this house is another house with a small driveway that usually has so many cars parked that they use half the front lawn to park them. One car has had a car cover on it probably 5 years or longer. I can’t recall ever seeing this car uncovered. It appears to be an El Camino judging from the shape of the car cover and the wheels. This particular warm day the garage door was open. I stopped because I spotted what appeared to be a 1970s Corvette squeezed into the one corner of this oversized single garage bay. It appeared that this Corvette was being used as a shelf for various throw away items. In talking to the one kid he said it is his Moms Corvette. He said it is not for sale nor is the El Camino that also has seen better days. I figured his Mom must be trying to keep both cars to remember an earlier time when she enjoyed both the early 1970s Corvette and the later El Camino are too sentimental to sell. It was obvious the Corvette had not seen the road or even sunlight for a very long time.

I remember about 20 years ago in a nearby town they had trash pick up on a certain day and I discovered in certain neighborhoods people would neatly buddle up their newspaper for the trash pick up. I would drive down some of those streets and take the neatly bundled newspapers as I needed it for packing and shipping material. I remember this one house that was probably 75 years old or older needing repair had a 2 bay garage and the one garage door was partially off the track so it was always 1/3 open. I could see the back end of a stingray Corvette (1963-1967 vintage). I could tell it had been there for many years as huge weeds were growing up in the various cracks in the driveway. The Stingray had flat tires. I could tell it was a coupe and probably a 1964 thru 1967 version. Having passed there several years later that “barn find'' is gone. Many long time readers will recall the 5 barn finds (neglected cars) that I sold for one local owner. The first of which was a 1987 Grand National. Another one was a Pontiac Firehawk that still had the window sticker on the door glass. Each found a new home through our efforts.

PHOTO 2- The top left photo shows the spread of this purple flower across the front of our pole building. The top right photo shows a close up of this powerful Bible Verse on this brass plaque. The bottom left photo shows a close up of the Angel in the same flower bed with a stash of dimes. The bottom right photo shows this badly neglected late 1970s? Corvette squeezed into a corner of this oversized single bay garage.


PHOTO 3 -. The top left shows 2 nearly mint radios one has a cassette feature the other doesn't. Also a metal license plate frame with the quote “We Brake For Mustangs”. Also a mint original corect Made in England radiator cap. The top right photo shows Two refurbished gray 3rd brake lites, one reproduction blue hrn ring and one original burgundy horn center with T emblem and horn contact lead wire. The bottom left photo shows a very nice pair of origin driver quality tai lite lenses. The bottom rite photo shows 3 Limited door panel courtesy lites. Also two refurbished 3rd brake light 2 shells minus the base shell and lite socket. Also in the photo is a set of all 4 original plug wire ends for the stock radio.

PHOTO 4 - The top left photo shows a pair of the gray bucket seat plastic side panels, a pair of the seat belt triggers, and the metal pipe set for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. The top rite photo shows a good inlet pipe, pair of nenr front bucket seat belts, a under hood lite, dual window switch and used 1986-1987 TOS sensor. The bottom left photo shows a pair of factory gray seat belt guides, 4 metal washers to repair rust holes, and the 2 hoses for the powermaster unit. The bottom right photo shows a nice pair of used quarter glass windows with no busted studs and all the gooey stuff has been removed.

All the items featured in Photo 3 and Photo 4 can be seen in the Rare Parts section for sale!


One long time customer who sold his Turbo Regal way back in 2008 says he continues to enjoy my weekly Inner Circle. Another customer who purchased the rear seat brace kit and the front brace set and plans to buy the front connecting brace shortly. He says it made a day and night difference in the way his car handles. He owns a 1984 Regal race car. He always recommends our parts. There is no question that these braces work because we have sold several thousand of them over the years. The front connecting set under the front end was actually a GM part that came on the Monte Carlo models. We used to buy them until we exhausted GMs supply of them. We then had them duplicated exactly and produced in the USA!. We expect to have these in stock in the next two weeks. Stiffen the Turbo Regal up and it brings back that new car ride. We also recommend installing the 4 or 6 lower body bushings that for whatever reason Buick did not install. Or, better yet, buy the complete new 22 piece kit which includes the special GNX upper bushing. We also had the special grade 8 bolts in a kit as it requires two different size bolts to do the job properly. All this will make a world of difference in your 30 plus year old ride.


In each case email me specifically which car perks your interest. We give the car model, location and price on each of the ones we now are working with the sellers. Each case there is some wiggle room as we realize in most cases you got transport costs involved. Remember we are hooked up with a broker that can get you a good price for an enclosed or open transport.

Here is the current listing in no particular order.

1986 GRAND NATIONAL T-TOPS - , Oklahoma area well optioned example A very nice repaint. Owned by a customer of ours. Asking price $37,900.

2003 MERCURY MARAUDER BLACK - 32,000 miles again Oklahoma area same owner as the above 1986 Grand National. Has the special jacket all original. Extremely nice and rare. Asking price $26,900.

1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP -. One of my old cars now resides in Florida. This car is absolutely 99% stock. Has the GNX style dash which was installed prior to me buying it years ago. The original dash is with the car as well. Same owner since I sold it. (Retired to Florida). Multiple show winner at car shows with trophies to prove it. Asking price $67,900. Note: This past week I believe a 79,000 mile GN went through the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction sold for more than that! Actual miles 15,000. Driven less than 1,000 miles since it was purchased from me many years ago!

1987 TURBO-T LIMITED HARDTOP - chestnut brown. Car resides and always has in California so no exposure to issues with rust, Same owner since 1995. Actual miles 129,000. Asking price is $28,900. This is a great buy!

1987 GRAND NATIONAL HARDTOP - . Car resides in Michigan being sold by the owner's sister as the owner passed away suddenly. He was a top notch mechanic. Actual Miles 58,666. Highly modified many many upgrades including TA 49 Turbo. She has receipts from my company for over two grand. Car has a high dollar repaint. Asking price is $52,900. (See initial writeup and photo 1 for more details.

1968 OLDS 442 W30 package. Car resides in Michigan again purchased by her brother who passed away unexpectedly. Owned since the early 1980s purchased from the original owner when it had just 3,000 actual miles. A super rare car. The asking price is $80,000.

1986 LESABRE GRAND NATIONAL - Car resides in Virginia. Same family since new. All original with 168,000 actual miles. One of just 112 or 117 built by Buick. The start of the front wheel drive for the LeSabre model. Asking price is $11,900.

1987 TURBO-T - Hardtop race car street driven, no trunk ID label, bolt in roll cage. $14,900 Kentucky location.

TRAILBLAZER SS - Black, highly modified streetable. The same Kentucky owner as the above listed 1987 Turbo-T.

Again we can provide more information and photos on any of the above. My email is [email protected]


By exceptional the term I refer to these exceptional cars is “Kirban Quality”. We all have searched for a good used car usually done in a hurry because your current car died. Fortunately, because I have several cars I can take my time and seek out the outstanding examples. Miles is never a major concern if the owner has a stash of records, garaged the car etc and so on.


Especially concerning the Turbo Regals. The ones we represent in 99% of the cases are long time customers of ours. In most cases we are the only company advertising the cars for the seller. These are not cars that have been seen by other potential buyers and they turned down as not being worthy. In other words you're getting first shot at buying what we believe is the best example for the price we are asking. We are not selling perfection especially in the case of Turbo Regals that are now over 30 plus years old! But rather the best investment for the money. Each case we do allow some wiggle room on the price as we realize in most cases transporting and taxes is a necessary expense.

We have great success with JJ Best on financing and also deal with a transport broker that is a customer of ours and owns a Grand National. He can get enclosed or open transports in a very quick turn around and a price that in many cases would be hard to beat. What I am saying is we cover all the angles for both the seller and the potential buyer. I know personally I would not want to travel several hundred miles to look at acar that maybe 6 other potential buyers looked at and did not buy for various reasons. I got a lot of experience at not only buying Turbo Regals but other unique performance cars and even regular cars. It’s something I enjoy doing.


Normally we don’t get them rebuilt until we have one sold then we send the core to Limit to rebuild. In this case we have one on the shelf ready to sell already rebuilt. The price is $895.95 which includes a $150 refundable core charge. Part #6848. Contact the office to make sure we have it still in stock!


When the time comes you need to down size or you want to strike while the value is high we have a good success rate at finding buyers. Especially now with Spring and Summer fast approaching. We handle the advertising and answering the questions and weeding out the tire kickers. We never give out the exact location of your car. You decide on the price after any bargaining is done. The money goes directly from the buyer to your bank account. I have a flat commission based on the price span. This format has worked out very well for me for both the buyer and the seller. The buyer has more confidence about the car. The seller is not bothered with phone calls or emails. Most potential buyers know who I am. So whenever the time comes you want to sell your car, email me the particulars. I can explain the process to you which also allows you to sell the car as well. My email is [email protected] I can also help you determine the price. I can also take in a trade and pay you the seller the difference. I have worked with JJ Best in the past which is quite generous in granting loans. So you have plenty of options. We have sold 3 of the Grand Nationals in the last 6 weeks! For a total of over $135,000. All 3 sellers will gladly give me a good review. We also work with a broker that can handle transport both open and enclosed. This transport broker is a customer of ours and owns personally a 9,000 mile Grand National! He just had the last 3 cars I sold transported to their new homes! The car needs not be a Turbo Regal.


Whether you need an open transport or enclosed transport we highly recommend Sal Hamed. Sal is a broker with a number of transporters and can get you the best price. He knows what you expect as he personally owns a 9,000 mile original Grand National and is a customer of ours. You must use my name when contacting him to get a special price. His email is [email protected] We highly recommend his services!


Due to the many issues concerning shipping to Canada and the problems that arise when we back order something which costs us more money and also you the customer due to customs we have a new system effective immediately. You must call our office with your order. We will determine what is in stock and put aside for your order. You would only pay for what we have in stock at that point in time. You in turn have to arrange the shipping either with USPS, UPS, or with Fed EX from our Chicago location. Larger items would still be shipped from our PA location. This is effective immediately.


We acquired several plastic bins packed with used 1984-1987 Turbo Regal interior plastic trim parts. Almost every imaginable plastic interior part including ECM covers, T-Top moldings, seat trim, a-pillar moldings in various colors, including door panel armrests, and pull straps. I also have a wide variety of used black outside trim molding around the windshield and back glass and some used exterior Limited stainless moldings etc. We also have some exterior parts, core support, Turbo Regal hood, powder coated transmission mount, driveshaft, complete tilt steering column, 4 of the 1984-1985 Grand National wheels to name some of the bigger items we have. We will not ship. You must come to our location to buy them. We may ship the wheels.


If you know of any Turbo Buick event for this coming show season send me all the info on it so I can alert our members. Email is [email protected]


The dates are May 11th thru the 14th 2022. Beech Bend Raceway, in Bowling Green, KY. Facebook BuickGS Nationals. Instagram BuickGSNationals.


Outside of the GS Nationals the second biggest gathering of Turbo Regals is the Bates show in California run by Mike Bernard, owner of Spoolfool. The date is June 5th 2022. For more info go to http://www.buicksatbates.com/


The dates are June 24th and 25th at Carlisle Fairgrounds. Open to all GM cars. I am sure there will be a special section for the Turbo Regals. Watch for updates as I may be a speaker at this event. I will be there regardless. I will be accepting cores and any parts you want to sell.


The dates are July 22nd thru the 24th 2022 at Beaver Springs Dragway located at 109 Race Track Lane, Beaver Springs, PA 17812. Friday Gates open at 9 am. Saturday gates open at 8 am. Racing and Car show. Sunday Gamblers race day open to all makes with extra money going to any Buick inthe final 4! For more info contact John Jr 914-469-8617 or John Sr at 914-447-6068.


If you have an idea or tip or a product idea, send it to my email [email protected]

Here is a tip I have used in the past for masking off decals, the yellow wording on brake bowls, and repainting the black on the 1986-1987 Grand National wheels. Both can be a problem to mask off properly so what I do is dip my finger in lithium grease and carefully spread it around the area I don’t want any overspray to get it. It's not a perfect solution, but it comes pretty close!


If you are returning any cores for a Letter of Credit or cores that we charged you for, it is important that you send them to the address below. Please make sure you put a note in the box with your information.


For all other returns such as a part you purchased that is incorrect or defective you must call Christina and get a RA number. She will determine if it goes to our main warehouse in Kintnersville, PA or our distribution center.


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

STEERING WHEEL CORES. Currently we need good 1986-1987 Turbo Regal steering cores. They must be straight and not have rusted spokes. We will issue a Letter of Credit of $100 for each acceptable core. You must email me [email protected] a photo first to make sure the steering wheel is acceptable.

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, we are accepting powermaster brake units. We give a $150 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core. Or, we will pay $125 cash for each powermaster core. To avoid having your core not accepted, you MUST first email me a photo of the core you plan to send in - [email protected] - We will NOT accept any cores that have severe rust issues or have been disassembled. Core must have the brake switch and brake bowl reservoir. Too many of the cores we have been getting are in such terrible shape they are worthless to us.

TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $150 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core. We need cores now. Or we will pay $135 cash for each complete stock turbo core.

BRAKE PEDALS we issue a letter of credit for $50 for each powermaster brake pedal or we will pay $40 cash for each pedal.

MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS we need original non cracked 1986-1987 Turbo Regal mass air sensors. We issue a $40 letter of credit for each unit. They are a gamble for us as some of these can’t be rebuilt.

If you ship to us, the post office is the cheapest method. Pack the item(s) with a note with your name, address and phone number.

UPS or MAIL - Ship to Address –


We accept Classified Ads in our weekly Inner Circle emails. Over the years several customers have asked about placing an ad in our weekly Inner Circle.

Here are the options and the costs.

Ads can be from any individual or company. It needs to be automotive related, meaning it does not need to be specifically Turbo Regal related. It can be for something for sale or something wanted.

Maximum number of words is 125 words, which is about 7 to 9 lines of copy. No photos. You can list a website. We recommend you state your name, phone number or email, a price, and your location in your ad.

The cost for an ad for 2 consecutive weeks is $25. The cost for 4 consecutive weeks is $40. You save $10 with the 4-week plan. No changes can be made to your existing running ad. You can only run one ad at any given time. We will have a code system at the end of your ad, so we will know what week number your ad is to run 2 or 4 weeks.

It can be an ad for something for sale or an ad for something you are looking for.
We have never missed a single week since we started the Inner Circle email format in 2009. It’s something I enjoy doing and I just always seem to have enough material to write about.

Our weekly Inner Circle now reaches over 3,500 members every Wednesday direct to their inbox. The Inner Circle also appears every Wednesday on our website with the related photos. Your ad would be visible to both groups of readers. So, the exposure to your ad is well over 3,500 potential buyers.

Ads submitted by the previous Sunday would appear the following Wednesday in the weekly Inner Circle. Ads and payment (paypal) must be submitted by email to - [email protected]


If you are not able to see the Buick Rare Parts section at the end of this Inner Circle, it is because you are not an actual Inner Circle member, but instead are reading this on the website. You must subscribe to see the Rare Parts section each week. It would go directly to your inbox every Wednesday at 3 pm eastern time. It is FREE, probably one reason why nobody complains about what I write about. To subscribe simply email – [email protected] - to get our free weekly Wednesday Inner Circle email. This allows everyone to have the same opportunity on the parts we list each week. We currently have over 3,600 members.


NOTE - If you email us and do NOT get a timely reply, be sure to check your “SPAM” folder. Some emails do not go through.

If you need to email us, use - [email protected]


If you need technical information, it’s best to email - [email protected] - rather than call us. We will do our best to answer any technical questions within 24 hours. Please remember I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine.


DEEP SUMP OIL PAN AND GASKET Part number #7983 and #7984 on our website. A sure way to eliminate oil leaks from the stock oil pan besides providing a deeper pan. This is a high quality part.


Part #8020. Price is $219.95 and $25 shipping to the basic 48 states. The sale ends March 31st 2022. Our part number is #8020 on our website. This sign was just made recently by a company that is licensed by most of the major US car companies. It measures 12 inches high by 334 inches long and weighs 9 lbs. This sign is something that would have hung in a dealer showroom….it is that nice. The picture on our website doesn't do the sign justice. This sign has been a huge seller for us. Quality is amazing. Watch for more similar signs later this Spring.


Part #7982 can be found on our website. It is the same format as our popular 2 ½ Pypes dual exhaust system. It can be found on our website.


Part #7981 can be found on our website. These are currently in stock. These poly mounts are designed to benefit the everyday driver as well as the full time racer.


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - [email protected]


Got any Turbo Buick parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. We also may buy your new or used parts. Simply email me a list - [email protected]

Also, we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.


We have heard from a couple people that have had problems with the links in our Inner Circle.

When we check the links, they work fine. However, if you are not able to be directed to the exact website page or internet site, you can "copy" and "paste" the link into the URL in your browser (such as Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) If it doesn't link in one browser, it may work in another.

Most people having problems are using Internet Explorer. If you are having issues with links, try another browser to see if it works.

You may need to "UPDATE" your browser to be used if you are using the current version.


We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these must be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - [email protected]


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me directly - [email protected] - and I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again.
Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or may not remember who requested the item.


Remember, the weekly Inner Circle always goes out at 3 pm eastern time so subscribers all have the same equal chance on the Rare Parts. All our parts generally are priced to sell and priced below what others offer. Also our used items are exactly as described. Emails are acknowledged in the order we receive them regardless of when I respond as I am not always by a computer and I only use a flip phone. It's best to email as soon as possible with your request(s) as many of our items sell within the first hour! Do NOT call the office on the listed Rare Parts as you could lose out by someone beating you with an email. Remember if shipping is not noted as included you must pay $15 extra.

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