6-8-11 Inner Circle

6-8-11 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 06-08-2011


Several magazines now have picked up on "Car in the Barn" stories, featuring cars that have been discovered tucked away for many years. One of the more famous cars we found and sold is known as the "cat car," which was a 1987 Grand National that was parked around 1992 and shared a barn with about 9 cats.

We just found out about a 1987 Grand National with just 1,600 actual miles that has literally been parked in a building since 1992. It is a hardtop with a Cars and Concepts astro roof installed. The Cars and Concepts astroroof is very similar in design and size to the factory GM version.

Car is a one owner. He is asking $20,000 for the car. He really doesn't want it to sit through one more Pennsylvania winter! The car is literally only about 10 minutes from my house. The owner Mark has a few other notable cars stashed in other buildings that I hope to be able to see in the upcoming weeks.

If you are interested in this original 1987 Grand National, email me - [email protected]

PHOTO 1 - These two photos show the front end and side of the 1987 Grand National exposed to the sunlight for the first time in years. Unfortunately, there wasn't any lighting in the building to take photos of the entire car.

PHOTO 2 - The top left photo shows the plastic is still on the driver's seat and the dealer stock number card on the passenger seat. The top right photo shows the passenger's seat with the Buick envelope and number card. The lower left photo shows the 3-92 inspection PA inspection sticker, which means it's been off the road since probably the spring of 1992 as that is when that sticker would have expired. The lower right photo shows his original car keys on top of one of our early monthly "Grand News" newsletters.

PHOTO 3 - The top photo shows the all-original engine. Only the battery has been changed back when the car was fairly new. The lower photo shows the analog dash, which reads 1,608 actual miles.


From time to time we have pointed out that GM was not consistent with their replacement parts and packaging. We still have people say that if it isn't in a GM box, it must not be GM. This is not always true.

PHOTO 4 - Shows how there can be slight variations in GM parts. This photo shows the backside of two factory GM 3.8 SFI hood emblems. Both have the "Made in Canada" circle sticker on them. Note how the size of the sticker varies. Also the peel-off tape on the back is blue on one and orange on the other. In some runs they used this plain brown box and on other runs it was a blue and white box. This is true with many of the stick-on GM parts. Not every run of replacement GM parts will be consistent with earlier runs.


We just received some of these high-quality center consoles. Here is the complete information about the 6 options. These will be listed with photos on our website within a couple days.

1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal -

Any of these unique custom-made center armrest consoles would make a great addition to your Turbo Regal interior. It gives the perfect area for the driver or passenger to rest their arm, convenient additional storage, along with two handy cup holders.

Consoles are available in two sizes. The "Full Size" consoles measure approximately 9-3/4" high x 8-1/2" wide x 19" long, and eliminates access to the factory console ashtray. The "Mini" consoles measure approximately 9-3/4" high x 8-1/2" wide x 14-1/2" long, and allows access to the console ashtray. Once seated on the factory console, it sits down 2-1/2", the perfect height to rest your arm.

We offer 6 options; all black, all grey, and two-tone grey and black (the top is grey and the sides are black) in BOTH sizes.

Orders will be dropped shipped from the manufacturer in Georgia.

No tools are required to install it, simply slip the console down over the factory console and slide it forward. It stays in position with a non-skid base. Going to a show? It can be removed in seconds for that original look. The factory storage compartment becomes a hidden compartment for storing valuables out of sight. This feature gives you two storage compartments.

Consoles are made in sturdy pressboard, then padded, then covered with a automotive grade vinyl in the various colors. Each console has two cup holders (holds two different size cups) trimmed in chrome. These are a high-quality pieces and are "Made in the USA."

Since there are so many options, be sure to order the correct console.

It's a great useful addition to the interior.

7330 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Custom-made Center Armrest Console with Cup Holders - MINI - GREY $119.95

7331 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Custom-made Center Armrest Console with Cup Holders - MINI - BLACK $119.95

7332 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Custom-made Center Armrest Console with Cup Holders - MINI - GREY & BLACK $129.95

7333 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Custom-made Center Armrest Console with Cup Holders - FULL SIZE - GREY $119.95

7334 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Custom-made Center Armrest Console with Cup Holders - FULL SIZE - BLACK $119.95

7335 - 1984-1987 Buick Turbo Regal - Custom-made Center Armrest Console with Cup Holders - FULL SIZE - GREY & BLACK $129.95


I realize for many of you that live a distance away, you won't be able to attend this special Kirban Reunion event on August 20th with Linda Vaughn, "Miss Hurst."

It just so happens that the CURRENT July issue of HOT ROD magazine has a 10-page article on Linda Vaughn. If you subscribe to HOT ROD you already have the issue. It's now on the newsstands, so get your copy now.

So, here is the deal - Purchase that HOT ROD July issue and send it to us, and we will have Linda Vaughn autograph it for you. She will sign the very first page of the actual article. This page shows that famous pose of her on the back of a Pontiac. We will also include a Certificate of Authenticity, proof that she signed the magazine for you. The cost to have her autograph your magazine is $20 for a single magazine, or 2 for $30, or 3 for $35. These prices INCLUDE sending it back to you by Priority Mail in the special flat-rate cardboard envelope the post office provides. This flat rate mailer will easily hold 3 magazines.

You have two payment options - You can Paypal me in advance the amount to [email protected] Once done, put a copy of your Paypal receipt in with the magazine(s) or simply enclose a check payable to Kirban Enterprises with the magazines.

Send them to Kirban Performance Products, PO Box 1199, 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949-1199. Be sure to include your email address and your return shipping address in with the magazine(s), as we will confirm by email that we received your package. Unless you make a special notation to have her autograph it to someone in particular, it will have her autograph, which will read Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst."

Your copy (or copies) and Certificate of Authenticity will be sent by Priority Mail back to you the week after the event.


We have a customer looking for a low-mileage, original, not raced Turbo Trans Am. Contact Sal - email - [email protected]


A friend of mine, Greg Glenn in New Jersey, has a unique car for sale that may interest one of our customers. It is a 1996 Firebird Formula Ram Air WS 6 hardtop with a 6-speed transmission. The car is red with a taupe cloth interior. Car is totally stock and been garaged. This was the very first year for SLP working with GM doing the WS6 package. This Formula has the functional factory ram air hood. Car only has 6,000 actual miles on it.

This is a fairly rare car, since most of the Firebirds would have been Trans Ams and many were loaded examples with T-Tops.

Apparently, SLP did not keep records of the breakdown for that first year. They did tell me this car was converted on October 31st 1995 and sold to a Pontiac dealership in Carlisle, PA. In looking at various websites related to SLP cars and Firebirds, it appears they made 240 with the 6-speed coupes with the WS6 option. In looking at various production charts, based on options and features, it shows only 11 had that taupe cloth interior with the WS6 package in a Formula hardtop with a 6-speed transmission. This car as they say "in the wrapper," meaning it is like brand new in every respect. The price is $14,900. For more information - email me - [email protected]


As many of you know, GMP (also known as Georgia Marketing Promotions) did the 1:18 scale Turbo Regals. Many Turbo Buick enthusiasts have purchased their diecasts. They also did many other American muscle cars. Ted Hirsch of Epitome (who engineered many of the different 1:18 Turbo Buick GMP diecasts). sold out of his remaining inventory to a friend of mine who resides in Massachusetts and goes to a lot of the major swap meets. He has complete sets of the very last 4 in the series that Ted had GMP produce. These would all be matching serial numbers.

He also has limited availability on most of the other 1:18 Turbo Buick diecasts that he bought from Ted awhile ago. His name is Larry Mishou. Phone number is 781-447-2662 or his cell is 781-856-8550. I just saw him last week at the Fords at Carlisle event. I have known him for over 30 years from attending Carlisle events. According to Larry, who is now 75 years old, he has to work until he is 88 years old in order to retire. The man has a massive diecast inventory


We find ourselves once again in a bind, needing 1985-1987 powermaster brake cores. Right now even Cardone has basically no cores on hand.

Help us help others keep their cars on the road with original parts. Those of you that have purchased a brake unit from us, please send your core back and receive your core charge back.

Those of you that may have a complete powermaster brake unit sitting around, please send it to us. Right now for the month of June we will issue you a Letter of Credit for $125 for every powermaster brake unit you send us. Shipping by U.S. mail is the cheapest method to ship it to us.

Be sure to pack it well and put a note in the box with your complete name and address and be sure to tell us it's a core. It MUST have a brake switch brake, brake bowl, motor, and reservoir. Unit can't look like its been in a lake for the last 20 years.


We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to 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]


Got any turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. 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.


June 24th-26th, 2011
Carlisle PA Fairgrounds
We will be there Friday only as a spectator. This is very good event to attend for a wide variety of GM-related vendors.
For more info - www.carlisleevents.com

Lebanon Valley, New York
This is put on by the Northeast GS/GN chapter of the GS Club
They have 3 Race Classes - Quick 16, V8 and V6
For more information, contact John Csordas at 518-794-7130 or 845-528-GSGN

2011 BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP - JULY 29th - 31st, 2011 - HEBRON, OHIO -

The Buick Performance Group event will feature the Turbo Buick "step children" the T-Types and Pontiac's unclaimed child the Turbo Trans Am. The event is at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

They have secured Scott Kelly to attend, as well as Denny Manner, Joe Guzek, Dave Roland, Ron Yuile. Denny has also contacted Tom Wallace in hopes that he will attend. The people mentioned have also contacted other retired Buick Engineers, including Mike Doble to have them attend. There will be displays and "tech" talks, so it should be very informative. I don't think there has ever been that many Turbo G-body Engineers in one place at one time. This is one event you do not want to miss this summer!

We will be attending this major event that entire weekend. So, bring us any parts you wanlt to trade in and we especially want powermaster cores. We will be set up as a vendor.

Information for the Event can be found here -

KIRBAN REUNION EVENT - With Special Guest Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst"
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 - 10 am - 3 pm - Rain or Shine
525 and 529 Haycock Run Road, Kintnersville, PA 18930
This event you do not want to miss rain or shine. We suggest you bring a picnic lunch. Plenty of shade trees to enjoy the scenery. We will have a wide array of Hurst items that can be purchased for Linda to sign. She will be available to pose by your car.

35th ANNUAL COOPERSBURG COLLECTOR CAR SHOW - With Special Guest Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst"
Sunday, August 21st, 2011 - 10 am - 4 pm.
Southern Lehigh Living Memorial Park, Route 309 and Fairmont Avenue, Coopersburg, PA 18036


If you would like to see any of the Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] - 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.


1987 Limited V8 Regal with black-out package and T package is still available. Buyer has option of also purchasing a very nice set of original complete correct T wheels if they want.

Here is the link to this car on our website -

For more info and over 50 photos email me direct - [email protected]

Remember, be sure to pick up the July issue of HOT ROD magazine! Plan to attend our Reunion event on August 20th. It's a great opportunity to meet Linda Vaughn and get her autograph.

Wouldn't it be nice if the daily national newspaper USA TODAY run a page of comics like most other newspapers?