Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Buick Regal is described as a one-owner car, a pretty amazing feat for a 40-year old ride. Let’s see if you could be anywhere near as devoted to its modern-day price.
The Ford, and in America Mercury, Capri was named for the Isle of Capri which lies in the Bay of Naples on the Italian coast, and which is most famous for its Blue Grotto sea cavern. Yesterday’s 1985 ASC/McLaren Capri was a tradition-shunning red instead of blue, but it also saw green as 53% of you voted it a Nice Price win.
According to Kelly Blue Book, the most popular colors for cars and trucks—and hence those that best enhance resale value—are, in order, Silver, White, and Black. With that in mind, I present to you this handsome and seemingly well maintained 1977 Buick Regal coupe, in stunning Bright Red over white vinyl with color keyed accents. According to KBB bright red is the fifth most popular color for coupes and convertibles so there you go.
This was the last year of the “Colonnade” generation cars, and nearing the end of the line for the Buick 350 V8 that powers this tee-topped beauty as well. That engine may have shared displacement numbers with Chevy’s venerable eight, but was not otherwise related in any way shape or form.
Here, deep into the era of strangling emissions controls and daunting fuel economy demands, the 350 produced a modest but respectable for the day 140-horsepower. A TH350 with a fun and funky Frankenstein switch console shifter backs that up and you can expect the whole thing to offer performance in the same fashion that Applebee’s offers cuisine.
The ad notes that this is a one-owner car, and that it has been “meticulously cared for by an auto technician.” Whomever that was they seem to have done an admirable job keeping up the car. The paint gleams and the brightwork is all intact and likewise shiny. Underneath, white wall tires look both tidy and appropriate.
The car has the somewhat rare tee-top option, a nod to open-air motoring in an era when car makers thought the U.S. government would effectively ban convertibles, and those are said to be tight and dry. Pop them off and you can store them in the car’s capacious trunk. In fact, if you’re short of limb you might want to try another car, or grab a AAA membership as the spare tire in this era of Regal sits right over the diff in the trunk, and is a full-size bad boy. Remember to lift with your legs!
The wheels on the car are handsome Rostyles which are factory. The interior too is all original, baring the lone addition of an aftermarket radio. Even that is applaudably old-school, though. There’s only a little over 70K on the clock and even the A/C still seems to work, which is great because it comes with that wonderful crotch-cooler vent under the wheel. I love those!
In fact, the only things that seem obviously wrong with the car are some fading on the bumper fillers and the fact that these cars hail from an era when cars drove, handled, and stopped in far poorer fashion than even the lowliest Kia of today. That’s a small matter for those who appreciate a full-figured car, and we’ll now have to decide if you all appreciate this Regal’s $10,500 price as well.
First off, let’s just admit that you’re getting a lot of car for your money here because this generation of Regal is in every way but performance a lot of car. Still, $10,500 isn’t chicken feed, unless you’ve got a whole lot of chickens so vote carefully. What do you think, is this one-owner Buick worth $10,500? Or, is this a Regal whose price may demand an abdication?
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