VIDEO: Darth Vader Finally Drives a Grand National

“Lord Vader, your car is ready.”

The Buick Grand National and GNX have been associated with Darth Vader since their inception back in the mid-80s. Sporting a menacing appearance with monochromatic black paint, a turbocharged V6 (sounding much like an F-16 fighter jet), and LED boost gauge and tachometer gauges (in the GN), it would have been the perfect car for the Sith Lord to motor around in, had he been on Earth in the late 20th Century.

Fast forward a few decades and a classic car dealership by the name of Bullet Motorsports has envisioned a very unique way of selling a particular ’86 Grand National that they currently have on the market. Rather then doing the typical salesy-walkaround, highlighting the features of the car and telling the viewer what a great buy it is, they’ve elected to hire Star Wars’ most notorious villain for the job at hand; Darth Vader.

Not speaking a single word, just the deep, muffled breathing that the Sith Lord emits, Vader gets a feel of the Buick by driving around a rail yard spooling up the turbo and even emitting a relaxed boost launch, spinning the tires from the Grand National to showcase the power the car has on tap. According to the listing, it’s producing somewhere north of the 400hp level – or roughly 150 more than it had when it left the factory.

Judging by the video, the Buick does appear to drive and ride smoothly, and it’s definitely a clean, hardtop example with the optional digital gauge cluster, complete with the factory wheels. The original paint still looks brand new, as its been said that car has “never been in the elements,” and 16,000 original miles are realized on the odometer. It’s also been signed by Buick specialists Dennis Kirban and Rollin “Molly” Sanders – adding to its collectibility and authenticity.

The price isn’t mentioned in the ad, but we’d imagine it to go for a decent chuck of change thanks to the cars attributes… and the Darth Vadar connection, obviously.


“GGhhherrr… most impressive.”

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  1. GM EFI Magazine 18 June, 2015 at 15:43 Reply

    […] Last, but not least, before we get into the countdown, allow us to take the time to go through a few of the honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut for one or more reasons. The first on the list is Holden’s very own Pontiac GTO. While the GTO most certainly would be a top competitor overall, on this list, we thought that grabbing one for $5,000 was a bit of a stretch. It could probably be done with an ’04 LS1 model, but even then we simply saw the car as a bit too pricy on average to compete. Also mentionable as it pertains to this list are the C4 Corvette and just about anything that falls on the G-Body platform. […]

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