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I had always wanted a G-Body ever since I would take rides in my Uncle's 1985 Monte Carlo SS. He always said if I was going to get a G-Body, why not get a Grand National. I had no idea what this car was, as i was no more than maybe 10 years old. So he began explaining it to me and told me just how special the Turbo 6 Cylinder was. Well from that point on I was hooked, I was convinced that I wanted one. As I grew up, the thought started to fade as I never found myself with enough money to bring this dream to fruition. My first car was a 1995 Buick Regal Custom, in an absurd baby blue. I drove this car all through high school and I sold it before I joined the military. After being stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ I bought my parents 2002 Saturn Vue. This car got the job done carting me and my new friends around and causing all sorts of trouble. One weekend while I was out of town, I lent it to my friend and a woman stopped short in front of him and he rear ended her. Well, this totaled the car and I was now without a car. Only a week after I had gotten it paid off. Luckily the insurance company paid me more than what i paid for it. So the hunt was on for a "practical" and "reliable" car... HA! After several weeks of searching with nothing that tickled my fancy, I decided to toss a search out there for a Grand National. A couple results popped up, but they were either completely ratty or wicked expensive. But then I came across one that was in really nice shape and for the most part unmolested. The best part of it was that it was in New Mexico and I actually needed to make a trip out that way to drop the title off for my wrecked Saturn that was in a junkyard there. So the buddy who crashed my car and I loaded up and headed for New Mexico. The first time I saw it was the first time I had ever seen a Grand National in person... I was in love. After owner drove me down the block in it, I began making a deal with him. Once we got back to his house, my buddy and I headed for the ATM and I gave the man $500 to hold it for me while I got the money in place through the bank. Fast forward a few weeks later, same buddy and I head out with another friends truck and trailer to go pick up my Unicorn! That was in 2011, I had just turned 21 and I couldn't have made a better choice. I am the 4th owner of this car. It was built in Pontiac, Michigan in the 3rd week of November 1987. Which makes it part of the final 20,000 ordered for GM before they ceased production on December, 11 1987. The first owner who ordered it had it shipped to Florida, from there owner 2 brought it to New Mexico, where it stayed until I purchased it. Through out the years, me and this car have had countless adventures, including it being my daily driver for close to 3 years, me being over zealous and trying to race cars way quicker than us (and taking care of business on those who underestimated us), some road trips and plenty of car shows. This car has never left me stranded and has always started on the first try. I have modified it and freshened it up over the years and I have some pretty modest goals for it in the future. Currently the car is at my parents house ever since I got out of the military in September 2014 and started traveling the country with my girlfriend, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a traveling therapist. We move to a new location every 3 months. We plan to do so for the next 2+ years, so the progress on this car will be little to non existent. But I love it and I can not wait until I have it back again.
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