100 Cars That Changed History

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20. Buick Regal 1973-2004, 2011-present United States

The Buick Regal is a mid-sized sedan which General Motors introduced in 1973. The Grand National version, which debuted in 1982, was what really propelled the line to success. Buick was looking for a way to capitalize on their winning of the Manufacturers Cup in 1981 and 1982. They developed a moto “What wins on Sunday, Sells on Monday,” naming their new Regal Grand National after the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series. The Grand National featured a naturally aspirated 4.1 L V6 engine with 125 hp. By 1986 over 26,000 Grand Nationals were produced in America. The Grand National was part of the Regal’s second generation. The line has produced three additional generations and is still a popular car. Though from 2004-2011 noRegal’s were made in America, the car made its return in 2012.


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