Classic Car Overview
This 1978 Buick Regal Restomod is one of those cars that just gets cooler the more you look at it. Sure, we all grew up with these buzzing around by the hundreds, but when was the last time you saw one decked out like this beauty? And with a stout, fuel-injected 6.0L V8 under the hood, this is no late 70s wheezer, either! Beautifully finished to a level belying its contemporaries, this uber-cool Regal deserves closer examination by anyone that loves the thrill of the road and the aesthetics of vintage motoring. These A-body cars became so familiar back in the day that its worthwhile to stand back and take a second look today. Pretty good looking car, isnt it? Clean lines, a chiseled roof profile, and great proportions make it a car that suddenly stands out in a crowd. The Gray Metallic paint is a modern shade that was recently applied and it keeps the finish from being too in-your-face, which is a good thing because the mechanicals do that part of the job just fine. Its remarkable to find one this straight and clean, and someone has obviously invested a good deal of cash in making it look good. Its definitely a driver, not some trailer queen youll be afraid to put on the road, but its got a ton of curb appeal, especially out in the bright sun where it just pops. There are a couple cool tricks to this build too, with a slick cowl hood, blacked-out front grille, color-matched bumpers, and door handles from a modern Cavalier. Other than the shiny chrome wheels, those are the only notable deviations from stock, and it all works rather well on this sport coupe. Finish quality is very good, and anyone would be proud to show off this Regals handsome good looks. The black vinyl roof was left in place, adding a touch of sophistication to this restomod, and a lot of the original trim was blacked-out to match. Inside, the contrasting dark red interior sports rare bucket seats, which are practically mandatory with the sporty B&M 4-speed automatic shifter jutting out from the floorboard. The rest is mostly familiar Buick styling from the late 70s-80s, from the long doors to the angular dash panel that wraps around the driver. Aside from a couple upgrades, it appears to be mostly original and in good overall condition, with red vinyl upholstery on most of the soft parts that shows the minor signs of use youd expect from an original car of 40+ years. The carpets are likely original as well, and they too show signs of use, but nothing that should cause major concern, and the light woodgrain found throughout the cabin does a great brightening things up inside. A full set of Auto Meter digital/analog gauges were swapped in favor of the tired original units, a must for proper monitoring of the upgrade motor under the hood, and an upgraded JVC AM/FM/CD/AUX replaces the original stereo in the center stack of the dash. The B&M shifter is topped with a white cue-ball, which seems appropriate for the kind of performance this car can generate, and while it may feel a little odd at first, its an absolute joy to rip through the automatic gears in this unique coupe. Other big positives include power windows and locks, a stock steering wheel atop a tilt column, and a set of seatbelts fore and aft. Theres also a taut headliner above, a rear bench that was nicely preserved, and an original trunk with plenty of room for your car show goodies. This car might have originally come with a light-duty V6 or maybe a wheezy turbo, but today theres a modern 6.0L V8 that makes for some pretty entertaining driving in the lightweight Buick. Built with 317 heads from an LQ4 the engine makes good horsepower and is an absolute torque monster, so its obvious where the big money was spent on this build. Thanks to modern fuel injection and wiring it starts easily and idles very well, and with all that extra horsepower on tap, performance is more than energetic. A cold air intake system with a cone filter and long-tube headers means the engine breathes easy, and the big aluminum radiator and electric fans up front keep the whole show nice and cool. Its backed by a 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission that was engineered to withstand the big motors torque without robbing it of any horsepower, and it feeds a 10-bolt rear with highway-friendly gears inside. The suspension has been upgraded with Hotchkis shocks and lowering springs, a rear swaybar and trailing arms, power 4-wheel disc brakes, and a responsive power steering system. A throaty Borla dual exhaust system sounds wicked, and if not for those flashy, Foose chrome wheels and oversized 215/40/17 front and 255/45/17 Nitto rubber at all four corners, this would be one heck of a sleeper! Beautifully built and a blast to drive, this is the Regal for the guy who doesnt mind a lot of attention. And believe us, once you fire up that 6.0L V8, heads will turn. Call today!