1982 Buick Parts and Restoration Information

1982 Buick VINS, Production Numbers, Fact and Figures

Trying to decode your 1982 Buick VIN to find out where it was made, or exactly what model it is? Keep reading as we have all the information below to help you out! 

In February 1982, the Grand National debuted, which was named for the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series (the “Grand National” term was part of the Cup series nomenclature until 1986). Buick had won the Manufacturers Cup in 1981 and 1982, and wanted to capitalize on its success: “What wins on Sunday, sells on Monday”, and hoping to revive its performance image from the 1960s with the Buick Skylark Gran Sport. These 1982 cars were not painted black, which may confuse those not familiar with them. All started out as charcoal gray Regals that were shipped off to a subcontractor for finishing.

Originally intended for a run of 100 units, Cars and Concepts of Brighton, Michigan, retrofitted 215 Regals with the GN package. Most obvious was the light silver-gray firemist paint added to each side. Red pinstripes and billboard shadow lettering proclaiming “Buick” were applied. The wheel opening moldings and rocker panel moldings were blacked out using black vinyl tape. Finally, a front air dam and rear spoiler were installed. On the inside, special “Lear-Siegler” seats were installed. These seats are fully adjustable and were covered with silver brandon cloth with black vinyl inserts. The front seat had Buick’s “6” emblem embroidered onto them. Also, a special clock delete plate was added to the instrument panel which contained the yellow and orange “6” logo and the words “Grand National Buick Motor Division”.)

The 1982 GN came with a naturally aspirated 252 cu in (4.1 L) V6 engine with 125 hp (127 PS; 93 kW) at 4000 rpm and 205 lb-ft (278 N⋅m) of torque at 2000 rpm. Of the 215 Grand Nationals produced in 1982, at least 35 were based on the Buick Regal Sport coupe package with the turbocharged 3,791 cc (3.8 L; 231.3 cu in) V6 engine with 175 hp (177 PS; 130 kW) at 4000 rpm and 275 lb-ft (373 N⋅m) of torque at 2600 rpm. There were only 2,022 Sport coupes produced in 1982, and the number of cars with both the GN and Sport coupe packages is estimated to be fewer than 50.

Take a walk down memory lane and check out the full sales brochure for 1982 Buicks! 

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1982 Buick VIN Breakdown

Vehicle Identification Number – VIN

The Buick VIN number for 1982 had 17 Characters.

1st = country code Number “1” is for USA.
2nd = Company code, “G” is for GM
3rd = What division of GM, “4” is for Buick.
4th Restraint system
5th = Tell what TYPE of car it is (Skylark, Century, Riviera, etc..)
C – Skylark Custom
H – Century Custom
J – Regal
K – Regal T-Type
L – Century
G – Century T-Type
M – Regal
P – LeSabre Custom
R – LeSabre
S – Skyhawk
E – Skyhawk T-Type
X – Electra
W – Electra Park Ave
F – Electra T-Type
V – Electra Estate Wagon
Y – Riviera T-Type
Z – Riviera
6th and 7th = Tells Body Style
11 – Electra 2dr sedan
19 – Electra 4dr
27 – 2dr coupe
35 – 4dr wagon
37 – LeSabre 2dr coupe
47 – Regal 2dr
57 – Riviera 2dr coupe
67 – 2dr Convertable
8th = Engine Code
O – 110ci L4 TBI
P – 121ci L4
U – 151ci
R – 151ci
X – 173ci V6 2bl carb
L – 181ci V6
A – 231ci v6 2bl Carb
3 – 231ci V6 2bl carb SFI
B – 231ci v6
7 – 231 ci turbo
T – Diesel 231ci V6
Y – 307ci V8 4bl carb
N – Diesel 350ci V8
9th = check digit
10th = tell what year it is “C” = 1982
11th = What Plant the car was Produced
D – Doraville GA
M – Lansing MI
T – Tarrytown NY
6 – Oklahoma City OK
H – Flint MI
K – Leeds, MO
X – Fairfax, KS
1 – Wentzville MO
2 – Quebec CA.
12th – 17th = Production Sequence numbers

1982 Buick Production Numbers

Total Buicks produced in 1982: 739,934

(Note: Not all models are listed below)

1982 Buick Century
Two-door coupe 19,715
Four-door sedan 83,250
Two-door coupe 2,695
Four-door sedan 2,724

1982 Buick Regal, 2-door Coupe, J47 – 134237 units

1982 Buick Regal, 4-door Sedan, J69 – 74428 units

1982 Buick Regal, 4-door Station Wagon-6p, J35 – 14732 units

1982 Buick Regals, total, base production – 105812 units

1982 Buick Regals Limited, total production – 102850 units

1982 Buick Regals, total V-8 – 8276 units

1982 Buick Regal Sport Coupe, 2-door Coupe, K47 – 2022 units

1982 Buick Car Models

  • 1982 Buick Riviera
  • 1982 Buick Electra
  • 1982 Buick LeSabre
  • 1982 Buick Regal
  • 1982 Buick Skylark
  • 1982 Buick Regal Estate Wagon
  • 1981 Buick Lesabre Estate Wagon
  • 1982 Buick Electra Estate Wagon

1982 Buick Sales Brochure

A copy of the sales brochure for the entire 1982 Buick product line courtesy of OldCarBrochures.com

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