1987 Buick Parts and Restoration Information

1987 Buick VINS, Production Numbers, Fact and Figures

Trying to decode your 1987 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! 

Sadly the infamous Buick Grand National’s had their final year in 1987; but their legacy and reputation continues on and we hope the information here will help with your restoration. 

Take a walk down memory lane and check out the full sales brochure for 1987 Buicks! 

1987 Buick

1987 Buick VIN Breakdown

Vehicle Identification Number – VIN

The Buick VIN number for 1987 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 & 5th = Tell what TYPE of car it is (Skylark, Century, Riviera, ect..)
“AG” = Century T-Type
“AH” = Century Custom
“AL” = Century Limited and Wagon
“BR” = LeSabre Estate Wagon
“BV” = Electra Estate Wagon
“CF” = Electra T-Type
“CW” = Electra Park Avenue
“CX” = Electra 3800
“EY” = Riviera T-Type
“EZ” = Riviera Luxury
“GJ” = Regal
“GK” = Regal T-Type
“GM” = Regal T-Type
“HH” = LeSabre
“HP” = LeSabre Custom
“HR” = LeSabre Limited
“JE” = Skyhawk T-Type
“JS” = Skyhawk Limited
“JT” = Skyhawk Limted
“NC” = Skylark
“ND” = Skylark Custom
“ND” = Skylark Limited
“NJ” = Somerset Custom
“NK” = Somerset T-Type
“NM” = Someret Limited
6th = Tells Body Style
“1” = 2dr Coupe
“2” = 2dr Hatchback
“3” = Converible
“5” = 4 dr Sedan
“6” = 4dr Hatchback
“8” = 4dr wagon
7th = Restraint codes
1 – manual belts
4 – automatic belts
0 – incomplete vehicle
8th = Engine Code
1 – 2.0L L4
3 – 3.8L
7 – 3.8L
A – 3.8L
C – 3.8L 3800
D – 2.3L DOHC Quad 4
H – 5.0L
L – 3.0L
K – 2.0L L4
M – 2.0L L4
N – 3.3L 3300 V6
R – 2.5L Tech IV L4
U – 2.5L L4 Tech IV
W – 2.8L V6
Y – 5.0L V8
9th = check digit
10th = tell what year it is “H” = 1987
11th = What Plant the car was Produced
J – Lakewood GA
B – Lansing MI
G – Framingham MA
H – Flint MI
J – Janesville WI
M – Lansing MI
T – Tarrytown NY
U – Hamtramck MI
I – Wentzville MO
1 – Oshawa Ontario Canada
6 – Oklahoma City OK
12th – 17th = Production Sequence numbers

1987 Buick Production Numbers

  • Buick Century: 198,568
  • Buick Electra: 6,754
  • Buick Estate Wagon: 6,068
  • Buick LeSabre: 123,187
  • Buick Regal: 43,154
  • Buick Riviera: 12,589
  • Buick Skyhawk: 4,802
  • Buick Skylark: 38,823
  • Buick Somerset: 15,286
  • Buick Somerset Regal: 4,358

1987 Buick Interesting Facts

  1. The 1987 Buick Grand National was one of the fastest American cars of the era, with a 0-60 mph time of just 4.8 seconds.
  2. The Grand National also had a unique blacked-out exterior trim and a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that produced 245 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque.
  3. The 1987 Buick GNX (Grand National Experimental) was an even more powerful version of the Grand National, with 276 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque.
  4. The 1987 Buick Regal was the last year for the rear-wheel-drive Regal until it was brought back in 1997.
  5. The 1987 Buick Century was the first model year for the new W-body platform, which it shared with the Chevrolet Celebrity, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and Pontiac 6000.
  6. The 1987 Buick Riviera received a major redesign, with a sleeker and more aerodynamic look than the previous generation.
  7. The 1987 Buick Electra was the last model year for the full-size Electra, which had been in production since 1959.

1987 Buick Car Models

  • 1987 Buick Century
  • 1987 Buick Electra
  • 1987 Buick Estate Wagon
  • 1987 Buick LeSabre
  • 1987 Buick Regal
  • 1987 Buick Riviera
  • 1987 Buick Skyhawk
  • 1987 Buick Skylark
  • 1987 Buick Somerset
  • 1987 Buick Somerset Regal

1987 Buick Colors And Wheel Choices

1987 Buick Sales Brochure

A copy of the sales brochure for the entire 1987 Buick product line courtesy of OldCarBrochures.com

1987 Buick

If you have any questions or need any parts for your 1987 Buick, head over to SS396.com or give our friendly techs a call at (203) 235-1200

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