The GNX Registry Launches Certification Program Featuring Vehicles Available for Sale
In response to popular demand, the GNX Registry is proud to launch our exclusive GNX Certification Program that streamlines the sale process by providing quick, easy online confirmation that a GNX is authentic, and not one of the increasing number of convincingly-built clones and outright fakes – including those with forged paperwork and window stickers – appearing on the market.
This Program allows prospective buyers to know immediately that a vehicle has been certified authentic by the GNX Registry. Certified GNX vehicles are featured on the Registry website, and can be easily linked by URL or QR code in sale or auction listings. This means buyers can verify the authenticity of a GNX for sale with any computer or smartphone in mere seconds quickly and easily with a single click or screen tap.
Please see the GNX Certification Program section for details, or go directly to see Certified GNX Vehicles Available right now.
The GNX Registry Announces the Availability of an Exclusive GNX Signed, Numbered, Two-Tone Matted, and Professionally Framed Limited Edition of 5: Original Service Part Blank, Bill of Material Document, ASC Employee-Only Embroidered Patch, and Inspection Report for Your Vehicle
Please see the Trusted Products & Services section for details on this special offering by a member of the original GNX build team.
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Exclusive: GNX Registry Confirms No Buick GNX Vehicles Destroyed Under “Cash for Clunkers” Program
For Immediate Release
Contact: Doug Nigro
The U.S. Government’s Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as “Cash for Clunkers,” gathered at least as many criticisms as cars, some of these coming from the collector car and enthusiast communities. Adding to the rising tide of condemnation over the willful destruction of many properly running, well-cared-for vehicles – all at the taxpayer’s expense – was the prospect of certain collector cars meeting this fate as well.
This outcry reached a fever pitch when news came that a 1987 Buick GNX was purportedly among those cars traded in on this program and summarily executed in the same manner as all the others: by the emptying of engine oil and the pouring in of the “death drink” of liquid sodium silicate, which solidifies into hot glass as the engine runs, slowly suffocating it from the inside out until the car gasps for its last breath of life and becomes a forever-stilled piece of useless iron, roadworthy no longer.
Stories about the apparent loss of this valuable supercar reached far and wide in the automotive press and magazines, fueled primarily by the government-issued summary list which included at least one 1987 vehicle with a manufacturer of “ASC Incorporated.” Sharp-eyed enthusiasts were rightly concerned and word spread quickly, but could it be true? Nobody knew for sure until now.
The GNX Registry undertook a comprehensive effort to unravel this mystery and determine the truth in the only sure way possible: by researching the Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). Fortunately, the Registry has now determined that the four vehicles assembled by “ASC Incorporated” did not include a 1987 Buick GNX. The destroyed vehicles labeled as “ASC” were a 1987 Chevrolet V10, a 1987 Ford F150, a 1987 Merkur XR4TI, and a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder. It is unknown whether these vehicles may have been specially modified by ASC, or were incorrectly identified on their paperwork at trade-in.
For the turbocharged Buick population, including the T-Type, Grand National, and GNX, the impact was actually minimal. Of the 120 Buick Regals destroyed, only four were turbocharged: a 1984 (from Michigan), two 1985 models (from Illinois and New Mexico), and one 1987 Turbo T Limited (from Arizona). The rest of the remaining 116 Regals were split nearly evenly between the 3.8 liter (231 c.i.) non-turbo V6 and the 5.0 liter (307 c.i.) V8, with the occasional variant such as the early 4.1 liter (252 c.i.) V6 and rare 4.3 liter (260 c.i.) diesel engine. No Buick GNX was destroyed under the program.
Nevertheless, “Cash for Clunkers” still receives its share of controversy since it ended on September 30, 2011, leaving exactly 677,081 vehicles in its wake. Of course, many true clunkers have left the road and perhaps we are all a bit better for that. But many fine, well-maintained, and infrequently-driven cars were also needlessly destroyed under this program, some of which could be considered rare or exotic. Knowing that the legendary Buick GNX was not among them may be some consolation, but all enthusiasts – regardless of our preferred automotive brand – share to some extent in the loss of current and future collectible cars that will never be seen, let alone driven, by generations to come.