The Buick Regal is a car that has served the company well for quite a long time. It was first introduced for the 1973 model year, and it was brought to market to compete with the other personal luxury cars that were becoming quite popular at that time.
I’ve always been a fan of the personal luxury car. You get a touch of the sporty style and maneuverability, but you also enjoy the comfort and attention to detail that a luxury car would provide. To me, the holy grail of personal luxury cars during the 1970s was the Cadillac Eldorado, but if that was out of your price range, a Buick Regal could provide a suitable alternative.
For the initial 1973 model year, the Buick Regal was offered in just one body style, the two-door coupe, and it was powered by a 350 cubic inch V8 that came standard. The following model year, a sedan was added to the lineup, and the 1974 cars came with the same standard engine. However, during both of the initial years, you could upgrade to a 455 cubic inch V8 powerhouse.
The body style changed for the second generation that began in 1978. Those cars were very cool looking at the time; they kind of resembled a baby El Dorado in some ways.
I can speak about the 1978 Buick Regal from first person experience, because my grandfather owned one, and I borrowed it often. It had a super comfortable, plush interior, it provided a quiet ride, and it was very easy to drive.
That second-generation lasted through the 1987 model year. In all, there were four different generations before the nameplate was put into mothballs at the conclusion of the 2004 model year.
The Buick Regal showed good staying power nonetheless, and the company brought the car back for the 2011 model year. It is still a player in its class, and the 2015 Buick Regal is getting fairly solid reviews from the automotive intelligentsia.
There are four different versions available: the base model, two premium models, and the high-performance Buick Regal GS. They all come equipped with a 259 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the GS is performance-tuned. According to JD Power, the price range is somewhere between $27,000 and $40,000 depending upon the trim package that you want.
Personally, I’d rather take a ride down memory lane with a classic from the late 1970s, but the modern version is a pretty sharp car in its own right.