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Cars > Challenges > “Beauregard” Vs “Black Stallion II”

 

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M–51
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
United States

 

1976 Buick LeSabre Custom

“Beauregard”

2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP Comp-G

“Black Stallion II”

 
Photo of: 1976 Buick LeSabre
Photo of: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
 

Head to Head

 

About “Beauregard”

(DISCLAIMER: The car pictured above and in the album IS NOT the actual car I owned in the mid-1980's! I have no pictures of the actual car; I found this one, and the similar cars in the photo album, online.)

Believe it or not, this tank was a former Police unmarked! A local Police department siezed it as a drug confiscation and decided to hold onto it instead of auctioning it off. After all, who would flash on a LeSabre hardtop as an unmarked? It already had a tuned 4-barrel 455 with dual exhausts (and as I found out after I bought it, no catalytic converters - the cops were running the thing with an illegal exhaust system!), so they just added some Police-spec suspension components, tires (mounted on the chrome Buick Rallye wheels that were on the car!), radio, and a shotgun rack and called it good.

When I bought it, all the radio gear and the gun rack had been removed, as were the chrome rims. It seems the chief wanted them on his personal cruiser! So I bought a Maroon-over-White '76 LeSabre with dog dish hubcaps mounted on dark blue steelies - very patriotic! On the way home from buying the car, I stopped off at a local junkyard and bought a set of '73 Buick full wheel covers to replace the poverty caps, and then I hit a parts store for some maroon spray paint to repaint the wheels. A weekend spent detailing it and doing some pinstriping and you'd never know it had served as a Police car... Until it blew your doors off! That big ol' Buick could pass anything but a gas station!

About “Black Stallion II”

Sometimes lightning strikes twice. Three years ago, I had what I considered to be the perfect family car, a 2004 Grand Prix GTP Comp-G sedan. It had plenty of room for myself, my wife, and my two teenagers, plus it had great performance and handling combined with an acceptable ride for the family. This all came to an end on the weekend after Halloween of 2008, when the driver of a tractor-trailer got distracted for a few seconds and plowed into a line of slow traffic on Interstate 95 in Philly. My Grand Prix was the third car from the back of the line when he piled into the line of roughly 25 mph traffic at about 65 mph. Three people were killed in the crash, four if you consider that one of the people was a pregnant woman. I was hospitalized for well over a month, and I'll always walk with a limp. Since my teens had just started college that fall, I didn't really need another big sedan (my wife likes her big old Chevy Tahoe, so when the kids come home, w werew covered), so I splurged some of the settlement money on my Porsche Boxster. Man, I love that car, but I still missed my Comp-G for days when I just felt like kicking back and enjoying a relaxsing drive that wasn't as involved as driving my Porsche. A friend knew I was looking for another car like the Comp-G, so when he saw this car come up on eBay recently, he told me about it. The car is a virtual clone to my original car, with the exception of the stock wheels, un-tinted windows, and lack of a sunroof. I can live without the sunroof, but the windows and rims might be subject to change!

 

Specs for “Beauregard”

Buick 455 4-barrel
TH400 Automatic Transmission
3.89:1 Limited Slip rear
0-60 in abuot 7 seconds (Official Timex wristwatch timing)
1/4 mile in about 15 second (Ditto above)
Top speed? I had it well over an indicated 110 on the calibrated Police speedo

Specs for “Black Stallion II”

260 Horsepower

280 lb/ft Torque

0-60 - 6.3 Seconds

1/4 mile - 15.5 Seconds

Top Speed - ??? (I only had the first one up to 120 or so - ONCE!)

Fuel Economy - I averaged about 25 mpg with the original

 

Factory Options for “Beauregard”

AM/FM 8-Track Stereo
Cruise Control
Power Windows
Power Locks
Power Seat
Velour Upholstery
Clock
Remote Driver's-Side Mirror
Map Lights
Remote Trunk Release
Vinyl Top

(In addition to standard equipment:
Air Conditioning
Power Steering
Power Brakes)

Factory Options for “Black Stallion II”

Grand Prix Competition Group (Comp-G) included:

Supercharged 3800 V-6

TAPshift 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission

StabiliTrak stability and yaw control

MagnaSteer II Variable Ratio Power Steering

4-Wheel Antilock Disc Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor

Driving Lights

Air Conditioning

Power Windows, Door Locks, and Seats

Also:

AM/FM/XM Satellite/CD Stereo

Heated Front Seats

 

Mods for “Beauregard”

Modified 455 Engine
Modified TH400 Automatic
Police-Spec Suspension
True Dual Exhaust (Catalytic Converters Deleted)
Driving Lights
Quartz Halogen Headlights

Mods for “Black Stallion II”

The original owner didn't tell me about any, and I haven't discovered any myself.

 

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Cover photo of Beau's cousins album
Beau's cousins
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Cover photo of Black Stallion II album
Black Stallion II
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Points for Beauregard Total Votes Points for Black Stallion II
30 13 35

 

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