Buick dropped us a line to say that Hagery Insurance picked the 2012 Regal GS for the insurance company's "hot list" of future collectibles. The automaker and insurer then went one step further and picked the top 10 Buicks of all time. While the list hits on all straight eight cylinders, it's missing a few of my personal faves: the 1941 Buick, the 1954 Skylark, the 1964 Wildcat, the LT-1-powered Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagons, the last-generation Riviera and the cars I owned in high school and college, the 1968-69 Skylarks/Gran Sports. But, I suppose you have to draw the line somewhere.
Hagerty Insurance, the classic car insurance firm, placed the Regal GS on its “2012 Hot List” for mass-market vehicles with a suggested retail price below $100,000. The company thinks the Regal GS will be a future collectible.
In particular, Hagerty applauded Buick’s decision to offer a performance sedan with a manual transmission, noting that “at a time when allegedly more sporting makes don't offer real three-pedal manual transmissions, Buick is doing it with the Regal GS.”
“The Regal GS is a unique and thrilling vehicle for the Buick brand,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “As someone who drove a classic Skylark to prom and owned other incredible Buicks like an '87 GNX, I can say it deserves to be viewed among the best Buick has built.”
As a projected future classic, the Regal GS will join memorable Buicks that have proved their collectability. Following the announcement of the 2012 Hot List, Hagerty experts collaborated with Buick to list the Top 10 most-collectible Buicks, some of which hold values of well over $100,000:
- 2012 Buick Regal GS
- 1932 Model 90 sport phaeton
- 1937 66C Century convertible coupe
- 1940 Super Model 59 Woody Estate Wagon
- 1947 Roadmaster Woody Wagon
- 1949 Roadmaster Convertible
- 1953 Skylark
- 1963 Riviera
- 1970 GSX Stage 1 Hardtop Coupe
- 1987 GNX
"In order to be included on the annual Hagerty Hot List, the vehicle must be geared toward the driving enthusiast beyond just being a form of transportation,” said Hagerty.” Like the other Buick classics listed here, the 2012 Regal GS will be remembered more than most of its peers for many years down the road.”