Recently, we saw an assorted lot of Buick Grand National diecasts for sale on ebay.
1 of the items included was a cool looking Buick GN on the back of a transport truck.
This looked to be from the Muscle Machines new series of “Muscle Transports.”
The 1:64 scale contemporary manufacture diecast vehicles are exaggerated in their design (on purpose).
Huge rear wheels, side pipe exhaust systems, big engines, slightly out of scale looking pieces.
As we’re always on the lookout for new Buick diecast car releases, we searched around to get more info on this specific version, as we hadn’t seen it before.
We couldn’t find any others for sale… anywhere.
This isn’t all that unusual, since it’s a new release for this series.
Generally, within a week (perhaps a bit longer), we will end up getting additional details about said automobiles, as they start popping up for sale.
This particular design, however, nothing.
So we decided to ask the original seller for details about it.
Where they got it from, etc.
He replied “I took the Buick from the regular “Muscle Machines” package, and replaced the car that was originally with the Muscle Transports, making a cool custom creation!
Well, that explains why we couldn’t gather additional details about this specific version!
It had us fooled for a bit!
For the Muscle Transports series, there’s multiple series with assorted vehicles for each of these, and all of the flatbed trucks match the exact paint scheme of the cars, creating an overall flow to their designed conceptualization.
THAT, should have been a dead giveaway that the black Buick Grand National didn’t really belong with the brown colored transport truck!
But we’ve seen slightly mismatched trucks/cars before, so we thought that was the case this time around.
It’s a neat looking unit regardless, but something for Buick diecast collectors to be aware of, especially if you’re seeking “original” versions of these toy cars.
Not that big of a deal if you’re into “just collecting” cool things.
The seller did not state that this specific unit was not original as is.
He did mention a few details about what was included in the deal, and that some cars packages were opened.
[we’re not really slamming the seller, however, we do think that he should have mentioned that fact about the custom he made, as we were tempted to bid on it just to get this 1 particular diecast, which would have been the only vehicle in the entire package deal we wanted]
[ if you’re curious, the 12 piece lot, including 3 transporters, 3 muscle machine Buicks, 2 Hot Wheels, 1 Johnny Lightning, and 3 other opened Buick GN’s, sold for a little less than $40 shipped. Not too bad of a deal overall, they’re worth over double that price if purchased singularly. ]
The first picture is what was offered in the (12 pieces) lot, the custom Buick GN unit he produced.
The second picture is the original version sold by Maisto in the Muscle Transports window box. (it has an Oldsmobile Cutlass, that was replaced with the Buick Regal)
The third picture is the 12 piece lot that was offered.