Professional detailer Larry Kosilla gets to play with some seriously cool metal. He’s been tasked with cleaning, detailing, and restoring countless classic cars, including our Road & Track deputy editor Bob Sorokanich’s two-door Jeep Cherokee. His latest project? A virtually new Buick Grand National barn find with just 56 miles on the clock.
No, that’s not a typo. This 1987 Grand National was purchased by the original owner in Columbus, Ohio, driven home, and parked in a barn for 34 years. It was recently purchased by its new owner and trailered to Brooklyn, New York, where Kosilla picked it up.
Despite its age and lack of attention over the past three decades, the car was in pretty good shape. There were neither rat nests nor excessive mold inside, and because it was kept inside a dry, well-kept building, there’s no rust or paint damage (aside from some scratches on the passenger side caused by the previous owner’s dog).
Kosilla, with his array of pro-level tools and chemicals, is able to make quick work of the paint swirls and scratches, bringing the 56-mile Grand National back to showroom condition without ruining any of its originality. Every step of the process is documented in great detail, and it’s incredibly satisfying to watch.
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