RICK KRANZ

How the Buick Regal GS became a collectible so soon

Hagerty Insurance has put the 2012 Buick Regal GS on its annual Hot List as a future collectible, along with 9 other Buicks dating back to 1932. Photo credit: HAGERTY INSURANCE
Rick Kranz is product editor for Automotive News

What are the 10 most collectible Buicks from the past and present?

Hagerty Insurance lists the 2012 Buick Regal GS on its annual Hot List as a future collectible along with nine other Buicks dating back to 1932. The company specializes in insuring collectible and classic vehicles.

Why the Regal GS?

"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," the insurance company says. "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."

The sedan is powered by a 270-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 295 pounds-feet of torque. Zero-to-60 mph is estimated at 6.7 seconds.

In particular, Hagerty cited Buick's decision to offer 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."

Rounding out Hagerty's top 10 Buicks:

-- 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

Will the 2012 Regal GS endure the test of time and become a collectable? I don't know.

But the buzz certainly won't hurt Regal sales.

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