1980 Buick Regal alert! Southbound 77 just north of 480.
My dad traded in his 1972 Cadillac Sedan deVille for one of these and regretted it every second of every day that he had it. I was actually quite fairly fond of it. I found it much easier to handle than that block long Caddy. Better on gas too although not as good on gas as Dad thought it was going to be. Now, when, and I kid you not, you're getting THREE miles to the gallon anything is an improvement but Dad thought the little car with a new fangled V-6 (actually not that new fangled) would get better than average 14 miles per gallon. Oh well. These little cars, built between 1978 and 1980 came with a wide variety of GM V-6 and V-8 engines. A 1981 redesign came with exclusive V-6 power. This included a turbo charged V-6 that would ultimately develop into the now legendary Buick Grand National and GNX.
These cars make GREAT hot rods. They're very light at approximately 3200 pounds which is about the same weight as today's Corvette. They have huge engine compartments that can swallow just about anything you want and (the best part!) they're rear wheel drive! Yeah! I've seen these things and the very similar Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Olds Cutlass and Pontiac Grand Prix hopped up with everything from a blown Iron Duke to SBC Chevy to big block Buick 455.
I bought a 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix as a station car years ago when I lived on Long Island and commuted to Manhattan. When my wife found out my plans to hot rod it she quickly rejected the purchase orders for the build out. I quickly sold it.