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 |  Dec 06 2012, 6:32 PM

Hurricane Sandy was the most devastating blow to classic car collecting ever according to Hagerty Insurance.

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 |  Feb 06 2012, 5:02 PM

When it comes to cars, what defines collectibility? In many cases it’s often a vehicle that breaks the mold, or one that delivers more style and sizzle compared to its more pedestrian counterparts.

In the case of the 2012 Buick Regal GS, which packs a 270 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine and can be teamed with a six-speed manual, that’s definitely true. Few cars have done as much to shake off the old fogey aura that’s characterized Buicks for the last two decades, than this spunky sedan.

Now, collector car insurance heavyweight Hagerty is singing the car’s praises too, a statement from the company said 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.”

This is particularly significant for GM’s North America President Mark Reuss, not only because it puts Buick back on the map, but also because it marks a fitting tribute to the legacy of his father, Lloyd Reuss. As Buick Division General Manager in the 1980s, the elder Reuss helped spearhead the development of the all-conquering Regal Turbos; cars that are now coveted collectibles, especially the 1987 GNX, which at the time of its debut was the fastest accelerating car in America (0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds according to Car & Driver).

“The Regal GS is a unique and thrilling vehicle for the Buick brand,” said 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.”

The Regal GS now joins Hagerty’s annual “Hot List” of the 10 most collectible Buicks of all time, which besides the 1987 GNX, include the 1932 Model 90 Sport Phaeton, the 1936 Model 66C Century convertible (the so-called Banker’s Hot Rod); the 1940 Super Model 49 Estate Wagon; 1947 Roadmaster Estate Wagon; 1949 Roadmaster convertible; 1953 Skylark convertible; 1963 Riviera coupe and 1970 GSX Stage 1 (widely believed to be the quickest of all factory built four-seater muscle cars).

In order to make the Hot List, Hagerty says a vehicle “must be geared toward the driving enthusiast beyond just being a form of transportation. 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.”