Collector Quality: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

The Buick Roadmaster Wagon (and Chevrolet Caprice wagon) was the end of the line for the American full sized body-on-frame station wagon.  It was a last hurrah for the classic American fuel drinker that wasn’t an SUV, and was built from 1991 through 1996.  Today’s Roadmaster is a white/wood Collectors Edition example with a very low odometer reading.  Find this 1994 Buick Roadmaster Wagon with 42k miles on the odometer, bidding here on eBay for $5,425 with 5 days to go, located in Glen Burnie, MD.

The Roadmaster Wagon wasn’t just an homage to Detroit steel, it was also covered in wood siding (although wood delete was a no cost option) in some kind of strange offering to the gods of yesteryear.  In the early 1930s many car passenger compartments were fabricated entirely from hardwood, so the concept of the “woodie” to showoff that wood became a “thing.”  That skeuomorphism was found on all kinds of cars starting in the post war era when steel became the norm for vehicle materials, and the Roadmaster might not have been the last vehicle to offer factory faux wood siding (probably the PT Cruiser or maybe even the Ford Flex has that honor) but it is certainly is iconic.

Under the hood is a 5.7 Liter Chevrolet LT1 small block, a de-cammed engine shared with the Vette for 1994, and rated at 260 horsepower with iron heads and a mild cam/intake.  It did feature full length dual exhaust and a healthy 335 ft-lbs of torque.  Shifting is accomplished with a 4-speed automatic gearbox, and if that is a mechanical engine fan (I can’t quite tell…) then this has the optional tow package that adds a more aggressive rear end ratio, limited slip, and self leveling rear suspension.

As with all 91-96 Roadmaster wagons, this thing is equipped with a set of rear facing seats, which can fit adults (ones that don’t get car sick riding backwards preferably) for a total of 8 seats.  The seller calls it a Collectors Edition, but that version had a unique hood ornament and was MY 1996 only.  Regardless, this is a nice example of an 8th generation Roadmaster Estate.

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