The price tag on this next piece of American iron is sky high…because 12 grand is a colossal pile of cash to spend on a 94-96s Buick Roadmaster that isn’t the sweet sweet 8 passenger wagon version. But the sedan does comfortably seat 6 humans and this is about the nicest LT1 powered Roadmaster you’ll find in your local retirement community parking garage. Find this 1994 Buick Roadmaster offered for $12,000 in Philadelphia, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I find myself oddly trapped by the gravitational pull of this next car. It isn’t the faded khaki paint or the dirty faux-wire wheel caps that gets me…or the furry vinyl landau roof…no…it is the Buick graphic control. It is the funky monochromatic dash mounted 9-inch CRT that has 6 buttons for you to cycle through and enjoy a sight of the past’s future. Find this 1989 Buick Riviera offered for $4,200 in Dahlonega, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.
The passenger cabin of this next vehicle looks like a ride at an old fashioned amusement park or a county fair. It probably also drives like an old fashioned amusement park ride on the street, which is going to be both rickety and thrilling in equal proportions. I approve. Find this 1929 Ford Woody offered for $5,250 in Brewster, MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
The 1965-1967 Buick Special was an intermediate sized thing built on the body-on-frame platform known internally at GM as the A-body, shared with the Skylark, Chevelle, Cutlass, and LeMans. If you find one of these cool wagons with the raised roof with the vista windows, it is known as a SportWagon, but without the crazy glass roof panels it just a Special. Find this 1967 Buick Special Wagon offered for $18000 in Scottsbluff, NE via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from BarbP who writes: Not your fathers Oldsmobile…but your Grandmother’s 1993 Buick, and CannonBall ready; already in CA. Every ‘statie out there’ will assume you’re late for BINGO. Has the 3800 V6 that has been on Wards 10 Best List for the last 85 years and backed up by 4speed tranny. Mileage?: at 26,276 miles, that’s a negative 12,562 miles per year average per USDoT. Tesla-like: Just hard-wire the Resuscitation Package (option code Y11) to the electronic trans and file for a tax-rebate. In fact, what many don’t know is that the Buick Grand National was a tribute to Grandmothers across the Nation at the time, hence, the GNX. You will ‘flow-like-water’ in this ride so wear protection. Find this 1993 Buick LeSabre bidding for $4500 via Hemmings Auctions in Port Hueneme, CA with 2 days to go.
The Buick LeSabre had the honor of being the best selling “full sized” car in North America when it was discontinued in 2004. Why Buick discontinued a best seller or why a Buick would have been a best seller in 2004 is lost to me, but the fact remains that boat loads of old folks bought new full sized Buicks for decades (at least before Lexus/Acura appeared on the scene with more reliable and better product to sell.) The result is a regular supply of lightly used Buicks of semi-recent vintage when the owners kick the bucket. Find this 1997 Buick LeSabre offered in Lenoir City, TN for $3499 via classiccars.com. Tip from BarbP.
I wonder if people who purchased the touch screen equipped ’89 Riviera thought that they were living in the future. iPhones and touch screens might be commonplace today, but back in 1989, only NASA and Hollywood studio sets had touch screens, so buyers of the Buick Riviera and Reatta were living in the future with a touchscreen CRT display that controlled the stereo, AC, fan, and heater. Unfortunately, the future was very uncomfortable because the touchscreen was buggy and prone to sticking the heater full on or full off exactly when you didn’t expect or want it…not exactly desirable, but as an automotive oddity, I love to have one. Find this 1989 Buick Riviera offered for $2500 in Woodstock, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The asking price for this next car is somewhat below what you would expect to pay for a perfectly painted classic piece of American muscle, but if you are looking for something that is orange creamsicle colored AND you don’t care for concours perfect paint…this could be your car. It is hard to tell from the photos, but a if this is a good paint job, and mechanical elements are well sorted, this would be a deal. Find this 1972 Buick Skylark offered for $11,900 in Ocean Beach, CA via craigslist.
In 1994 the Buick Roadmaster got a massive powerplant upgrade when it ditched the old L03/L05 V8 and replaced it with an LT1 V8 that had more horsepower, more torque, and better fuel economy. It shared the LT1 with the Corvette, which was always available with some kind of T-top or removable roof option, so this next car makes some kinda sense, in a twisted chassis kinda way. Find this 1996 Buick Roadmaster offered for $3850 in Chicopee, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If a 1965 isn’t the best year for automobiles of all time, then I don’t know what year is better. Take this next car, it is a Buick Skylark that still has a reasonable curb weight and clean styling (later A-Body Buicks were heavier and chunkier) but is modern enough that you don’t have to deal with wacky engineering like a late ’50s car or complex emissions equipment like ’70s junk. It should have seat belts and with the addition of dual-circuit master cylinder (and discs up front) it should be totally drivable in 2020 or 2050 or 2065. Try that with a car from any other year. Find this 1965 Buick Skylark offered for $10,900 in La Mesa, CA via craigslist.