You know what they say: If one huge optimistically priced GM station wagon is good, then two must be better! But this next wagon is no ordinary thing built from the GM parts bin because it is built on the 1942-1948 Roadmaster chassis and features a 320 cubic inch Fireball straight-8 under that ginormous hood. It won’t be fast, but you’ll get there in style. Find this 1948 Buick Roadmaster Ambulance offered for $17,000 in Hacienda Heights, CA via craigslist.
You’ve heard the term “trash panda” as a derogatory term for our friend the raccoon — but I’ve got a new one for ya; The “dumpster unicorn.” That is a car that is indeed a rare thing, but should be recycled into fridge magnets. Or it is a pipe of parts in a bin that could be turned into a rare mythical beast. This next car is a 4th generation Buick Century — I’ve probably not seen one on the road for a good 20 years (for good reason?) but this next version is the rarest of the rare because it has a turbo V6. Find this 1979 Buick Century Turbo Coupe offered for $3,500 in Catskill, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The first generation Buick Regal was just a version of the full-sized Century with some extra options, but in 1978 Buick introduced a new Regal on a downsized A-body (later renamed to G-Body in 1982) that was hit. GM sold plenty when new and today they have a strong cult following — with many owners modifying them to look cleaner and boosting the horsepower of the original V6 or V8 engines. This next one has a late model LS based 5.3 small block (probably an LM7) and is certainly a hoot to drive. Find this 1983 Buick Regal bidding on eBay for $6,700 with 5 days to go located in Natchez, MN.
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.