This next car comes as a tip from BarbPaddles who writes: Dealers are no doubt hungry in this ‘pandemic economy’ for such unique stuff. 5000+ pounds of American family cruising that anyone can service/maintain. Strangely during this coronacrisis dealers have seen used car prices increase, but that shouldn’t stop you from buying something like an undisputedly wood covered Buick wagon. Find this 1990 Buick Estate Wagon offered for $12,900 in Traverse City, MI via Hemmings.
I saw this next car and thought to myself; another 3-row, 8-passenger, wood paneled Buick station wagon from the mid 90s, must be a Roadmaster…except that it didn’t have the space ship styling or the longitudinally mounted V8 engine. Could it be possible that Buick thought the market for 8 passenger station wagons was so great in 1994 that they needed to offer multiple levels of wagonness. This wasn’t 1965…what were they thinking? I’m not sure, but what am I sure of is that I love the idea of an A-body with transverse mounted Buick V6 that was designed in the 1970s (this generation lasted from 1982-1996) was still available for sale in 1994 with wood sides and a set of rear facing jump seats. Find this 1994 Buick Century Wagon offered for $2,850 in Somers, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The strangest car you could find in a Buick dealer in 1972 wasn’t a Buick…but it did have styling that was hilariously similar to the Corvette and used transverse leaf spring suspension like the Vette. But where the size was 7/8ths scale of the Vette, the engine was only 1/8th the size, so performance isn’t exactly blistering…but GM sold an astonishing 103k example of these little West Germany assembled oddballs from 1968-1973. Today’s example has a nifty looking body kit and is offered at a premium price for a GT. Find this 1972 Opel GT offered for $14,995 in St Augustine, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
When I first started reading about this next car, I have to admit that it got my nose crinkled up a bit. Why would you put a later V6 into a classic American muscle car when V8 power/torque/noise is so affordable…and then I thought…because you can. And because the Buick Grand National V6 was a turbocharged thing of beauty and not some junky Camry/Accord fuel saver. Nose un-crinkled, acknowledging positive head bob engaged. Find this 1968 Buick Skylark Buick V6 Turbo swapped offered for $14,999 in Lindenhurst, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car has an interesting color. I thought it looks like the color looks like a classic rotary telephone or a beige known as cosmic latte…which is what scientists argue is the net average color of the universe if you combined all the photons coming in from visible galaxies. I thought this was a profound answer to this question until Kaibeezy told me this color reminded him of his grandma — who grew up in a very poor part of the universe where tea bags would be reused 3-4 times and tea would be mostly milk (sugar added when she immigrated to America and could afford such luxury) — so the correct color of this is “very milky tea.” Find this 1961 Buick Special Sedan offered for $8000 in Westside Los Angeles, CA (or Lake Arrowhead?) via craigslist.
I’ll be the first to admit that there is an abundance of sketchy stuff and dodgy sellers on eBay. If they aren’t straight up scammers, then you’ve got people like the guys who show pictures of bikini clad ladies or regular classic car dealers who know how to polish a turd better than the assistant curator of the museum of scatology…but this next car is sold by a seller with the user name…wait for it…fiero-phil. Yup. This guy is the real-deal…and he is so confident in his real-deal-ness that he doesn’t even include a single word in the body of the ebay ad…and I still like it. Impressive. Find this 1990 Buick Reatta bidding for $1600 in Coventry, RI with 2 days to go via eBay.
I’m thinking of changing the name of this site from Daily Turismo to Daily Buickismo…because I’ve become slightly obsessed with 90s/2000s era Buick for daily driver needs. Every time a non-car person that I know buys a brand new car, a little bit of me dies inside…because they didn’t need to shell out $30k for a car that gives them the same driving experience as a 90s Buick. Sure, a new car gets slightly better fuel economy (gas is cheap…and who’s driving anywhere far these days?), and a new car has all kinds of fancy lane guidance gizmos that you’ll turn off because they are annoying anyway. And a new car won’t leave you stranded…oh…wait…they do. Electronic gizmos are causing more problems with cars these days, read this advertisement filled article on the Chicago Tribune and this letter to the editor in automotive news…anyway…stay away from new cars and buy this cheap Buick if you want reliability and comfort without Apple CarPlay and integrated body temperature monitoring. Find this 2005 Buick LeSabre Custom bidding for $5,000 with 4 days to go in Philadelphia, PA via eBay.
Stepping into a Buick dealer in 1992 and looking at the 2-door coupes must have been a strange experience. Starting at the bottom end of the cost spectrum you could get an ugly compact thing called a Skylark based on the N-body. Too small– so you upsize to a mid sized Century coupe and maybe find an unsold LeSabre coupe from a previous model year, or an unsold ’91 Reatta if you are feeling more sporty. You could also get a Riviera Coupe (with available Buick Graphic Control) which fit into the personal luxury coupe market segment…but if you really wanted the sportiest coupe from 1992 there was only one answer…the Buick Regal GS. It wasn’t just Sport…it was Gran (not Grand) Sport. Find this 1992 Buick Regal GS Coupe offered for $3995 in Ft Myers, FL via craigslist.
The third generation (1968-1974) Chevrolet Nova was categorized in GM’s fleet as a compact but with a 111 inch wheelbase and a 189 inch overall length was anything but compact. GM’s eye on the market was also anything but compact and they released corporate cousins in the Buick Apollo, Oldsmobile Omega, and Pontiac Ventura…and those cousins are much cheaper on the used market today compared to the more well known Nova. Find this 1973 Buick Apollo offered for $6,800 in Knoxville, TN via craigslist.
This next car is personal…not because I have any interest, ownership, or investment in this particular car — but because it is a car that looks to have one wheel in the local classic car scene and another in the junk yard. It has some rust in the wheel wells and it doesn’t have the […]