The Buick Roadmaster name was first used in 1931 but fell into oblivion after the 1958 model year. It was revived in 1990 as a full-sized dinosaur station wagon that defied all convention in a time when everybody was downsizing and building unibody things. In 1994, the Buick Roadmaster got a massive powerplant upgrade when […]
Part of the appeal of this next car is that it is entirely unassuming. It really looks the part of a mid-80s family wagon with some 2-barrel carb fed V8 from the era of no-fun. At least when it’s air ride suspension is at normal height. The interior is also some stock sweet muppet skin […]
This next classic wagon might remind you of Buick’s “sporty” SportWagon from the 1960s, but the Estate Wagon was a gigantic thing built on the full-sized LeSabre chassis. Power comes from a 455 cubic inch (7.5 liter) V8 engine that can barely push around the 5000 lb beast. Find this 1970 Buick Estate Wagon offered […]
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!
The is one of the few times that I’m going to feature a car and rave about it, but advise you not to buy it. Because this car represents a discontinuity in the automotive landscape and not because it is massive enough to start forming a black hole…but because it is so close to being perfect. Let’s start with the good — it is a B-Body Buick Roadmaster that were sold from 1991 to 1996 and it has a gorgeous wood paneling — actually, some people find the wood paneling to be tacky, but this example has “wood” in nice nick. It is also low miles and the ONLY thing holding it back is that it was born one year too early. In 1993 the Roadmaster was powered Chevy L05 V8…which is a slovenly hunk of pig iron, good for something like 180 horsepower, and if it it had been born one year later, it would have gotten a 260 horsepower LT1 V8 which takes it from zero to hero. So, in conclusion, nice car, great shape, wrong engine, don’t buy it. You’ll be better off waiting for a 1994-1996 Roadmaster. Find this 1993 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon offered for $6,999 in Easton, PA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: Wood grain, velour, anemic V8 and some of the finest exhaust fumes to waft through an open rear window this side of chernobyl. Whats not to like? Here ya go. You had me at Chernobyl. Find this 1988 Buick Electra Estate Wagon offered for $1800 in […]
by CFlo Let me start this with a disclaimer: I never thought I’d be a “V8 guy.” My family history in cars is heavily biased towards small, fun to drive imports or practical utility vehicles with 4 or 6-cylinder engines. Dad had an Alfa Giulia, a Fiat 124 Spider, and now cruises in a Nissan […]
In 1991 Buick revived the Roadmaster name for one last hurrah before putting it to bed for good at the end of 1996. It was the last of the body-on-frame full sized family wagons, where kids got to look out the back and fuel tanks drained faster than savings accounts when kids hit college age. […]
Baby Got Back. That’s all I can think of whenever I see the last big Buick wagon, the final version built from 1992 to 1996 (and its Chevy Caprice cousin). Is it a coincidence that Sir Mix-a-Lot released his immortal hit the same year the GM dropped this big-booty bomb on the world? It would […]
While not the sportiest of rides we’ve ever posted, our previously covered ’96 Roadmaster Estate Wagon, shocked several skeptics when the bidding soared from $6,100 to $16,115 in its closing day. Therefore, its fair to ask the question if that was an anomaly or an accurate reflection of the scarcity of these low mileage barges. […]