IF you’re willing to do without an LT1 engine, Buick Roadmaster wagons are reasonably priced. Taxis and police cars from that era were blessed with interchangeable parts; there were literally millions of parts for this powertrain combination, and they were all built to last. A car like the Roadmaster would in fact be the perfect cheap car for the long haul– if only you lived near an oil well.
So, please GM…hear me Mary Barra….you’re one of us; steer GM back to what the company was good at by bringing back the Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon, please!
The Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon was God’s gift to Perry Como fans, the last of the great all-American trucksters. It was also my gift to the family for last year’s Christmas vacation road trip. I figured I’d nix my penchant for narrow European wagons to forestall the cantankerous habits of our two darling creatures. They needed space. We needed space… and boy, did this car have space!
18 feet long, nearly 7 feet wide, and 5 feet tall, the Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon could not only turn into a love nest for randy adolescents but could also comfortably seat 9 crazed teens, a cooler, and all the beach paraphernalia needed for a trip to the Jersey shore. With simulated wood grain panels (vinyl) on the side and back, the station wagon wasn’t exactly a teen’s dream car but the vehicle had many great attributes: roomy, fast, and indistinguishable from the other 40 station wagons parked in the high school parking lot. Life was good but all good things seem to come to an end.
|Production year||1993 - 1997|
|Engine||5.7 i V8 (264 HP)|