We’re intrigued by this 1989 Buick Electra Station wagon we found on Craigslist in July 2019 in Plumstead Township, Pennsylvania where the private seller is currently asking $4,500 or best offer for this wagon. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range as $1,350, $2,975, and $3,975, respectively. We’re intrigued by this car because the title of the post is just as much a “sleeper” as the car itself.
Avid followers of GWR may be thinking “Why aren’t you giving this Electra a “NEW!” (“No Effin Way!) award and the reason lies under the hood: the private seller states there is a Mondello Performance Oldsmobile 403 cubic inch crate engine putting out roughly 300hp! Power is sent through a TCI street fighter 200R4 transmission with a 2200 rpm stall converter that is connected to 4.11 posi-traction rear end. In other words, this wagon screams “Hot Rod Sleeper!” and it’s no surprise the private seller calls his Electra “The Muscle Wagon. We love that the owner kept the original aluminum wheels on his Electra and the only clue about the powertrain lurking underneath (other than the sound of it when running) is the subtle gold “6.6 Litre” badges borrowed from a late 70’s Pontiac Trans Am.
Oddly, the seller does not provide pictures of the engine and it’s clear this is a project car that needs interior work but if you can get it for $4,000 you have quite the foundation for what can be a very cool restomod. Good luck with the purchase!