Listed on Craigslist in July 2019 was this truly unique 1988 Buick LeSabre Wagon Indy 500 Pace Car Replica in Neconset, New York (Long Island) where the private seller asked $7,900. Based on the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide, the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for this Estate is currently only $1,200, $2,650, and $3,775, so we think the seller deserves our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!) Award for thinking pace car livery will make his wagon double in value. We believe this is one of the two examples featured here on BarnFinds.com which could be had then for a package “deal” of $15,500. Looks like he was only able to find one buyer so far…
In 1986 while Buick redesigned the LeSabre Sedan and Coupe on GM’s new front wheel drive H Body platform shared with the Oldsmobile Delta 88 and Pontiac Bonneville, the rear wheel drive, B-Body based LeSabre wagon continued virtually unchanged through 1990 when it was quietly canceled. Savvy Indy racing fans (or those skilled in the use of Google) recall that a front wheel drive Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible paced the race, so what is exactly the deal with this example? Apparently, the owner love the livery of the “Free Spirit” Buick Indy Pace Cars from 1975 and subsequently used those cars as the inspiration for his two creations.
Cool graphics aside, the seller states that the 307 cubic inch V8 “runs perfect with no leaks.” Recent repairs include a new battery and a radiator flush. The seller also reports that the air conditioning “works great” and that he just replaced the headliner. One odd note is that following the install of a different ring gear posi-traction unit, the seller claims the odometer is off by 1.15 miles for each one driven, so the car’s true mileage is lower than what’s stated on the dashboard. The original ring gear set is included as part of the sale. The sale also includes new old stock (“NOS”) bumper fillers that need to be painted prior to replacing the cracked units.
While this LeSabre’s pace car livery will make a great conversation piece at any car show, we don’t think it doubles the car’s value. Apparently, the rest of the collectible car world agrees as the seller continues to find the right buyer. Now if this already had a completed LS swap at this price, the seller would not have any trouble finding a buyer. We hope someone out there is willing to give this LeSabre a new home and we wish him luck with the purchase!