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February 6, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Posted in November 2019 on Craigslist in East Meadow, New York (Long Island) was this white faux woodgrain over red velour, 86k original mile, 1995 Buick Roadmaster Estate station Wagon the private seller asked $7,500 for. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows that the current price is $1,400 above the #3 “Good” estimate of $6,100.
1995 was the second last year of production for the GM full-frame classic wagons (think Buick Roadmaster, Chevrolet Caprice, and Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser) such as the example presented here. The private seller states that his Roadmaster is equipped with the factory towing package, which means with the Corvette-derived LT1 V8 under the hood this station wagon can tow up to 7,000 pounds by doing the following: install a weight-distributing hitch, dual sway controls, setting rear tire pressure to 35 PSI, and disabling the Electronic Level Control. The towing package added 2.93 rear-axle gears and a limited-slip differential, a heavy-duty cooling system including oil and transmission coolers, and a factory-installed self-leveling rear suspension consisting of air shocks, a height sensor between the rear axle and body, and an on-board air compressor. Most visibly, a pair of electric fans offset to the left under the hood was replaced by the combination of one conventional fan-driven mechanically from the engine alongside one electric fan. The current caretaker points out he had a “super heavy duty” trailer hitch professionally installed and while he’s never used it, his wagon is ready to take advantage of its towing capacity.
The current caretaker describes the original owner as an aircraft accident investigator who “meticulously maintained” this car for its 20 years on the salt-free roads of Virginia before he bought it and brought it back to Long Island. The current caretaker states he only uses his Roadmaster on nice summer days to drive to his boat; consequently, that’s the reason he’s considering selling it. The seller reports he has every piece of factory documentation including the original window sticker and boldly states, “I would not hesitate to drive to California or Canada tonight.”
This appears to be a great example of an LT1-powered Roadmaster that you can enjoy for years to come. Good luck with the purchase!
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