Fresh Faux: 1988 Buick Electra Estate Wagon – Sold!
There’s a simple reason why Buick continued offering its third generation Electra Estate station wagon with only minor changes for thirteen model years between 1977 and 1990: they remained popular among suburban stay-at-home moms who were used to having a comfortable full-size station wagon to haul their kids and their friends to school and around town. This 1988 version we found listed on Craigslist in Harrison City, Pennsylvania is a time capsule of the late 1988 currently being listed for $15,000 or best offer. That’s well above the current NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of only $1,677, $3,547, and $5,197, respectively and frankly near the original purchase price of this car. We’re convinced prices of these wagons are on the rise however as a similar model recently sold on Bring a Trailer for just under $10,000.
In 1977, the Buick downsized its Estate station wagon using GM’s new B-Body platform. Fast forward to the late 1980s and Buick continued to offer this very same wagon in two forms: the Electra Estate Wagon (V35) such as the example featured here and LeSabre Estate Wagon (R35). Both wagons came equipped with the 5.0 liter V8 topped with a four-barrel carburetor. A rear-facing seat providing a seat for up to eight.
This Electra brings back memories as a family member had one and while the V8 completely lacked power, it was a very comfortable car to cruise around town in. The refreshed faux wood panels on the exterior combined with the nearly flawless red velour interior make this Estate a great car to show at either a RADwood event or to enter in the AACA’s “Historical Preservation, Original Features” judging class. Regardless of the path you take with this classic station wagon, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Buick Electra Estate Wagon. Excellent condition throughout, no rust anywhere on this car, body or underside. Interior is nearly perfect, all gages and systems in working order. Brand new exhaust, tune-up and tires. The Faux wood has all been professionally replaced. If you want a wagon that you can drive daily and that qualifies as an antique, this is the car. Asking $15,000 OBO.“
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