Wide Wheels: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate – Sold?

by | Jul 2021 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

August 10, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

July 2, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the seller of this Buick Roadmaster just replaced their original listing with a fresh one containing the same description, price, and pictures.

The Roadmaster name returned to the Buick line for the 1991 model year after a 33-year absence, with the third generation Buick Estate wagon becoming the Roadmaster Estate.  As with its precursor, Buick based the new Roadmaster Estate wagon on GM’s full-size rear-wheel-drive B platform, which was closely related to the GM C-body and D-body chassis reserved for top-of-the-line Buicks and Cadillacs.  After making do with inadequate small-block V8s the first two production years, Buick upped the ante for 1994 by replacing those engines with a new 5.7L unit derived from the 300 horsepower LT1 debuted in the 1992 Chevrolet Corvette.  It differed in the use of iron heads for durability, camshafts tuned for increased low-end torque, and intake silencers to decrease drive-by noise.  While installed in part to better comply with emissions and fuel-economy standards, the LT1 V8 not only offered an eighty horsepower power increase but raised rated fuel economy by one mile-per-gallon, to 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway. As a result of this significantly boosted engine output, General Motors limited the softer-riding Roadmaster (which ran on lower speed-rated tires than used on the Corvette) to a top speed of 108 miles per hour.

Fitted with big wheels and a lowered suspension, these final examples of full-size, rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame, station wagons look positively badass, as this example originally listed in June of 2021 on Craigslist in Glennville, Pennsylvania (York) proves. Offered at only $4,600 currently, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Roadmaster priced three hundred dollars less than this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $4,900.

Not only does this Buick come with great-looking twenty-inch rims, the seller includes a picture of the factory rims that we assume will be included as part of the sale. While the carpet and floor mats exhibit stains and wear befitted a nearly 200K driver, we were shocked at how fresh the light tan leather interior looks on this example, so you’ll need to confirm whether the seller redid or restored the hides. 

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Car runs and drives perfect……….
Ice cold air conditioning………..
New PA inspection, good through July 2022………
Recent oil change, recent transmission fluid, and filter change, also brake fluid and differential service……..
Car is well maintained and ready for many road trips…………
Car is lowered with 20″ Billet Specialties wheels……….
Factory original wheels also included………..
LT-1 5.7 V8….

Show or go: what would you do with this LT1-powered Buick?  Comment below and let us know!

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