“How do you get a Corvette inside a station wagon?” one listing on ClassicCars.com muses. “Just buy a Buick Roadmaster Estate wagon.”
The Pick of the Day is a 1995 Buick Roadmaster Estate Limited station wagon listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Livonia, Michigan. (Click the link to view the listing)
This Roadmaster could be pictured in the dictionary next to the word “sleeper.” What appears to be an unassuming wood-paneled, whitewall-tired family hauler is in fact powered by a Corvette-derived LT1 V8 with sequential point fuel-injection. At 260 horsepower, this 4,700-pound wagon moves with authority for a vehicle of its size. The LT1 in question was not exactly a copy-paste of the Corvette’s powerplant, since the Roadmaster had a unique camshaft profile and distinct heads. Power goes to the rear through a column-shifted four-speed 4L60 automatic transmission.
The Roadmaster name has a rich history in the Buick model lineup, consistently heralded as the flagship of the brand and dating all the way back to 1936 when it replaced the outgoing “Series 80.” Various generations followed until 1959 when it was phased out. Over 30 years later, the 1991 Roadmaster made a comeback on the General Motors B-body platform as a four-door sedan and four-door estate station wagon, which brings us to today’s feature.
This example shows just over 80,000 miles on the odometer which qualifies it as a low-miler considering its nearly 30-year age. Even the tan leather interior appears to be well-kept for its age. Interior appointments are vast, including automatic climate control, embroidered floor mats, power options, and seating for seven thanks to the rear-facing jump seat in the far back.
I found the seller’s following paragraph the best way to summarize the Roadmaster’s appeal:
“The Buick Roadmaster Estate makes for one of the ultimate sleepers. No one’s going to suspect that the wood-paneled family appliance idling in the lane next to them is packing C4 Corvette artillery under the hood – unless they hear those eight cylinders singing out of your dual tailpipes, that is.”
In the case of this car, it looks like someone has added an LT1 front license plate and some subtle badging on of the rear quarters that give it away, too.
The seller is asking $15,900 or best offer for this hot-rod wagon.