Wagons, ho! Remember when families traveled in three-row station wagons?

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Buick Roadmaster

In the last decade of the 20th Century, an era in which minivans and sport utilities dominated the driveways of family homes, General Motors offered an alternative and resurrected the full-size station wagon.

Built on the General’s full-size rear-drive platform, and featuring three rows of seating — with the third row facing rearward, just like back in the 1960s — these wagons were sold by Chevrolet (Caprice), Oldsmobile (Custom Cruiser) and Buick (Roadmaster). 

Pick of the Day is a 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon that a private seller in Phoenix says comes with all the functionality of a Tahoe or Expedition, neither of which comes with the coolness of being a classic.

In the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the seller adds that this 70,000-mile wagon with a clean Car Fax comes with some “nice upgrades.”

From the factory it was equipped with GM’s 350cid V8 engine with 260 horsepower, good for sprinting to 60 mph in less than 9 seconds but also averaging 25 mph while cruising the highway (or 23 according to the EPA). It also has the Grand Touring suspension package, limited-slip rear differential, 5,000-pound towing package,  and a full-size car cover. Also included are leather seat covers should you prefer them to the factory velour.

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And, within the past 3,500 miles, this wagon has been fitted with Bilstein shocks, 17-inch American Racing wheels, a new AC Delco air conditioning compressor, fresh belts and hoses and fluids, tinting of the rear windows to match the Vista Roof skylight and Bluetooth audio.

“Car drives tight and right,” the seller promises. “It’s like going down the road in a very fast, quiet living room.”

The seller asks $16,500. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Once again, you did not check the quality of your grammar. On the Buick wagon, you list 25 mph where it should be 25 mPg.
    Your proofreading continues to be sub-par, and you don’t seem to care.

    • I’m curious. Why should it be ‘mPg’ instead of ‘mpg’ when It is a contracted form of ‘miles per gallon’ and all three words are written in lower case?

  2. I AM IN LOVE!!!!
    This is exactly what I have been looking for. But being a private seller, I don’t suppose there is any way to make a trade??

  3. Love wagons, since childhood vacation trips in the ’60’s- Dad had a white over bronze ’57 Nomad, Unk Don/Aunt Dot had a bright red ’66 Merc Colony Park; from Indianapolis IN to Ely and the MN Boundary Waters with tents, pop-up campers boats/canoes upside down on top, roof rack full, lil bro & cousins scuffling for the prized rear facing seat in the Merc… How did these great cars get replaced by tippy, un-styled, truck things?
    Saw a Chevy wagon of this vintage made into a two box SS, somewhat like the 442/VistaCruiser mashups. Wish I had room for some.

    • I believe the ’66 Merc wagon had the same seat arrangement as the ’66 Ford wagon: dual-facing rear seats. We sat sideways, rather than facing rearward in our ’66 Country Squire. Still, we had a blast.

  4. Larry, thanks for writing about my car!

    A nearly identical one just hammered today (Oct 3) at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas for $22,000.

    I knew these LT1 Roadmasters were sleepers, have been for a long time. Finally!

    Mine is priced at $14,500.

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