We Want to Hit Trash Cans with This 5,600-Mile 1994 Buick Roadmaster Wagon
It's for sale, too, so perhaps our dream can come true.
Update: This 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate sold for $24,200, about $1,500 shy of it's MSRP when new. That may sound like the original buyer didn't do too badly, but just think what that amount invested in a DOW index fund would be worth today.
Imagine buying a brand-new 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate wagon only to put a total of 5,600 miles on the odometer by 2019. It's a rare circumstance, but that's exactly the fate of Lot 67 at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction. The best part is this time-capsule Roadmaster Estate is being sold at no reserve, meaning the high bid is guaranteed to buy the car.
The Buick Roadmaster is one of the American luxury brand's most distinguished nameplates and it was resurrected in 1991 after a 33-year hiatus. Essentially, the previous Buick Estate wagon was renamed the Roadmaster estate in that year, keeping its GM "B platform" full-size, rear-wheel-drive architecture. This 1994 Roadmaster Estate features the faux wood exterior trim that was standard to the model (or deleted for an invoice credit) and had several improvements from its launch year, including a 260-hp 5.7-liter LT1 V-8 engine (the same basic engine used in some C4 Corvettes) and a electronically controlled GM 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission. 1994 also saw the introduction of dual front airbags and a slight interior refresh.
This particular car is also specified with the factory towing package, which included a limited-slip differential, self-leveling suspension, and a heavy-duty cooling system with separate radiators for both oil and transmission. Roadmaster Wagons were rated by General Motors to tow up to 7,000 under the right conditions. This car also features the rear-facing third row seat, meaning you can pack up to nine people including the driver in this '90s land yacht. Suffice it to say, this is your grandfather's Buick, quite different from today's Regal TourX.
According to Barrett-Jackson, this Roadmaster Estate is original right down to the tires (you should definitely get those replaced if you intend to actually, you know, drive the thing) and we're guessing this could be the nicest example left in existence. Obviously, a premium is likely to be paid for this Roadmaster's low mileage and like-new condition, which leads us to believe the new owner will want to preserve the value by keeping the miles low and road time minimal. While we'd rather see this Roadmaster out mastering the road, family of six plus a dog on board, Airstream trailer in-tow, we do understand that cars are only original once—and this one is likely to be so for a long, long time. So, uh, maybe it isn't a good idea to go hit trash cans with it.
Tune in to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas live on the MotorTrend Network and don't miss this 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate wagon selling on Thursday, October 3.