・Tough V8 has just been serviced ・Interior unlike any European cars of the time
The Roadmaster name goes back to the 1930s, originally built on Buick’s longest limousine chassis and shared their structure with low level Cadillacs, which was for a long time the Buick flagship model. The model returned to the line up after a 33 year break in 1991 first as an estate and then a saloon in 1992. It was based on GM’s full size B Platform, reserved for top of the line models and was the largest Buick available.
Power came from the legendary Chevy small block, in 1993 the 5.7 made 180bhp, it was also rated to tow 2300kg in sedan form.
Cars like this were on the way out though, and this was amongst the last of the big body on frame barges, most other cars had gone to monocoque shells and SUVs were starting to eat into the large car market at this level and the model was discontinued in 1996 and not directly replaced, making these an important bookmark in automotive history as well as an incredible comfortable way to travel.
This car was owned by a British expat living in Florida who brought it back to the UK with him when he came home, so he knew it to be a solid, rust free car from a fairly dry state and its history was good enough to take the trouble to import it to Britain and sort out the changes for driving on the left, mostly alerting and adding lights, and to pay the IVA fees and import duty.
The current owner knew of the car when it came up for sale in 2017 and having owned several large American cars before decided it would be fun to own for a while.
He has had it a couple of years now, but is now planning to move house and is looking to move to a smaller British sports car.
There isn't much of a paper trail with this car, but the current owner knew the previous keeper and so also the car, and that it was well cared for in that time. Sadly no service records from its life in the States remain, beyond the Florida title papers and a picture of it basking in the sun back in 2016. The current owner has kept on top of service and maintenance and has records of all he has done as well as several MOTs.
The puffed up marshmallow interior is very much of its time and something that's really missing from modern cars. The light tan leather is soft and welcoming, multi-way electrically adjustable in the front and in generally very good condition. There are just a couple of small holes worn on the edge of the driver's seat. The carpets look clean and unworn and the door cards, architectural marvels in their own right, are in great shape. They are loaded with carpet, leather and wood as well as plenty of buttons and lights. The dashboard is in good shape, again trimmed with wood and fitted with an Alpine head unit which has a 10 disk CD changer in the boot. The boot carpet doesn’t lift and has only a few marks. The spare wheel sits in the back of the huge trunk under a carpet cover, and the removable towbar is in there.
The dash top, headlining and parcel shelf all look good.
This is an original 27 year old car so shows a few small marks but is in more than presentable condition all round. There are only a few stone chips on the front and walking around just one small bubble on the paint of the boot lid was noticed. There is a scrape to the front bumper as the car was recently nudged but otherwise the car is unmarked. The metallic brown stripe was added by the last owner some time ago, perhaps in the style of the wood panels found on station wagons. It has flaked a little bit around a door handle but otherwise looks good, and the Buick is also signed with big chrome side strips and silver pinstripes edging the brown. The drivers door mirrors - objects in may appear closer - has some flaking black paint, the passenger side one has not done the same though.
The grill and bonnet badge are in great shape and at the back there is an electric aerial which works as it should. The car has aftermarket hubcaps, and appears to have had different non standard ones in Florida as well. The tyres are not very old and haven’t done many miles. Under the car is very original, it looks solid and rust free, the new owner may well want to underseal it but as it stands you can see the good condition of the chassis.
In 2018 it was fitted with a new water pump and radiator, a fairly costly exercise, as well as a set of whitewall tyres from Northants tyres - the go to shop for American size car tyres, and the car had a new battery and service late 2019 but didn't drive very far in 2020 so has just had a fresh service last month ready for sale. The Chevy small block is a strong and almost unbreakable engine, and has had regular service so should run well for many years, and the body on frame construction is tough as well.
Big American cars like this are a slice of pure Americana, soft sprung dinosaurs from an age we won't see again, not long past but feels like an age ago, and driving in one of these evokes not just the ‘90s but much of the late 20th century. The sound of the V8 is something no car lover could ever tire of, and the economy isn't as bad as you might expect and these are relatively affordable to keep on the road. Older V8 barges have risen in value hugely in the last few years but the 90s examples have yet to climb, so now is the time to grab one, they won't be making any more like this. These may have been the Granada, well more Omega, of the USA but they are almost non existent in the UK so you can be driving in one of the most exclusive cars on the road in this Buick.
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