Your Ride: 1996 Buick Roadmaster
In 1939, Buick's idea for a fast, muscular car to compete with Cadillac's of the day came in the form of the Series 80 Roadmaster. From the beginning, it was clear that the largest non-limousine-based vehicles did posses the look and size to take on more luxurious automakers, but unlike others, the price was a bargain at only $1,255– $440 less than Cadillac. In 1991, after a 33 year hiatus, Buick and General Motors brought back the Roadmaster in hopes that the classic nameplate would attract buyers to the largest, most luxurious vehicle in the lineup. For the most part, it did. The eighth generation proved to be one of Buick's most fruitful and recognizable ventures. One of our readers, Craig sent in his ride; a 1996 "Collectors Edition" Buick Roadmaster. With faux-wood vinyl trimming as standard and an estate-sized rump, it's easy to see how this wagon soon became a cult classic.
BoldRide: How did you acquire your ride? Craig: I bought it on eBay in 2009. It was the first car I’d ever bought in an auction. Worked out pretty well, actually. What drew you to it when you bought it? I’m a fan of GM’s B-Body cars. This is the fourth I’ve owned. I really liked the LT1 V-8 that was standard in these cars by 1996. It was in decent enough shape. For a long time, these wagons were pretty expensive, but the price had dropped to the point where I was willing to buy it. Does it have a name? I don’t name cars. I also don’t refer to it as “she.” I have a lot of inanimate objects that I enjoy owning (a radial arm saw, a pneumatic nailer, several guitars) that I haven’t considered naming, either. What do you feel like when you drive it? A middle-aged bald guy who owns a station wagon.
What you would change about your car, if anything? I wish it was one of the other colors available that year. You could get them in blue with a blue interior that I thought was very cool. The black with maroon interior was nice, too. What have you done to make it a bolder ride? Lots of window decals. I just put on American Racing TorqThrust wheels, with 235s. They fill up the wheelwells nicely. I had considered 17-inch Impala SS wheels, but I’m glad I went this direction. Dream accessory for it and why? I’d like to be able to hear the exhaust. Not too loud and droning, just a little rumble. Thanks to Craig for letting us share his ride! Want us to feature your ride? Click here to find out how