It’s not long ago that station wagons of this vintage were among the furthest things from what could be considered a desirable car. Yet here we are, smack between Gen X’ers who want to relive their high school days and Baby Boomers who want to capture that nostalgic feeling of hauling the family on vacation. Whatever it is, there’s definitely renewed interest in vehicles like this 1988 Buick LeSabre Estate Wagon here on eBay and showing just 28,919 miles.
In some ways, it’s not surprising that this LeSabre is already approaching a $10,000 bid with just over a day left in the auction. There are common threads between most of the more popular enthusiast cars, which are: easy to work on; cheap / easy to find parts for; enables you to enjoy something you haven’t previously (i.e., load up the back with four friends AND your new couch); and stirs up good vibes from passengers and passers-by alike. At least that’s my formula, and it works well for vehicles like this LeSabre.
You are never too far from a woodgrain finish of some kind in an estate wagon like this Buick. The low mileage seems to be a big reason as to why the fake wood both inside the car and out still looks as good as it does, along with the rest of the interior. Blue cloth is used liberally throughout but still appears to be in great condition. The seller emphasizes that the overall cosmetic condition is indicative of a low mileage car, and I don’t have any reason to doubt him; however, a test drive will reveal whether the suspension and transmission components are operating as well as the seller lets on.
Wow – practically acres of space in back, and the front bench still makes it possible for three people to ride up front. Utility and comfort! And what you don’t see is the rear-facing third row that rises up out of the cargo bay. When you look at the ferrying and carrying capacity of this LeSabre, it’s no wonder they were a namesake for many years for family travel. For someone looking for an emerging classic that still offers plenty of practicality, a vintage wagon in many forms will work – but make sure it has woodgrain trim and whitewall tires.