32K Mile Supercharged 1995 Buick Park Avenue Ultra

As jarring as this paint combination may seem now given the uber-boring color choices available for most cars, you knew you had something when you had a white and gold 1995 Buick Park Avenue Ultra. This 32,383-mile time capsule can be found here on eBay in Aberdeen, Maryland. The current bid price is $2,600 and there are only two days left to line up your flight to Baltimore and drive this future collector car home.

I don’t know if this gold color would go over today and that’s unfortunate. The white portion is something we all see hundreds of times a day but setting it off with a posh trim color like gold must have been the way to really show luxury in 1995. They call it beige but it’s gold in my dictionary. The Ultra was the highest trim Park Avenue a person could get, at least for these first-generation cars. The seller has uploaded a ton of great photos showing everything about this car and you have to see this interior, for 1995 it’s quite a techno-marvel.

This particular car looks like new to me, I don’t see one flaw in this car inside or out. After getting my 1984 Cadillac Seville recently, I’m drawn to this car like a Kardashian to a Brazilian butt-lift workout video. Speaking of trunks, I think I still like the mega-posh trunk on my Seville better than the somewhat-posh trunk on this Park Avenue, but it’s a close call.

The interior of this car makes me want to curl up in the fetal position from sheer awe. It’s light years nicer than my Seville in both features and plushness. This is one gorgeous, perfect-looking interior, both front and rear. This is one of those cars that you buy and just keep forever, it’s that nice and is no doubt a future collectible being a top of the line car in fantastic condition and only having 32,000 miles on it.

The puller in this Buick is GM’s famous 3800 Series II, a 231 cubic-inch V6 with 225 supercharged horsepower and 275 ft-lb of torque. Today this car would probably have 400 hp but for 1995 it was quite a ride and it still is. This is a buy-and-hold car, in my opinion, but that doesn’t mean that a person couldn’t just buy it and drive it now. With no reserve and such a low current bid price, this could end up being one inexpensive top-of-the-line luxury car.

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  1. Rube Goldberg Member

    Nice car, but why gramps needed a supercharger, is beyond me. I think he wanted to be the Big Man at the coffee shop,,,

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  2. Fred W

    The Kardashian remark is good writing- reminds me of the days when Tom McCahill, the inventor of “0 to 60”, filled Mechanic Illustrated with similar sayings, such as:
    The AC Cobra was “hairier than a Borneo gorilla in a raccoon suit.” The 1957 Pontiac’s ride quality was as “smooth as a prom queen’s thighs.” The ’59 Chrysler Imperial was “as loaded as an opium peddler during a tong war.” The ’57 Buicks handled “like a fat matron trying to get out of a slippery bathtub.”

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  3. mpower

    I owned a 94 Lesabre back in high school that was almost as nice as this. After it was total loss I wanted to get a Park Avenue but could never find one this nice.

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  4. ccrvtt

    Noice.

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  5. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Nice car. Very well-kept.

    When I see a car like this, I too think about how most new cars today are just four colors (white, silver, gray, black). I live near a large Manheim auction facility, and a Nissan plant is also nearby. Often I see acres of new Nissans (and occasionally vehicles from other manufacturers) stored there. Sometimes I just take a wide-range view, looking for vehicles which are not one of the four colors. There aren’t many.

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  6. Stevieg

    My Dad had one of these before he passed away. Great car, fast, handled & rode well, decent gas mileage. But when they sit the engine cradle rots away from the unibody.
    My Dad’s was hard loaded like this one. I really liked that car. So did he. After the cradle & unibody “divorced”, he had a friend do some creative engineering to repair it. It was never right after that, kinda felt like driving a rubber band. I would like this one better if it came from the desert. Still, a really beautiful car!

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    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      Sitting was not the issue, bad materials was. Add in a system which trapped moisture between rubber and steel…. All the the full-sized FWD GM cars suffered the same affliction, including the ’93 Bonneville SSE that my dad bought new.

      I swapped out the subframe with one which had been properly repaired by welding in new mount locators made of stainless steel. The rubber mounts and the hardware were still available at the end of 2012 when I did the work.

      For sure I would be checking that out before buying one of this era GM cars. A secondary and even more serious issue was that the body mount locations rotted just as bad as the subframe on some of the cars, a much more serious and expensive, time-consuming repair. Cars which had the “double-whammy” pretty much became parts cars, unless someone could not emotionally let one go.

      I really like this car, but considering it a collectible is a stretch, IMO. Might be wrong about that 20 years from now.

      Something I just noticed… This is not a sunroof car, and that happens to be a good thing. Problems with drainage caused rust areas in bizarre locations.

      • DayDreamBeliever Member

        Darn, I put the bit about the sunroof in quickly because time was running out to edit… and I had not yet viewed all of the pictures.

        For sure I would want to closely inspect the underside and key spots.

        One thing is certain:
        Sawchuk’s Garage stayed in business with this client, seeing/servicing the car 20 times while it traveled only 2609 miles in 5 years!

  7. poseur Member

    These are great cars.
    Comfortable and quiet.
    Fast and stable.
    Smooth and economical.

    Friend who owned several multi million dollar businesses drove one until stoke, Parkinson’s and ALS progressively took away his ability to drive. Still he kept it with a driver until his passing.

    I’d love to have one or same engine in an Olds Touring Sedan

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    • Ralph

      There were supercharged Olds 98 Touring Sedans available too, there were even a few 88 LSS’ that had the supercharged 3800, which Buick oddly never offered on the LeSabre.

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      • poseur Member

        Correct! Forgot I loaned $400 to an employee to buy an LSS early this spring. He drives it to work regularly & says it still kicks pretty hard. Only 80k miles on it

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  8. Andrew Franks

    Scotty, well done, and the car is absolutely a member of the Ultimate Driver Group.

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  9. Bluetec320 Bluetec320 Member

    With land yacht creature comforts and over 30 mpg on the highway, these were great cars in the day. Look at those seats! Unfortunately, anything Buick got the “Grey Hair” label in the 90’s.

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  10. RITON

    Is that overspray on the front radiators?

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  11. Fiete T.

    Love me some SC (L67) Buick…but then again I have a modified Regal GS that I’ve owned for almost 20 years. Brakes, suspension, engine, trans all done. Great cars

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  12. Shaun Dymond

    55 bids and rising! Somebody definitely wants this luxo barge. Kind of cool, and driving this to your local car gathering would surely make it a good talking point.

    • Dave Mazz

      Now, US $4,750.00 and 59 bids. This baby is generating real interest!!

  13. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    This is the Buick wrapping that I prefer for that SC engine.

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    • Ralph

      Ideally, I’d want both a Park Ave and one of these Rivieras. They were great cars, solid and quiet. Great looking too.

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      • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

        Every once in awhile, I will see a mint Riviera of this era driving around. There are still plenty out there with older owners who have taken care of them and if one ever showed up locally for sale, I would be enticed. Lots of junk out there if you actually shop for one.

  14. Dave

    I have one. Great ride, just needs more power, hence the s/c

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  15. David

    My ex-wife and I owned a 1992 Olds 88 with what would become the LSS package. The car was good for a solid 30 mpg on the highway. It had plenty of power and great comfort. I drove an Old 98 Touring Sedan with the STUPID-charger. I didn’t think the extra power was worth the 22 mpg. I would NEVER own a 3800 supercharged engine equipped car. The standard 3800 in my opinion was plenty powerful for what it was. My 2001 Maxima GLS had better power (it would get rubber in 2nd gear) but it required premium @ 22-23 mpg best. My Bonneville SLE with the 3800 Series II was just about as much fun but would pull 28-30 mpg with 87 octane. Nope, the extra power was NOT worth the much lower mpg to me. Then again, I drive 25 miles one way to work, so economy is kind of important to me.

  16. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Finished out at $5500

  17. Keith

    Something seems a bit off about this one.

    I’ve never seen a supercharged Ultra with gold accents. Didn’t Buick always use that charcoal gray color for cladding and other trim on these? The lone exception I can think of is my former ’95 Park Avenue Ultra, which had black paint, black cladding, and black leather.

    Also, whoever removed the BUICK lettering on the decklid (for reasons unknown) didn’t position them correctly when reapplying. They should have a larger gap between the letters. Oddly, all the other badges seem intact, so I doubt they were removed for ease of waxing… has this car perhaps had paint/body work?

    There’s some other little things like that, too, which kinda rub me the wrong way. Just seems a bit fishy. Maybe not enough to prevent someone from enjoying sitting in that nice interior while letting the L67 stretch its legs – but fishy nonetheless.

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    • RITON

      As I wrote earlier, this car seems to have had a respray. Look at the radiators in front and the front of the engine bay : overspray/bad work.
      The leather is creased on the drivers seat (32K miles???), some of the bolts holding the wheels have lost their plastic covers…details, but all that added up does make it look “wierd”.

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  18. 2ManyCars1

    My Mom’s favorite Park Avenue (out of five owned!) was her 1995 Ultra in Jade Green over Gold lower cladding with a light gray leather interior. The seats fit just right and she enjoyed the extra oomph from the supercharger! Sadly it gave its life up to protect her from another vehicle running a red light. Mom survived with minor bruises but her Buick was totaled. We did transfer the beautiful chorded four horn set up to her next Park Avenue (a 2000 Ultra that my brother now drives) so it still lives on in spirit!

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