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Big And Beautiful: 1976 Buick Estate

1976 Buick Estate Wagon

I know the late ’70s weren’t the best of times for big American cars, but I have to give it to the guys at Buick for creating this big wagon! Take about a great looking family hauler, well at least in the realm of family cars. This wagon has obviously been well cared for and the seller has done a lot of work to make and keep it in perfect condition. And to make things a bit more interesting, this one is equipped with the 455 V8, and just about every other option you could ever want or need! Find this wagon here on eBay in Wallingford, Connecticut.

1976 Buick Clam Shell Estate

The seller found this wagon in 2008. They were actually in the middle of restoring a different ’76 Buick Estate at the time, so they got rid of that project and focused their attention on this one instead. It was already in good shape, so they put some of the new parts they had purchased for their project, things like lens covers and grille. They even installed NOS woodgrain and had the trim repainted in the factory original color. It sure looks fantastic, that’s for sure!

1976 Buick Estate Interior

Look at this cavernous interior! It definitely looks like a late ’70s American interior, with it’s coach like seats and early electronics. It has a few cracks in the dash and some sun fade, but looks to be in nice shape overall.

1976 Buick Estate 455 Engine

Here is that might 455 V8. It’s incredible such a big engine could produce so little horsepower, just barely over 200, but it still churned out decent amounts of torque (345 lbs to be exact). Emissions really strangled these engines, but thankfully they have a huge amount of potential waiting to be unleashed. Given the condition of this car though, I would hope the next owner leaves this engine all original.

1976 Buick Estate

So would you load up the family in this big wagon? I know I would, but that’s just me. I’m amazed at how well this example has survived and it seems the seller has done a lot to keep it correct and nice. Let’s hope the next owner does the same!


  1. Charles

    WOW, nice car, really looks great. Nice colors, wood grain plus, probably rides like a dream! Can’t believe only 200 ponies out of the engine. Imagine it can’t pass too many gas stations. Overall, though, a tremendous land cruiser in excellent condition?

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  2. Roselandpete

    Very nice.

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  3. grant

    I like how the temp controls are to the left of the steering wheel. If only the radio were there too lol.

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  4. Peter R

    nice wagon but noted as “bidding has ended” – sounds like it was sold privately –

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  5. Jaymes

    Must measure garage before buying

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  6. Vince Habel

    Just inches short of 29 feet. I had a 72. It floated down the road like you were on a cloud. Got 18-20 mpg on the highway but only 9 around town.

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  7. Charles H.

    Love everything about this big beautiful lady!……the color combo, the options, the condition, just nothing I can see to dislike!…..wow!……Classic American Beauty!

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  8. jaymes

    oh superb job re-spraying the motor btw!

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  9. Sam

    Wow! What a beautiful Estate Wagon. Mom had a ’72 in blue; the glide-away aka “clamshell” tailgate was pure 1970s genius.

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