Extra Seating: 1989 Buick Electra Estate Wagon

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Big American wagons have been in style with one crowd or another since the beginning. This B-body Buick is one of the most iconic wagons of the 1980s and shared a platform with the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser and the Pontiac Safari. A very similar Electra Estate is prominently displayed in the 1987 movie Adventures In Babysitting. Though the minivan was largely the cause for the disappearance of wagons, big station wagons still hold their place as a neat alternative family hauler. Find this one here on Craigslist in Chicago, Illinois for $4,500. Thanks to Pat L. for submitting this one! 

Though the seller’s provided pictures could be a little better, this is really a great shot! This not only shows just how wide this car is, but also the tailgate and the fold-up rear-facing back seat. In my opinion, these are the two best features of this car. You’ll also notice the trailer hitch, further proof of the versatility of a full size wagon. This would also be the ideal seating area for the drive-in movie theater!

The interior is very nice but does show some wear, most obviously on the carpet. It is a 77,000 mile car though, so some wear is to be expected with use. Though not visible in this picture, the seller states that this Buick has the rare factory sunroof option. A deep cleaning and carpet extraction would likely make this interior look like new, further making this a great cruising vehicle.

Though no pictures are provided, the engine is an Oldsmobile 307 V8 which the seller says runs “smooth as silk.” The rear end is posi-trac as a result of the factory towing package. A car like this could easily tow a small boat or other small trailer along with the whole family! It isn’t a perfect vehicle, but it is in nice driver condition and could be enjoyed as such.

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  1. redwagon

    good gosh i love these.

    hated them back in the day.

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  2. gregwnc

    I have a lot of affection for these. Bought a Custom Cruiser back in the day for $300. Smoked like a train. After driving for a while, I started to get scared that engine issues were coming and sold it for $500. LOL. The guy who bought it drove it from NC to FL and back the following weekend. No problems, stopped smoking!!

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  3. joe

    cut the top from the front seat back, make a buick el camino. Just a thought.

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  4. Rock OnMember

    Excellent for people like myself that would not be caught dead 💀 driving a minivan. Looks to be a lot of life left in this one.

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    • Andrew TannerAuthor

      I’m with you!

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  5. TR

    I like the picture of it towing the house. Greatest BF day ever, this cool Buick, the 67 Skylark, and the 68 Ford wagon. I’d bed age rousing with money and a large building. Awesome job

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  6. Jack Quantrill

    Looks like the “Family Truckster”, in the movie Vacation.

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  7. Mark

    Any pictures in engine compartment and sunroof?

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  8. chad

    too big…’83 – ’86 LTD waggy (fox-bodied) 4 me thnx

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  9. Ed

    Recent bought one a little better but not the preferred sun roof for double. I added 1 1/2” wheelspacers and air bags to have it sit to suit. I don’t foresee it in collections any time soon and love driving it daily.

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