No Reserve Survivor: 1996 Buick Roadmaster

This 1996 Buick Roadmaster is listed at no reserve, and with bidding just under $5K and the auction wrapping up tomorrow, there’s a chance someone’s leaving here with a deal. Said to be in clean condition with a smooth-running 5.7L V8 and just 66,101 miles, the Roadmaster is likely to have many years and thousands of miles of dutiful service left in its lungs. Find it here on eBay located in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

The first thing I noticed about this Roadmaster is the exterior color. You just don’t see too many of them in the blue / green paint scheme with the woodgrain trim. Most of these Caprice twins are white, or dark tan, or a pale blue. This is a looker, and the seller says the cosmetics are excellent. Imperfections are said to be minimal, and there’s no rust noted on the Roadmaster.

The interiors of these estate wagons are pretty telling in terms of how they were maintained. The acres of leather can look pretty tired if the wagon has been neglected, but that’s not the case here. Given their propensity for hauling, these interiors can see a lot of use from pets, kids, furniture, and the like. Not the case here, according to the seller, who also notes it is a non-smoker vehicle.

And of course, the iconic rear-facing third-row seat is a must-have in a wagon like this. It looks damn near unused, with extremely clean carpeting all around. The spare and all tools/jack hardware are stowed securely and show no signs of wear, and the seller claims that whether you’re sitting up front or in back, you won’t hear or feel the transmission shifting through the gears. Will this one clear $10K?


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  1. S Craig MacDonald

    It’s obviously a dealer so I’m surprised at the (bad) quality of many photos. A couple are so bad as to be worthless. He also has an unusually low seller rating. It looks like a great wagon and a (currently) great price and I’d expect it to get near $10k, but there’s just enough here that feels wrong to give me pause.

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  2. rpol35

    Ought to work on his spelling while he figures out his camera/phone….I find the “SORRY NO MARYLAND RESIDENTS” proclamation suspicious.

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    • David Frank David F Member

      “SORRY NO MARYLAND RESIDENTS”? Hmmmmm, to avoid those pesky prepurchase inspections, ya think perhaps?

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      • rpol35

        Basically, probably knows or thinks it won’t pass MD safety or smog inspection – the car was previously registered in Virginia.

        MD only has a safety inspection required when a title changes hands (as in this case), not annually like VA. MD’s smog inspection, which I believe covers models from 1976 forward, can be challenging however.

  3. Dan B.

    Well, at least the parking lights work.

    These are great cars (and tempting to drop in a six speed manual). This particular one is concerning.

  4. Marlon W Smith

    When I sold cars when one of these behemoths rolled into the lot we all yelled Roadhog 😂

    • rpol35

      My mother-in-law had the sedan version of this car and it was derisively referred to as the “road cochon” (cochon being French for hog).

  5. Car Nut Tacoma

    Lovely looking car. I remember when Buick produced cars like this. I found the station wagon more attractive than the sedan. My other favourite was the Chevy Caprice and Caprice Classic of the same vintage.

  6. Tommie

    As a Maryland seller they are obligated to have the vehicle pass MD inspection – at their expense including any repairs – before transferring title to a MD resident. So a huge buyer beware, wherever you come from.

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  7. John Corey Member

    I have had three of these over the years – better than a pickup for hauling my other toys on a trailer. If equipped with the tow package (not specified here, but discernible from the option code tag inside the right rear tailgate jamb), they are rated conservatively to pull 5500 pounds. The LT1 & L460E trans are a strong team and the cassis is bulletproof. It’s rare to see one where the fake wood trim surrounds isn’t peeling. This one ought to make $10K easy if there are no hidden issues (why not MD????).

  8. ACZ

    From back when GM made cars people wanted to buy.

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    • Car Nut Tacoma Washington

      I agree. Cars like this were once considered “full-sized” cars. But I don’t think they’re too big for today’s drivers.

  9. chrlsful

    a monster near here as well, just like watchin it swoop by, But…
    pefer a driver like the down sized 1s.
    a jump to the ’83/6 LTD/Marquis called fox-body
    again as DD. This guy is 4 open rd, va-ca`, long haul
    can’t ya just see it w/a 20 ft boat behind?
    Signed –
    Wagon Master

    • angliagt angliagt Member

      Do people actually say “vaca”?
      Is it that much harder to add the “tion”?
      I hate that term – sounds too “trendy”.

  10. Glenn

    I sure like my 94! Beats any SUV for pulling my camper with ease and comfort plus about 12MPG with camper, 23MPG without. I usually have the oldest tow vehicle in the camp ground and is a good conversation starter!

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