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Please Help Me Find the Buick Roadmaster Estate I Never Should Have Sold

The single biggest regret of my life, other than maintaining a bowl-cut hairstyle well into my high school years, was selling my 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate wagon. I had planned on writing a post where I enlisted the readers of Oversteer into finding my old station wagon — but after checking the Carfax, I discovered my Buick was shipped off to a very unlikely place, where it will probably never return.

I purchased my Roadmaster in 2010, shortly after finishing college and opening a car dealership. The 1994 model year was the first year the Roadmaster was offered with the LT1 V8 engine, which was similar to what was offered in the Corvette at the time. I’ve always been a sucker for faux wood paneling — but that, combined with the powerful engine and unbelievably comfortable seats, made me fall in love almost immediately. I purchased it from the family of the original owner with only 73,000 miles on the odometer — and had originally planned to flip it for a tidy profit. My budding hoarding tendencies kept me from doing this, and I ended up keeping the car for over 5 years.

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For the first few years of my ownership, the Roadmaster was my daily driver, taking me to both coasts multiple times — and it was the car I used to bring home my newborn daughter from the hospital in 2013. In total, I put nearly 60,000 miles on it during this period, and I had very few problems. When I switched from selling cars to selling burgers in 2015, I chose not to use the aging family truckster for work — as I didn’t want to subject a car that was now collectible to 50,000 miles a year of traveling. When I got my first company-provided GMC truck, the Roadmaster quit being needed as a utility vehicle — so I made the decision to sell it.

Perhaps it was because my focus was on building a new business — or perhaps it was because I didn’t have all of you enablers here on Oversteer at the time — as I did what most people would do with an extra car that’s not getting driven. It sold within hours of me listing it online, as it was still in pristine condition — and I probably underpriced it at $4,000. Things did get a little weird when it finally came time to let go, because I literally cried as it was loaded on to the truck to be transported to its new owner in Arizona — and I’ve regretted my decision to sell every day since.

Now that my car hoarding problem is back in full swing, I was determined to track down my old wagon and bring it back home. The first logical step with this kind of investigation is to check the Carfax to see where it’s currently registered — and what I discovered was very surprising. Turns out, my Roadmaster ended up being exported to Bremerhaven, Germany, in early 2017. So my giant wood-paneled wagon is probably somewhere floating up the Autobahn — where it would certainly surprise a few Germans as it passed them in the fast lane.

Since someone probably went to great expense to export my wagon to Germany, even if I could find it, I doubt it would be financially reasonable to bring it back. But I like the idea meeting its new German owner someday and taking it for one last spin in a place I never imagined it would end up. So if there’s any of you with connections to any American land yacht enthusiasts groups in Germany, please share this! VIN number 1G4BR82P9RR426751.

Tyler Hoover went broke after 10 years in the car business and now sells hamburgers to support his fleet of needy cars. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I own a similar model in a 1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, sure its a TBI car, but it is a 350 and not a 305, I scoured classified ads nationwide for over a year before I bought it. It has been reliable enough to serve as my daily driver and despite its massive size, returns decent fuel economy, relatively.  Mine has the towing package, with heavy duty cooling, air shock suspension, numerically higher gear ratio and also an Auburn limited slip rear end.  It’s a combination that makes it corner very well (relatively) and acceleration is strong until the miniscule cam and terrible heads choke out the fun.  I cannot recommend the small, but vibrant community dedicated to these cars at gmlongroof.com.  The LT1 cars had a hotter engine, but it was tamed down with gearing and the interiors were made of more fragile plastic on the Buick Roadmaster models.  If you are unable to find your original car, consider a TBI car and an engine swap with the Wizard, I assure you it will be easier and less costly than Apollo 911, especially if you chose say an iron LS from a truck.  

  2. My 94 is the same as yours except it’s burgundy with wood. It feels great going fast but scary once you think about the need of emergency maneuvers if needed…

  3. Picturing you crying made me very sad. It also made me think of the time my family sold our 1993 Chevy Astro…I hugged the seats and my Dad had to pull me out. (I was 7)

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