Plus V8 power and all-terrain tires. What could go wrong?
The redesigned 2022 Buick Envision is the best-looking model in the lineup and the brand will no doubt sell tons of them starting soon. Today's front-wheel-drive-based Envision was designed and engineered to appeal to premium crossover buyers who wouldn't mind having AWD at their disposal. There's no doubt the Envision will do just about everything well but, again, is it cool? Not really. Cool requires imagination, some ingenuity, and, in this case, an adventurous attitude.
The B-body Buick Roadmaster Wagon, a variant of the eighth-generation Roadmaster built from 1991 through 1996, is definitely cool today. The thing is massive with a curb weight of around 4,700 pounds. Its fake wood exterior vinyl trim fooled no one but looks great with stock wire rim wheels with whitewall trim.
A 5.7-liter LT1 V8 with port injection is found under the hood, rated at 260 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque while a four-speed automatic shuttles that power to the rear wheels only. A V8-powered, RWD big station wagon is now an extinct species. But this off-road-modified 1995 Roadmaster Wagon up for auction on Cars And Bids has managed to survive and is looking for a new home.
Its current owner installed a 5-inch spring lift, 15-inch Cragar steel wheels wearing 31-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, a custom front bumper and skid plate, off-road lighting, a Thule roof basket, and Bilstein struts and load-leveling shocks.
This thing is adventure-ready and has plenty of interior and cargo space thanks to its three rows of seats. Some modern-day convenience tech upgrades include an Alpine touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility and JBL speakers. The seller notes several exterior flaws, mainly dents and dings, all of which are understandable given the car's age (it's got nearly 150,000 miles) and ready to rumble attitude. Oddly, its off-road lights haven't been wired up. On the plus side, the air conditioning system works perfectly.
Consider this jacked-up Roadmaster Wagon the perfect beater for weekend outdoor getaways. The highest bid of $7,500, as of this writing, is fairly reasonable but time is limited because the auction concludes on April 29.