The Roadmaster was the kind of vehicle that defined the large American car between WWII and the energy crisis of the '70s. It was large enough for six full-size adults and their luggage. With a long wheelbase and an intentionally soft ride, it was the epitome of a freeway cruiser with living-room ride. As befits such an institution, there was a large V8 driving the rear wheels, rated at 260 hp and 330 ft.-lb. of torque. With a displacement of 350 cu. in., this V8 was directly descended from the original Chevy 265-cu.-in. V8 of 1955.
However, this was a thoroughly modern implementation of the Big American Car theme, and it competed against such similar models as Chevrolet Caprice, Cadillac Fleetwood, Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. The Limited versions included, besides their more luxurious interiors, automatic climate control, keyless entry and redesigned 6-way power seats with adjustable lumbar supports.
Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]
1991[edit | edit source]
For 1991, the Roadmaster was introduced to replace the Buick Estate Wagon. The only engine you could get was a 5.0 throttle body injected V8 making 170HP.
1992[edit | edit source]
A 4-door sedan was released for this model year. The standard engine was upgraded to the 5.7 throttle body injected V8 making 180HP.
1994[edit | edit source]
The 5.7 LT1 V8 with sequential port injection from the corvette became standard and it was de-tuned to make 260HP still a noticeable improvement in power compared to the previous engines.
1996[edit | edit source]
Production ended on December 13, 1996, during the 1997 model year, when the Roadmaster was now a late 1996 model.
Retail prices[edit | edit source]
4DR Sedan[edit | edit source]
|Model year(s)||Trim level||List price||Effective date|
|1992||Base||$21,865||October 13, 1991|
|1992||Limited||$24,195||October 13, 1991|
4DR Wagon[edit | edit source]
|Model year(s)||List price||Effective date|
|1991||$21,445||February 10, 1991|
|1992||$23,040||October 13, 1991|
- $22,570 (1994 Buick Roadmaster 4DR Sedan)
As of mid-1994:
- $24,210 (1995 Buick Roadmaster 4DR Sedan)
- $27,070 (1995 Buick Roadmaster Estate 4DR Wagon)
- $27,555 (1995 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4DR Sedan)
As of mid-1995:
- $24,390 (1995 Buick Roadmaster 4DR Sedan)
- $26,110 (1995 Buick Roadmaster Estate 4DR Wagon)
- $26,590 (1995 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4DR Sedan)
As of May 19, 1996:
- $25,560 (1996 Buick Roadmaster 4DR Sedan)
- $27,575 (1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate 4DR Wagon)
- $27,490 (1996 Buick Roadmaster Limited 4DR Sedan)
Shipping prices[edit | edit source]
- $575 (1993-1994 models)
- $585 (1995 models)
- $590 (1996 models)