One Man's Tribute To The Buick Roadmaster

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
one mans tribute to the buick roadmaster
While TTAC is known for Panther Love above all else, there are some of us here who possess an iconoclastic streak and long for a General Motors B-Body. The LT1 powered Buick Roadmaster is arguably the finest of the bunch, and an essay in today’s edition of The Globe and Mail illustrates why.Reader Mark Harding, who admittedly uses his bicycle more than his car, professes his love for his 1993 Buick Roadmaster in this essay. While Harding primarily enjoys the Roadmaster on long highway trips, he also seems to take a certain delight in the Roadmaster’s imposing presence, small block V8 engine and overall character, which is at odds with the general ethos of Toronto’s left-leaning downtown neighborhoods, where Harding apparently resides.It’s nice to know that in a city where car ownership is not always easy thanks to limited parking and high gas prices, one man is keeping the B-Body flame alive.
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  • MK MK on Aug 19, 2013

    Lol. I'm sorry to tell you this son, but that's one ugly baby you've got there. I'll be honest, I never paid much attention to these things and always assumed that was a Cadillac profile going down the road. Probably shouldn't be but I'm surprised they chose to plonk it onto both Buick and Caddy. (shakes head and wanders off)

  • Pdieten Pdieten on Aug 20, 2013

    My 80-year-old mother-in-law's DD is still a white '92 Roadmaster sedan. Base model, no vinyl, blue cloth interior. She bought it secondhand in 1998. Damn thing doesn't rust and just keeps running so there hasn't been any reason to replace it. I sure wish she'd get the steering fixed though. Last time I had to move it to my driveway when she went on a bus trip I damn near drove the thing into a Jersey barrier leaving the park and ride lot. I'm not used to cars anymore that don't respond when I turn the wheel. It replaced an '87 Caprice. Unfortunately we live in a place where the pre-'91 sedans get hooptied up and trade for big money. But nobody seems to really want the bubble cars, so that's probably actually a good thing for her. She gets less attention this way. As far as I'm concerned, for its basic function of hauling people and objects the RM is inferior in all ways to modern front drive full size cars, unless you really need to know there are eight cylinders under the hood. But whatever. She's used to it.

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Aug 20, 2013

    @28: Funny you say that...the final year of the Skylark and Achieva (1998) was fleet-only, so the very rental-car looking Skylarks and Achievas may have actually BEEN rental cars.

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Aug 20, 2013

    @CoreyDL: That Achieva must be a 1997 or 1998 model, since the Malibu-based Cutlass was one of the first Oldsmobiles to use the circular logo.