The name Roadmaster has been used a number of times by General Motors for cars in its Buick lineup. The first time the name was introduced it was in relationg to cars built between 1936 and 1958. In this time period the name Roadmaster was used when the Buick Series 80 was renamed the Roadmaster. It was surrounded by other vehicles built by Buick, namely the Buick Century and the Buick Limited. Although the Limited was the showpiece for the Buick line for sometime, by 1947, the Roadmaster had replaced the Limited as Buick’s top of the line luxury vehicle. A title held for nearly 10 years. The car fell out of favor with the public for a few years and name was tranferred over to the Electra.
However the name was revived in 1991 and this time the Buick Roadmaster was its own line of vehicles within the division of Buick. From 1991 through 1996 the Roadmaster name would be associated with a B body station wagon. The Roadmaster Estate Wagon as it was called was assembled in Arlington, Texas and had a four door sedan body style, a 5.0 L L03 V8 engine with a four speed automatic transmission.
By 1992, a sedan had been added to the line up. From 1992 on both the station wagon and the sedan would employ a 5.7 L engine.
An extremely popular car at first, the Roadmaster Estate featured wood grain sides and a second fixed sunroof over the rear passenger seating. It could carry up to eight passengers. Unfortunately the Roadmaster was introduced at the tailend of the station wagons popularity. Minivans were just beginning to make their appearance on the market and would soon become the newest rage among surbanites. The final production year for both the sedan and station wagon was 1996. In this year the car would feature heated seating and fully automatic climate controls. With the demise of the Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon, the era of station wagons would come to a close.
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