• Dec 21st 2010 at 1:31PM
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2011 Buick Roadmaster renderings from Top Gear USA – Click above for high-res image gallery

General Motors has made some excellent cars over the course of its hundred-plus years of existence. As we're all painfully aware, though, it's also produced some horribly bad cars. It's debatable as to when GM's fortunes really turned south, but many critics point to the early 1970s, when a series of poor decisions led to the automaker's eventual near demise in 2009.

And so it's fitting that, when tasked with choosing cars from GM's often illustrious, often horrendous lifetime, the crew from Top Gear USA chose three models built between the early '70s and the late '90s as examples of what the modern-day GM should consider reviving: a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass, a mid-'80s Pontiac Fiero and a late-'90s Buick Roadmaster wagon. Interestingly enough, only one of those brands is still in existence...

After putting the three machines through a battery of tests, a clear winner was crowned, and it's probably not the vehicle you were expecting. The car that General Motors should reintroduce: the Buick Roadmaster station wagon. Here at this link you'll find the complete episode, where you can see what led up to the surprising conclusion (hint: it involved steep inclines, eggs and a few thousand gallons of water – challenges that should be familiar to Top Gear UK followers).

What we're most interested in, though, is the show's rendering of what a 2011 Buick Roadmaster might look like. We like the basics – a big pushrod V8 engine up front, six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, a cavernous interior with seating for you and your seven closest friends and their stuff, and, of course, portholes and Buick's signature 'sweep-spear' profile design language. Okay, maybe we can do without the vinyl wood siding... but maybe not. See for yourself in our image gallery below.

2011 Buick Roadmaster rendering from Top Gear USA
  • 2011 Buick Roadmaster rendering from Top Gear USA
  • 2011 Buick Roadmaster rendering from Top Gear USA

  • 2011 Buick Roadmaster rendering from Top Gear USA
  • 2011 Buick Roadmaster rendering from Top Gear USA

[Source: Top Gear USA]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Francisco Victor
      • 4 Years Ago
      This Prototype look excellent!!! GM ´´Make this Car Please´´ Greetings from Mexico!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's an original challenge for TGUSA: You get $10,000 to buy a vehicle, up armor it, and drive it from Brownsville TX to Guatemala without getting shot or kidnapped my Mexican drug gangs. Call it the "Budget Ballistic Challenge"
      Saad Jay Jaunbocus
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would buy this car if they would make it and inport it to the UK!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rear looks like an infiniti FX. I kinda like the wood paneling lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM already has a large station wagon in it's inventory

      The Holden Commodore Sportswagon

      Along with Sedan and Ute variants
      • 4 Years Ago
      Roadmasters were always known as "four holers" meaning they ALWAYS had 4 Ventiports on the side. Lower-priced Buicks came with three holes. Is it asking too much for a contemporary designer to understand the history of a marque s/he's trying to retro? This is as bad as GM's early 2000s Impala which only had 2 round taillights per side, a cue from the cheaper Biscaynes and Bel Airs as Impalas always had 3 lights per side. Always.

      Retro cues done incorrectly are just stupid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First thought I had when I saw the drawing was:
      Dodge Magnum!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best part about that show. The end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a horrible POS that is - wretched dropped belt-liine without any hint of talent administering the rest of the car. Buicks have had a dip, but that was to augment the side spear look - not some blatant ripoff of the ugliest minivan ever - the Honduh Oddity.

      American Top Gear. No apparent talent. Can't even bring itself above mediocrity. The whole British thing is all about the awesome chemistry among the three hosts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At the end of the segment I thought they'd roll out the Commodore lineup from the ute to the sportwagon...

      They missed an opportunity to enlighten many of their viewers whom I assume have no clue.
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