• May 18, 2011
Rutledge Wood, part of the Top Gear trio here in the States that went out to find the best car from GM's recent past, (wisely) picked a Buick Roadmaster as his steed. He then used the wagon to wind up victorious over the choices of his co-hosts. Now, Rutledge has shown that he truly cares about the LT1-powered five-door, as he just purchased a 1996 example to put in his own driveway.

Regardless of your stance on the U.S.-version of Top Gear, you have to admire a man who understands the timeless appeal of a good station wagon. Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon owners should look upon the Buick Roadmaster with a fond gaze, because the Roadmaster is part of your hot-rod wagon's DNA.

This may not be the 2011 Buick Roadmaster that Rutledge was hoping for, but we're pretty sure he's still smitten with his new ride.


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      Mark Sumner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd appreciate Rutledge Wood a helluva a lot more if he ever had anything to say on the show except for repeating "holy crap" over, and over, and over. He gives southern boys a bad name.
      rgee01
      • 3 Years Ago
      These make a lot more sense for the budget-strapped family compared to large SUVs. Better on gas, easier for both spouses to drive, and easier to see out of, as well as for others to see around you. They'll also handle better.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rgee01
        But SUVs cost less to buy. It was true when I bought an A6 instead of an SUV (wanted the wagon, the engine was bad in the wagon though) and it is true when I bought a CTS wagon instead of an SRX. So the total cost of ownership might be lower on the SUV. Sadly.
      LoneWolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love those LT1 powered Wagons. They were also (somewhat) popular in germany and I still think that no modern wagon can touch these. Sure, an E-class wagon is much nicer inside and a CTS-V wagon much faster...but just look at the B-Bodies cargo space!
      Jonathan C Baker
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always admired how these and their Chevy counterparts look with with tinted windows, classic -styled alloy wheels and maybe lowered and inch. Much like the one you have pictured, though I haven't figured out if they are cooler without the wood (looks way better) or with the wood because of the sheer audacity of it. Sadly, I can't come up with any spouse-viable argument for having one of these.
      Mary
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a newscaster in Hartford who owns a Roadmaster wagon and she talks about it on "Better Connecticut" all the time and her husband blogs about it. https://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/reason-728-to-own-a-buick-roadmaster/
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      My father drives a 96 Roadmaster Sedan Collectors edition. He bought it in 2003 with 30k miles on it, now hes over 250k! The car still runs like a top, all original except for a new optispark distributor. He routinely takes it on long road trips down the eastern seaboard too the carolinas to golf, and he returns 24-26mpg despite the big LT1 engine. It may handle like a battleship, but its totally comfortable and has plenty of power, too bad cars like these are long gone.
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Roadmaster wagon deserves respect. There are not many cars that can tow 5000 lbs and fit a whole 8'x4' sheet of plywood in the back and still be able to close it. If the world ever ends, I'm going to get a Roadmaster wagon and be Mad Max.
        Fat Stig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        hopefully for your sake there arent a lot of corners in this post apocalyptic wasteland
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      With that enormous rear overhang and those useless little wheels, I hope he lives someplace extremely flat!
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes. This was a nice ride. These days are gone forever, I'm afraid.
      jcmla4494
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know the kid his crazy mother tried to run down my sister In her 03 stratus and my whole family had to get restraining orders against them for stalking us
      Shawn Brinker
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are a few of these running around town set up similar to the one pictured above. My wife hates them, but I secretly want one. It's funny how something so uncool can be cool at the same time.
      ammca66564
      • 3 Years Ago
      Paint it black, and shave the trim. Oddly, the Japanese are heavily into the Caprice version of this car. Yes, the wagon.
        ammca66564
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ammca66564
        Actually - don't shave that big band of chrome on the lower body.
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