1987 Buick LeSabre Estate station wagon
Pictures courtesy of owner Jonathan
A description from the owner: "This is my 1987 Buick LeSabre Estate Wagon.
I bought it about a year ago. It's my second Buick wagon, the
first being a 1976 Estate Wagon with a terminal case of rust but
a big heart (and engine!). Apart from a few mechanical glitches,
it's been a fun car to own. It's got 150,000 miles but still runs
and looks great. It's got all the important options like power
windows, locks, seat, third seat, luggage rack, etc. Something
that makes this a uniquely cool wagon is the stereo I installed.
I put a good quality receiver unit in and installed new quality
speakers in all four speaker holes. I then built an airtight speaker
box to fit in the rear under-floor compartment. It's a self contained
unit with two amplifiers, an equalizer and three speakers. The
compartment hatch can be left open for best sound or closed over
it for cargo or security, or the unit is easily removable to use
the third seat. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and this is a
native Arizona car, as evidenced by the lack of woodgrain (it
dies quickly in the sun), non-metallic paint (also dies quickly),
lack of rear window defroster (who needs it?) and aftermarket
window tint. The car has no rust at all, not even on the chassis.
Even the muffler and pipes are original. What's unusual
for Arizona is that it still has its original paint and weatherstripping.
I did replace the tailgate weatherstrip and repainted the black
window surround. I love the car. I've always liked this
generation of wagon. It's the little details that make it cool,
like the thin plastic steering wheel, the big chrome-trimmed pedals,
the expansive fake-wood dash and what I think is the most versatile
tailgate design ever. My one complaint is the car is not too powerful
in the engine department. I'm hoping in the next year or two to
be able to buy an LT1 powered Roadmaster wagon. I've driven
the car to California, Texas and around Arizona and am planning
a couple trips for this year. It's great for two people. You can
put the seats down and make a bed for one person to sleep in while
the other drives. I also regularly use the car for church group
excursions with 6-8 people. Down with minivans and SUV's! Long
live the wagon! (too late, I know)....."
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