Continuing on with our Wagon Wednesday Extravaganza. General Motors release a plethera of compacts to the general buying public for the 1961 model year. Chevrolet already had the Corvair 4-door and Coupe, and added a Station Wagon and Convertible to the mix by 1961. Pontiac introduced their own compact in the form of the Tempest, powered by a slant-four cylinder engine and a transaxle in the rear. Models included a 2-Door Sedan, 4-Door Sedan, Wagon, and Convertible models. Oldsmobile debuted the F-85 with the same body styles as the Tempest, with one major difference; It had a new 215 CID V-8 under the hood in a conventional manner. Buick was not to be out done, and also introduced their own compact in the form of a Buick Special. It also had the 215 CID V-8, but would later on introduce Buick’s own Fireball V-6. As luck would have it, there are two Buick Special Wagons vying for your attention on eBay. Let’s take a look….
This is a 1961 Buick Special Wagon with the 215 CID Aluminum V-8, and twin-turbine Automatic. It shows only about 59,000 miles, and was a California car for most of its life, after being sold in upstate New York. There are a couple of gingerbread items on the car, like the rear fender skirts (I would stash them away, but I generally hate fender skirts), and full wheel covers, but otherwise the wagon is pretty basic.
The bidding is up to $2,650 with an unmet reserve. What do you think this car would sell for? See the listing here.
This is a 1962 Buick Special Wagon, only this one is powered by the 198 CID Fireball V-6, and because of this engine, Buick won Motor Trend Magazines Car-of-the-Year for the entire Special lineup. This car shows around 47,000 miles, and according to the listing is mostly original. The equipment is almost exactly like the 1961 model above, including Automatic, Radio, and DeLuxe interior. The only real difference between the two is the Wheel Covers, and the Engine.
The bidding is up to $4,001, also with an unmet reserve. See the listing here.
Are these two Buick Specials worth saving, and how much do you think they are worth? I’m sure you have opinions, so lets hear them.