Low Dollars Per Pound – 1966 Buick Special Wagon

If you’re looking to get the most metal for the fewest dollars, and the vintage truck option has been nixed, you can’t do any better than an older American wagon. Wagons of the 1950s with exciting features like fins and lots of chrome that are in relatively good condition have become popular and correspondingly expensive, but the same has not yet happened to 1960s and early 1970s wagons with relatively clean, uncluttered designs and improvements in safety, handling, and reliability. Which brings us to this 1966 Buick Special wagon for sale for $1750 in McCleary, WA.

1966 Buick Special wagon left front

This pale gold/green metallic is perfect on cars of the period, and does a great job of highlighting the car’s form while allowing the chrome to blend in more subtly than on a dark-colored car. This particular car is said to be equipped with the 300ci V8, likely equipped with a 2-barrel carburetor and good for 210hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Upgrading to 11.0:1 compression pistons and a 4-barrel carburetor would give you another 40hp and 25 lb.-ft. – something to keep in mind for the rebuild. Not that this car necessarily needs one, as it’s said to run well, or at least it did when it was started last fall. Does the rear wheel look a little askew in the above picture?

1966 Buick Special wagon right front

There is no notable rust to be seen on these pictures, but the paint is oxidized. Its title status is said to be parts-only, but the owner is confident getting a new title will be easy with a DMV form and renewed registration – is it really that easy in Washington state? You may want to actually do the purchase transaction at a DMV if you intend to get this back on the road. Green on white plates suggest this car has been there for most, if not all, of its life. Interestingly, the 300 V8 was a bored and stroked version of the famous 215, using a cast iron block and aluminum heads, though in 1965 the head material was changed to cast iron. Buy this car, do it up, and you could spend your weekends driving around looking for the perfect mid-century modern house to outside of which to park it.

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5 Responses to “Low Dollars Per Pound – 1966 Buick Special Wagon”

  1. MountainMan Says:

    Looks like a great deal. I’m currently in WA state and the way it works for old cars without titles is you can register it and drive right away and after three years of continous registration the state issues you a title.

  2. Tony Says:

    Definitely not enough pictures there for my comfort level. And no roof rack? What’s up with that? I agree that something looks amiss with that rear wheel. I’d like to see the other side to see. I’ve seen at least one Jeep break the centering pin off the leaf spring pack and shift like that. Easy fix really, but still…

  3. bluetoes591 Says:

    Crap. I have a soft spot for these.

  4. jimmyrk3 Says:

    Roof rack delete option,,,CHECK… Ahhh, now that is a wagon…

  5. steve in podunk Says:

    good deal if the title is doable; I’d go check it out if I wasn’t the entire country away from it.

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