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Wagon Ho!

Wagon Ho!

American Excellence 1974 Buick Estate Wagon
1:43 | $86.95


Buick’s last full-size station wagon, the 1971-1976 Estate Wagon, was something of a mixed breed. Officially part of the LeSabre line, it was built on the longer (127”) Electra chassis with the LeSabre nose and its own unique body. From 1971-1974, Estate Wagons had the four rectan- gular ventiports (“portholes” to most car guys), which usually appeared on the bigger Buicks, but 1975-76 models had only three – like the LeSabre. American Excellence’s new resincast model of a 1974 car has the correct 1974 grille, which extends under the quad headlights, but only three portholes; that’s the only nit we can find with this beauty. The overall shape, trim details, and look match photos very well, and the model checks out right to scale. The metallic green paint is flawless – if a bit more gold than chips indicate – while the wood-grain side trim decal looks just like what you’d see on the real thing. Every single piece of trim is done to scale with plated or photo-etched pieces; even the tiny, but perfectly legible, Estate Wagon scripts appear to be ultra-thin chrome on a clear adhesive strip. We don’t see any interior handles, but upholstery patterns are correct, as are all the wood-grain trim and authentic instrument panel details. If you remember the big Buick wagons fondly, you’ll love this one. —Wayne Moyer

Updated: July 29, 2014 — 12:53 PM

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