This Ultra is
rust-free as it has been spared the possible harshness of winters for all of its 26
years. The whitewall tires are new from 2018 and so show no wear. The aluminium
rims are in fine shape. The vehicle shows extremely well both inside and out.
The tan-coloured leather interior and the carpets are virtually like new. The
dash has no cracks or fading. The transmission shifts smoothly and the car
accelerates with authority. Neither owner smoked in the car. Its weight (3639
lbs) and wheelbase (110.7 inches) combine for a very comfortable ride.
In short, it is ready for
you to show and enjoy.
Further Condition DetailsRust-free virtually everywhere, including
the shock towers, the inside edges of the trunk lid and four door
inside bottoms (see pictures)RustproofedCrack-free vinyl dash and door components
Back seat virtually never used
No tears in the leather
No deterioration in color or proper
positioning of the headliner
No carpet stains
No broken glass or worn light lenses
No mirror discoloration
No pets, children, commercial use or
All instrumentation functions
No tarnish or rust on the bright
work (chrome, stainless steel).
Just Shy of Showroom Condition
There are two small dints in the hood and
one smaller one in the trunk lid.
Also, as is visible in one of the
pictures, there is a hairline crack of about 2 inches in the front rubber
bumper, driver’s side. These very minor issues could easily be repaired by a professional body shop, should the new owner so wish.
Kindly note that there
is a small dent in the chrome trim on the driver’s side fender where the bumper wraps around it; however, the
correct replacement part is included with the sale. Also, the air conditioning
system is not presently working, although the compressor turns and a test in 2018 showed
When first introduced,
some automotive reviewers remarked stylistic similarities between this model
and the Jaguar. This is most apparent when looking along the side of the car
from either the front or the back: it is narrower at the extremes than in the
middle, giving it a certain grace and no doubt adding mildly to positive
automotive aerodynamics. This and other features – such as
the grille and the styling of the rear end of the car – no doubt contribute to the
New ignition cylinder
New gas and brake lines
New Toyo white wall tires all around
New front wheel bearings
Driver’s side rear-view mirror replaced
(original was turning dark)
New rubber blades on original stainless
steel windshield wiper arms.
Front brake service: new coated rotors,
ceramic brake pads and flex hoses. One of the advantages of these rotors and brake pads is that they do not shed the amount or type of brake dust asbestos pads do which quickly discolors the white walls.
Eaton Supercharger Nose rebuild kit
installed, including new OEM coupling, two sets of bearings, oil shaft
seal and correct GM supercharger oil
Grease and oil change
Transmission lever lubricated.
Edmunds has 12 reviews on the Web for the 1993 Buick Park Avenue; the average
rating is 4.9 out of 5. Some describe its 3800 V6 motor as bullet proof.
The car has only had
two registered owners; first owner 1[hidden information]. Due to failing eyesight, he was
no longer able to drive. When I purchased the car in 2016; it had about
18,650 miles (30,000). The odometer now reads 34,800 mi (56,700). The first
owner seldom drove the Ultra, as he owned another vehicle, as do I. Built at
GM’s Wintzburg, Missouri Plant for the Canadian market, the
speedometer shows in kilometers on the outer circle and in miles on the inner
Motor Specifications and Performance
The 1993 Ultra is
powered by a supercharged 3.8 litre with 205 horsepower @ 4400 rpm and 260
ft-lbs. @ 2600 rpm. Whereas turbo-charged motors often have a slight delay in
response, called turbo-lag, if memory serves, supercharged motors respond immediately when you press further down on the gas pedal then normal. Highway fuel consumption averages about 25 mpg (U.S.) or 30 mpg (Canadian). While super
fuel is recommended by the manufacturer, some owners have opted for regular
fuel without issues.
This touring sedan
qualifies as a “sleeper”, that is, for most people, the car looks like it would
have only average acceleration at best. But if the driver happens to floor it –
either from a standstill or while cruising – the supercharger kicks in
instantly and the common observer will no doubt do a double take asking: “What was
that?” Of course the mature driver would do no such a thing, being quietly and wholly
satisfied in the knowledge of what lies at the ready under the hood. More
importantly, the mature pilot would avoid driving anyone to distraction.
With its two armrests
in the vertical position, the Ultra accomodates six passengers, having three
factory-installed seat restraints front and rear, a rare feature in today’s
We provide herein a
close-to-a-comprehensive list of this Ultra’s features. If we do not speak in
terms of “fully-loaded”, this is because, in light of car’s age, not everyone
is familiar with what “fully loaded” meant back in 1993, especially when
applied to the Ultra. Moreover, a number of features which were only optional
back then have now become standard, such as airbags, while numerous
other options were simply not available back then (such as a back-up camera or
a USB port), although several of these features can be installed with
Amenities on this
specific Ultra include:
Automatic front-wheel drive electronically
controlled 4-speed transmission
Full instrumentation, including
speedometer, odometer, trip distance indicator, oil pressure gauge, ampere
gauge, rpm gauge, motor temperature gauge, and gasoline gauge.
Variable-effort power steering
Adjustable steering wheel; not
leather-wrapped, it is in mint condition
Power brakes (front disc, rear drum)
Power windows with driver’s side
Six-way power adjustable front seats
Power rear-view door-mounted mirrors
Automatic dimming central rear-view mirror
Ultra script woven into each of the four door
Wraparound instrument panel includes part
of front doors
Automatic Climate Control with separate
driver and passenger controls
Stylish wrap-around dash merges into the
Outside temperature thermometer (choice of
Fahrenheit or Celsius display)
Reading or map lights, front and rear
Armrests, front and rear (front has
storage cabinet with a double drink holder)
Variable speed windshield wipers
Power door locks with driver’s side
Power trunk (release & pull-down)
Climate control with separate
passenger-side climate control
Automatic driving lights (night and day)
Electric rear-window defrost
Remote gas-door release
Exterior temperature indicator
Front and rear armrests
Front and rear reading/map lights,
Six seatbelts, three front and three rear.
Electric rear defrost
Generous leg and headroom, front and rear
(extra headroom due to absence of sunroof)
Large trunk with temporary spare
underneath the floor
Peculiar to the Ultra, a special grill sets
it apart from its cousins, the Park Avenue
and the Lesabre.
AC Delco Concert II AM/FM/cassette radio, sounds very nice.
Variable speed wipers.
Ash trays: one in front, two in rear, each
with a lighter; each can be used as a 12 volt power source
Factory floor mats, front and rear
Rear coat hooks
Handles in rear and passenger side front
to facilitate exit as do straps in back of front seats; they also provide
support to passengers during a sporty drive.
Large storage pockets in back of front
Time-adjustable sentinel lighting
Lamp monitoring system informs driver if
important lights are not working
Exterior features include:
Special grill unique to the Ultra
Ultra badging on front fenders
Supercharged script near the bottom of
right side of the trunk lid
Unique to the Ultra, integrated front and
rear chrome bumper components (fascia), front and back (real chromed
metal, not plastic)
Front and rear, alloy wheels with
whitewall tires and white centre discs
Chrome bumperettes, front and rear, with
rubber protectors (an option?)
A light circling the key hole on the
driver’s side door activates when you press on the door button, making it
easier to see where to insert the key at night.
Large door guards protect the car from
parking lot dings
Buick hood ornament
large with a 20.3 cubic feet capacity
Goodyear inflated convenience hidden spare with jack (both unused)
trunk carpet mat, fully lined trunk
plate slides in a slot and is only accessible with lid open
immaculate trunk floor, pictured without the mat, carpet and
Documentation and extrasVehicle comes with1993 Buick Park Avenue Owner’s Manual with blue vinyl coverFull-line Buick color brochure (24 pages)1993 Buick Service Manual (Park Avenue, Le Sabre)1993 Electrical Systems Manual (Park Avenue, Le Sabre)Polished stainless steel door post trim provided if buyer wishes to install this enhancing feature.
Safety check/Mechanical Inspection
As you know, if you are the successful bidder
and live in the United States,
you will need a transit permit from your state of residence. As
the vehicle is more than 25 years old, I am given to understand that a
Certificate of Compliance (with DOT and EPA requirements) is not needed (nor is it even available from the manufacturer).
If the purchaser
resides in Quebec, no safety check is required
as the vehicle is presently registered for road use in Quebec. If the purchaser resides in Ontario or elsewhere in Canada, a transit permit would be
necessary for transportation purposes and a safety check would, of course, be
required prior to registration.
Trivia: Historical PricingThe 1993 Buick Park Avenue Ultra four-door sedan was the
flagship, top-of-the-line Buick for the year, priced well above the rest of the
Buick fleet. With a suggested MSRP of $29,395 (U.S.D) - $3,355 more than the
base Park Avenue - it cost more than
the Buick Roadmaster Limited
($24,920) and even the Riviera
($26,230). As for the LeSabre, its
MSRP was $19,935 U.S.D. This data is fromT www.NADAguides.com, owned by J.D. Power
Adjusted for inflation
in 2019: the Ultra would come in at U.S. $46,715, or Can. $62,475.
This motor vehicle's low mileage, condition and
rarity make it a fairly unique offering and purchase opportunity. This is a
26 year-old vehicle, presently registered for use and driven for
leisure purposes. It is nonetheless being sold “as is” without any explicit or
TransportationThe Ultra is presently
located in the Ottawa area, about 60 miles from Ogdensburg, New
York (13669). If the buyer is American and wishes to
drive the Ultra home, I would be pleased to meet him/her at the border. The U.S. border authority in Ogdensburg informed me
in early uly 2019 that the vehicle can be imported without any fees, as it
falls under the trade agreement because the Ultra was manufactured in North America. The new owner need only complete one
import form at the border. Sales tax would be required from the state in which
the buyer registers the car. You may wish to confirm this information before
bidding, if you so wish. I only provide this as a courtesy and cannot guarantee
its ongoing accuracy, as I do not represent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). According to what I was
told, the process is free, fast and simple.
If you wish to contact
the CBP in Ogdensburg Port of Entry, here is their number:1 [hidden information].
You will no doubt have noticed that I have done my utmost to describe the vehicle and welcome any questions
from serious bidders.
Thank you for your interest. Wishing you safe and happy motoring.