Station Wagons - An American Classic
The Station Wagon is an American classic. Station Wagons look better, handle better, and are more practical than any mini van or "SUV" could ever hope to be. They make great project cars, hot rods, and even race cars. It goes without saying that station wagons are the ultimate family car. Their unique combination of styling, utility , and drivability is unmatched by any other car. If you've experienced a Station Wagon, you already know how awesome they are for road trips, vacations, family life, etc. If you don't know, keep reading to find out why these cars just flat rock...
The very first Station Wagons were called "depot hacks." Depot hacks weren't production vehicles; they were based on a commercial chassis (usually Ford) with a custom body built by independent companies for extra passenger and cargo space. These hacks (taxis) were used to haul people and their luggage to and from the train depot, hence the term depot hack. Over time, the term station replaced depot, wagon replaced hack, and these specialty vehicles became known as Station Wagons. The first commercially produced wagon, the Star, was introduced in 1923.
America's Best Station Wagons
The Golden Age of Wagons
Treasury of Station Wagon Living - Not just a car but a lifestyle...
One of the reasons I like wagons so much is they help take me back to a simpler time. Gas was cheap, families had time to spend together, and there were a lot less things to worry about. One of the things I really enjoyed as a kid was car camping with my family, and station sagons are ideally suited for car camping. They're easier and more relaxing to drive than a truck, but they have plenty of room for all your camping gear. The fold down rear tailgate on many early wagons works great as a small picnic table, and the back end of many station wagons is big enough to comfortably sleep in if you don't feel like setting up a tent. In fact, Station Wagons and car camping go together so well that Ford published a book on all the aspects of car camping in a '57 Ranch Wagon. It was out of print for many years but is available again. If you want a good nostalgia trip, you will enjoy reading this book...
1958 Dodge Custom Sierra Station Wagon - Nothing beats a Mopar 9 Passenger Wagon...
(Photo: Alden Jewell)
I love early Mopar wagons, and this 1958 Dodge Custom Sierra is one of the nicest wagons Mopar made in their heyday. It would be awesome with an updated suspension and a new Hemi with a blower...
This is the car featured in Ford's Diary of Station Wagon Living. It's a full sized car, but actually pretty compact for the time - about the same size as my Buick Special. These make really nice cars (especially if you're trying to replicate the projects in the book). I think they came stock with a 292 V8. If I was building one today, I'd go for Ford's 4.6 SOHC for lots more power and lots better gas mileage.
Prewar Wagons - Station wagons from 1923 - 1950
Prior to WWII, most station wagons were classified as commercial vehicles and had wood or composite wood/metal bodies. These were very beautiful and today are highly sought after by collectors. Unfortunately the wood bodies weren't as durable as steel so there aren't many left today - if you want to buy one, expect to pay a lot of money for a nice one (of course you can also find one in not so good condition and restore it yourself if you have the skills.) In 1938, Dodge offered the first station wagon classified as a passenger car. This started the trend of these cars being a highly desired form of transformation, even though they didn't achieve huge popularity until several years after the war.
10 Reasons To Love Station Wagons - Reasons why they're awesome...
Some people like Pony Cars, others like Muscle Cars, and still others prefer Sports cars. There are even those who prefer an economy car or a sedan, not to mention trucks, vans, and SUVs. Wagons are my favorite though, and here are some of the reasons why...
- Station Wagons look slow, so they make good sleepers.
- They have lots of weight over the rear axle for better traction coming off the line.
- A Station Wagon has 4 doors without the social stigma of being a "4-door."
- They have lots of room to haul the wife, rug rat(s), groceries, etc.
- They're more affordable than most 2-door hod rods.
- If your wife kicks you out of the house, you can comfortably sleep in the back (just try sleeping comfortably in an SUV).
- All your friends can ride with you at the same time.
- You can easily haul several model airplanes and all related gear.
- There is lots of room for storing extra car parts.
- There is lots of room for camping and fishing gear.
The Golden Age - Station Wagons 1950 - 1975
In my opinion, the best station wagons are American wagons made between 1950 and 1973. In the years following WWII, demand for cars started to grow. Wagon sales started out slowly, but grew rapidly during the 1950s. In 1951, station wagons accounted for only 3.3% of all car sales in the U.S. By 1959, they accounted for almost 17% of U.S. car sales. They were no longer considered utility vehicles, and for many car makers represented the top of the line in styling and functionality. The low end wasn't ignored either - both Ford and Plymouth introduced compact wagons in 1960 (Falcon and Valiant respectively), with Chevy releasing the compact Corvair station wagon in 1961 and the much more popular Chevy II (Nova) in 1962. Throughout the 1960s, innovation was the order of the day as auto makers tried to "one-up" each other. As the 60's came to a close though, auto makers turned more towards product refinement, although some innovation continued, like GM's "Clam Shell" tailgate design. Ford and Chevy introduced 2 door compact wagons in the early 1970s (Pinto and Vega respectively), just in time for the energy crisis of 1974. The energy crisis, along with new emissions regulations imposed by Congress, marked the beginning of the end. Production would continue for 2 more decades, but for the most part the Station Wagon's best years were behind it.
In 1973, my parents purchased a brand new Dodge Coronet Crestwood station wagon with a 360 4 barrel engine and an automatic transmission. Since it was a demo vehicle, it came with all the options available at the time - air conditioning, power windows, semi-bucket front seats, and rear window exhaust deflector (a.k.a. spoiler). It was painted a beautiful shade of dark brown metallic, and was actually a pretty cool car even though I didn't realize it at the time. It was a huge improvement over their previous car (a 1964 Chevy Impala) and much more comfortable on trips to visit my grandparents. The back seat folded down creating a huge area in the back. When we'd go on trips, my parents would fold the seat down and my sister and I would sleep in the back.
My 3 Station Wagons...
For a True Believer, any station wagon is better than a non-wagon, but among wagons some are better than others. Station Wagon styles are at least as varied as other types of cars and no matter what your preferences are there is probably a Station Wagon suited for you. If you like "sporty," one of the compact wagons (Chevy Nova, Dodge Dart, Ford Falcon, or Plymouth Valiant) would probably be most to your liking. If you have a big family or lots of stuff to haul around you may prefer one of the full size wagons. If you want excellent handling and good road manners a mid-80's GM wagon (Olds Cutlass Cruiser, etc) might be your best choice. Here is a list of some of my favorite wagons and why they're my favorites...
1962 Plymouth Valiant Station Wagon
A face that only a mother could love...
The 62 Plymouth Valiant had front end styling that was, uhmmm, different and not exactly in a good way. I guess you could say they had a face that only Ma Mopar could love. Other than the front treatment, though, it's actually a pretty good looking car.The thing that makes the '62 Valiant wagon my favorite station wagon, though, is that one of the engine options was a high compression, 4-bbl 383 big block. The engine compartment is a little crowded for headers, but the F.A.S.T. guys are running in the 11's through stock exhaust manifolds so that isn't really a problem. This car could be both a grocery getter and a street terror at the same time. A stroked and mildly built Mopar 400 would make this wagon haul a lot more than just groceries while still having good street manners.
1962 Buick Special DeLuxe
Good looking mid-size...
I found my 62 Buick Special on eBay. It's in very nice Number 3 condition and I bought it for slightly less than Number 3 price so I'm pretty happy. This little car has a wheelbase of 112", so it's about halfway in size between the compact wagons (Mopar Valiant or Dart, Ford Falcon) and the full size station wagons. In spite of being smaller than it full size wagon, it handles like a land yacht but it's still fun to drive. The Buick Special Series 4000 came with Buick's odd-fire V6 (not exactly the smoothest running engine ever produced) but the Special DeLuxe Series 4100 came with Buick's excellent little all aluminum V8. If you can find one of these in good condition it would make a really nice station wagon to collect or drive on special occasions. Keep in mind that it's not the most popular wagon ever produced, so parts might be hard to find. This is especially important if you find a basket case you want to restore - at least if you hope to restore it to stock appearance.
My 62 Buick Special - Awesome little mid-sized wagon...
My 62 Buick Special is just a little bigger than my 64 Valiant, so I guess that makes it a mid-size station wagon. The similarities are kind of eerie... both have 13" wheels, both have similar displacement (215 cu. in. for the Buick and 225 for the Mopar), and they both use engines that were newly designed at the time the cars were built.
Vintage Buick Special Ad - I think this is for a 61 Buick Special but they're essentially the same as the 63 models...
Another Pic of my Buick - Dawn Patrol...
1963 Ford Falcon
The 1963 Ford Falcon was the last year of the rounded body style. The Falcon station wagon was a compact wagon about the same size as the Plymouth Valiant and the Chevy Nova. Like those other 2 wagons, the Falcon is light enough to perform well with an inline six cylinder engine. If I ever get my hands on 1 of these wagons, that's what I'll use. The 200 is the largest of Ford's Falcon series inline sixes (not sure about the 250) so that's what I'd build. The intake is kind of funky being cast as part of the head, but Offenhauser makes an adapter that (with a little machine work) lets you mount 3 stock 1-bbl carburetors with progressive linkage. Clifford Performance sells headers and cams, put together right this would be a neat little car.
1964 Plymouth Valiant - An A Body wagon can haul more than just groceries...
Mopar redesigned the Valiant in 1963, so the 1963 - 1966 series was completely different than the 1962 Valiant. They were smaller, lighter, and much better looking. I think the 64 Valiant Station Wagon is the best looking of the series; 1964 was also the last year the Valiant was offered with a push button automatic transmission. You could run a small block Mopar, but the early Mopar A Body station wagons are perfect for Mopar's Slant Six. Clifford and Hooker both have headers for the Slant Six, but for a streetcar the best exhaust option would be Dutra Duals. A factory 2-bbl intake setup would work very well on the street and more exotic options are readily available. You can choose from the factory Hyper Pack (single 4 bbl), dual 1 bbls on an Offenhauser intake, triple Webers, even EFI. My Valiant wagon will be running dual Webers on a modified Offenhauser intake.
My 64 Plymouth Valiant - She's seen better days, but the best days are still ahead...
1962 - 65 Chevy Nova
Nice little wagon that could smoke with an I6...
The 1962 - 65 Chevy Nova station wagon has an unfair advantage over other early compact wagons like the Plymouth Valiant or Ford Falcon - it readily accepts the small block Chevy. In my opinion though, this little station wagon is a much better fit for Chevy's inline 6. The Nova station wagon was produced in much larger quantities than the Dart, Valiant, and Falcon station wagons, so it's a lot easier to find one in good condition. Of all the station wagons on my list, the early Nova wagons are the easiest to find. They're also more popular than the other wagons, so prices can tend to be high in spite of the better availability. Even so, nice examples of the Nova wagon can be found for around $5-15,000 or less if you're patient. Basket cases can be found for as low $500. Unlike some of the other station wagons on my list, parts for the Nova are easy to find (it's a Chevy after all) so you don't need to shy away from the basket cases for fear of not being able to find parts. This may just be the best entry level station wagon you can get into.
1969 Olds Vista Cruiser
A fine full size Station Wagon...
The Olds Vista Cruiser was introduced in 1964. A really unique feature was a split glass skylight over the 2nd seat and small glass panels over the rear cargo area windows. In 1967, the Vista Cruiser was restyled, resulting in one of the best looking station wagons to ever be produced (IMHO). The standard engine was an Olds Rocket 350, with the Olds 400 from the 4-4-2 becoming available in 1968. In 1970, the Olds 455 became an option. Transmission options were a 2 or 3 speed automatic or a 3 or 4 speed manual. The 69 Vista Cruiser is my favorite because it had the styling of the early 2nd generation Cruisers (in 1970 Olds changed the styling) and a "Dual Action" tailgate. The standard engine and transmission offerings are adequate, but if I ever get my own Vista Cruiser I'm going to run a Cadillac 500 V8 backed by a 4 speed automatic overdrive transmission. The 69 Vista Cruiser is a really good looking car and it's probably my favorite station wagon, even though it's not a Mopar.
Olds Vista Cruiser - The ultimate wagon?
Any Full Size Chrysler Wagon
My current favorite is the '72 Town and Country
The ChryslerTown and Country is one of my favorite full size station wagons. It was available in both 6 passenger and 9 passenger models; the 9 passenger Town and Country had a folding 3rd seat that faced to the rear of the car. This wagon was huge and is one of the largest station wagons ever produced. Lots of room to haul a large family, camping gear, all your worldly possessions, etc. To get all that mass moving, the best engine is Chrysler's excellent 440 (the Town and Country was offered with several lesser engines as well). If you can find one of these, it would make an excellent family car (don't expect great gas mileage though), tow car, or a great project car. No matter what you use it for, the Town and Country is one sweet ride.
1970 Datsun 510
Small station wagon for the street or Pro Rally
The Datsun 510 series was a neat little car produced from 1968 - 1974. The coupes were popular in certain sports car racing classes and are considered collectible today, but I like the station wagon version of the 510. It is very small by American station wagon standards, but it has all the requisites - 4 doors, fold-down rear seat, "wagon" roof line, and rear hatch. The 510 wagon is also rear wheel drive which is always a plus but rare for Japanese cars. The engine is pre-smog, reliable, easy to work on, and easy to modify. For a reliable daily driver you can just leave the engine stock, but a few hop-ups coupled with a beefed up chassis and some suspension mods would make the 510 wagon perfect for Pro Rally or blasting down the fire roads through your local forest. As a street machine, the 510 would make an outstanding sleeper if you put in a later model Nissan engine with a turbo running lots of boost. I want one...
Datsun 510 - A Really Great Compact - Pro Rally, anyone?
One of my friends had one of these in high school. Long story... we're both lucky to be alive, the car is long gone, and it was my fault. Anyway, I've wanted to find one and restore it ever since. This particular one is a later model (1980 or 81?) with rectangular headlights. My friend's 510 was an earlier one with round headlights - which look much better IMO. This would be a really fun car with a late model Nissan turbo engine.
1972 Ford Pinto Station Wagon
Lots of fun in spite of only 2 doors...
Even though it only has 2 doors, the Pinto wagon is one of my favorite small station wagons. The original Pintos came with 2.0 litre inline 4, but in 1974 an optional 2.3 litre OHC 4 was offered as an option. The 2.3 OHC is a very cool engine that can be turbo charged and built to very high power levels. These little 2 door wagons with a turbo'd 2.3 would make excellent sleepers and could embarrass many muscle cars in a drag race. I want one. It would go really nice with the Datsun 510 and Chevy Vega compact wagons that I'm going to own some day.
1971 - 74 Dodge Coronet Crestwood
I have many happy memories of this car...
Because of the memories I have of family vacations in one of these, the 1974 Dodge Crestwood is my absolute favorite car. My parents' 74 Crestwood wagon took us safely on many family vacations, taught me how to drive, got me back and forth to my first job, and gave me my first taste of independence. Unfortunately I was stupid at the time and didn't appreciate the finer points of owning and driving a Station Wagon. One of my last acts before joining the Air Force was stripping this beautiful, mint condition car of the engine and transmission and towing the body to the county dump - an act I'm now ashamed of of and hope God will forgive me for. I still have the engine in my garage. The Coronet wagon's base engine was Chrysler's 318, but a car this large really needs at least a 360. 383's and 440's were also available as options. When I find my 74 Coronet it's going to run a Mopar 360 stroked to 400 cubic inches.
73 Dodge Coronet - Awesome Mopar wagon with Big Block power...
This Coronet station wagon recently sold in Reno - the asking price was less than $5000!!!. I checked it out but didn't buy it 'cause my wife said if I got it I'd have to sell my Buick Special and that "ain't happening." It was a very nice car though - great paint, zero rust (very rare for a Mopar), decent interior, and a 400 big block. I can just imagine this with a stroked engine - around 472 inches - and a Six Pack intake. Oh well, some day...
1972 Dodge Coronet Crestwood - I learned to drive in one of these...
My parents bought a brand new Dodge Coronet Crestwood wagon when I was 8 or 9 years old and it was the family car for about 10 years. I have many memories tied to that car - trips to Sacramento to visit my grandparents, learning how to drive, my first date, cruising with my friends, crawling under the dashboard to disconnect the odometer so my dad wouldn't know how many miles I'd put on it when I was out with my friends... Some day I'm going to have one of my own.
1976 - 1980 Dodge Aspen
A nice mid-size wagon...
The 1976 - 1980 Dodge Aspen was based on Chrysler's F-Body platform, and was one of the last rear wheel drive cars produced by Chrysler before they went over to the dark side of front wheel drive. The Aspen (and Plymouth Volare) used a transverse torsion bar front suspension that gave a softer ride than the earlier A-Body cars but handling suffered. If you're not building a canyon carver, you should be OK. The Aspen is a nice mid-size wagon with light weight and good aerodynamics so you can get pretty good fuel mileage. If you get one, try to stay away from the 1976 and 1977 models - they had quality control problems that were mostly solved by the 1978 model year.
1995 Honda Accord LX
Another excellent Japanese station wagon...
Except for the Datsun 510 wagon, I'd never seen another Japanese station wagon that I liked. Most seemed kind of bland and some were downright ugly. That changed one day when I pulled in behind a Honda wagon at the gas station. I'd never seen one like it before, and it was a good looking car. I asked the owner about it and it turned out to be a 95 Accord LX Station Wagon. I'm hooked. I've been a big fan of Hondas ever since we got our S2000 but never thought I'd own a Honda wagon until I came across the 95 Accord. The LX version came with a non-VTech B series engine (the VTech was only available in the EX model), but the VTech should be an easy swap. If (when) I get one of these, though, I'm going to go for a K engine swap with a turbo. Talk about a sleeper... this combo would be fast enough to blow off a lot of so-called street racers and have all the practicality of the station wagon platform. All in all, I rate this as a "must have" wagon.
Classic Station Wagons For Sale - Where to find one...
It can be tough to find a good station wagon for sale. Most were bought by family guys, not car guys, and tended to get junked (crushed) instead of collected and restored. Many others were derby'd by people who didn't know any better. Still, it's possible to find good deals on classic station wagons - maybe just not locally. The best source of classic and vintage wagons for sale is eBay. You might think it's not a great idea to buy a car from someone you don't know halfway across the country - and it isn't unless you're careful, do your homework, ask lots of questions, and be careful (yeah, I know I said "be careful" twice). Actually, eBay motors makes it relatively safe to buy a car on line. They have a good system in place for hooking up buyers with professional vehicle inspection and transportation companies, Even if you decide not to buy your wagon on eBay, it's worth checking out their listings to get an idea of what you might pay when you finally find your dream station wagon. Here are a few to check out...
Tips for Buying a Car on eBay
Don't let yourself get ripped off...
The best way to avoid getting ripped off is to know as much as possible about the car before you commit to buy (i.e. place a bid). Talk to the seller early and often. If the car is within driving distance, inspect it yourself. If not, contact a professional vehicle inspection company in the seller's area. Yes it costs money, but it could save you from losing much more. It can also help weed out bad sellers... if the seller isn't willing to allow an inspection then you should probably look elsewhere for your station wagon. Also, talk to the seller about transportation. Almost all sellers will expect you to arrange transportation, but some are more helpful than others. Many sellers will expect an advance payment at the end of the auction. If you will be picking up the car yourself, see if they will wave the deposit and accept full payment at time of pickup (delivery). I guess I don't need to add that if you're paying in person it's much safer to pay with a cashier's check instead of cash...
Other Sites You Might Like...
- International Station Wagon Club
The International Station Wagon Club is a great resource for station wagon owners and fans. They print a quarterly newsletter called The Tailgate and have many cool wagon pics in their Member's Gallery.
- Facebook Station Wagon Group
If you're on FB, be sure to join the Station Wagon Group. It could really use more members (hint, hint...) Check it out. If you like it you can send me (glockr) a Friend request - be sure to reference Station Wagons in the request.
StationWagon.com is the oldest station wagon site on the internet. Unfortunately the author hasn't been maintaining it since 2002, but there is still a lot of good information on the site. Definitely worth checking out...
- Station Wagon Forums
Internet forum just for wagon lovers. Fairly active and the people are very friendly. If you have questions about station wagons this is a great place to ask.
There's no end to the stuff you can find on line...
Just random stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else, but I wanted to include it.
Check this out. If my parents' wagon had been this cool when I was in high school I probably wouldn't have minded driving it. You really need to take a look at this - a Mercedes turbo diesel station wagon set up for drifting. It makes me think I should set my Valiant wagon up for drifting instead of as a street car.
- Drifting in a Mercedes Wagon
How cool is that?
1952 Buick Wood Bodied Wagon - Classic post-war car...
(Image: aldenjewell on Flickr)
61 Dodge Dart Pioneer Wagon - Gorgeous example of Mopar's early 60's styling...
(Photo: aldenjewell on Flickr)
1962 Holden EJ Special Station Wagon - Simply Gorgeous...
Uncommon but beautiful. Would love to have this in my driveway. The blinds in the back side windows are a very cool idea. The fender emblem looks identical to the one on my 62 Buick Special DeLuxe. Wnder if Buick and Holden were somehow related?
1967 AMC Rambler Rebel Mariner Edition Station Wagon - Beautiful wagon example by AMC......
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Really clean AMC wagon. The blue and white color combination is very striking.
1977 Dodge Monaco Crestwood Station Wagon - Another fine Mopar wagon...
(Photo: ThatHartfordGuy via Flickr)
Really nice Mopar wagon, and I really like the vintage gas station it's sitting in front of. By the mid 70's Mopar "performance" was kind of an oxymoron though, so to make this run decently I'd swap in a later 360 Magnum or maybe a 5.8 Hemi.
2001 Toyota Corolla - Nice compact wagon...
This would be my 3rd choice for a compact wagon, behind a Datsun 510 and a Honda Accord.
Models - Model Station Wagon kits on eBay...
If you like station wagons but don't have room for one, you can always collect station wagon models.They're a lot of fun to build and a great way to add your favorite wagons to your collection without needing acres of garage space and a small fortune. The best place to find model station wagon models is eBay, especially kits that are no longer in production. Here is a list of some that are currently available. Enjoy...
Very Cool 48 Ford Wagon Model - Perfect for you or a friend...
This Woody Wagon model would look great on your desk or on a shelf in your office or your Man Cave.
Two New Edsels - Carpet Central local 1964 delivering the newest Edsel station wagons...
Have a Station Wagon memory you'd like to share? Questions about Station Wagons? Comments on this lens? Let me know... I appreciate all comments and feedback.
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Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on March 12, 2019:
They're beautiful vehicles.
Simon on January 07, 2017:
Yes they are in bed together, GM has owned Holden since I think the late 1800s. This confirms your special badges.
Chris Ritter on September 07, 2014:
Hey LOVE the site.... I too love the Mopar Wagons... Grew up with a 68, 70, 72 Plymouth Fury Sport Suburbans. I actually owned a 1970 Olds Vista Cruiser with the 455 4bbl & dual exhausts, that was before I really appreciated station wagons. My dream station wagon is a custom a 1975 Imperial Town & Country where I put an Imperial front clip on a T&C, I'd like to put the rear tail lights & bumper on as well, plus throw in some great pillowed leather seats from an Imperial...WOAH
noon1028 on July 04, 2014:
Family had a 71 Olds Vista Cruiser growing up, great times....
shadoe1 on February 19, 2014:
I had a 62 ford falcon wagon & loved it .Now I,m rebuilding a nice barn find 1965 Dart wagon .Trying to find part,s for said Wagon is quite a chore .Mose of the time I have to bid for parts on E-bay. & it,s hard to rely get any good deals . But the Charger 225 slant 6 is one hell of a though little Power plant. I,m trying to find a 883O.D. fore speed that they don,t wan,t an arm & leg for. Right now the little 65 just seems to be a cash pit . But one peace at a time!!!!
stewartcustoms on August 26, 2013:
My parents used to haul me around in an Old Ford wagon - I think it was a Countr Squire, but my memories of that car are faded...except that it was fun when we folded down the rear seat. Good times...I miss being a kid. We are looking for a station wagon restoration project. I'd love any ideas. Take a look at some projects we have already finished:
Sacramento Auto Body and Customs
shewins on July 04, 2013:
An impressive complilation of cool station wagons.
aaaccidentattorneys on May 14, 2013:
Nothing like the station wagon, or the family car. I remember watching people sitting in the seats facing the back always making faces, good times.
AJ from Australia on May 06, 2013:
I certainly spent a good part of my childhood in a station wagon!
Dusty2 LM on May 02, 2013:
My folks always owned station wagons so all of us youngsters weren't crowded in a back seat all bunched up and fighting all the time because of spaces being invaded or someone was touching someone else. The photos of your station wagons really brought back some memories and judging from the looks of them they are still in really good shape for their age. The only wagon I have ever liked and would have liked to own was the 1955 Chevy Nomad like Tim the Tool Man' car. Anyway, Thank You for stopping by my Best Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the mac-n-cheese. Bon Appetit!
Vikki from US on May 02, 2013:
Dug up some good deep memories while checking out those pics there. ;)
JimHofman on May 02, 2013:
Wow this lens brings back memories! My first car was a Buick Special. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 01, 2013:
I really enjoyed this read and seeing the old station wagon pictures. I had a Dodge Aires Wagon in the early 80's. I loved that car.
Genjud on April 30, 2013:
I loved all of our station wagons. My parents had one, and we had several. We delivered newspapers, hauled sheet rock, and best of all we used it for camping with our 5 children. Many fond memories!
Matt_Lowe on April 23, 2013:
Very cool! I remember my parents getting an Oldsmobile (I think) with the wood-grain paneling back in the early 80's. My brothers and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.
chironseer on April 10, 2013:
Great lens, nice looking cars, as a Brit, I don't know much about them really.
Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 09, 2013:
I always liked the woody models. We used to have a game we played in the backseat when we were kids. You needed to be the first one to spot a woody driving down the road.
kabbalah lm on March 02, 2013:
I like classics. I myself am a classic :)
MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on February 22, 2013:
Oh wow, great pictures and station wagon memories! My dream car still is a Chevy Nomad wagon, all fixed up, smooth and shiny, yum. The best wagon I ever owned was a 79' Datsun, 5 speed. Classy little car I could carry all sorts of stuff in and cute too! Great lens, congrats on your purple star and LOTD!
sparkee lm on December 14, 2012:
Nice Lens. I had a 1956 Chevy Sedan Delivery and a 1956 Ford 2dr. Crown Victoria station wagon. I wish I still had them today.
anonymous on December 01, 2012:
I am looking for a 1967 Country Squire...390, Factory air in good to great condition. Will also entertain a 1962 Falcon wagon. There used to be a great site out of Calif. can't find it.
glenbrook (author) on October 21, 2012:
@anonymous: Michael, that's awesome:) I love the 60-63 Falcons. If you're on FB how about joining the wagon group and posting a pic? Links don't work in my guestbook but you can copy and paste...
anonymous on October 21, 2012:
love the site!I have a 60 falcon and it's all original.It was in the family and when my uncle died,my aunt asked me if I wanted it so I said yes before he paid A junkie to come and take it away.
ChrisHib on October 21, 2012:
I'm glad you want one back! there's definitely something cool and different about a station wagon..that drifty merc is giving me ideas for my next car! that baby blue hot rod is really cool as well, looks like a good sleeper!
crstnblue on September 26, 2012:
Very nice lens about stationwagon! Thumbs up & thanks for sharing!
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on August 01, 2012:
My Aunt & her family used to travel every summer to my Grandparents home. They packed many people into their station wagon.
OrlandoTipster on July 19, 2012:
We went cross country in a country squire station wagon
steph-naylor on July 18, 2012:
I just dropped by to say 'super lens' Thankyou!!
anonymous on June 20, 2012:
My mother bought her first new car, post divorce, and it was a 1972 Datsun 510 wagon. It was blue with the white interior, 4-speed with AM radio. She drove that car 10-yrs and raised 3 boys and one Irish Setter while doing it. Great memories. She took us camping to Vancouver BC, I learned to drive on it and regret seeing it go to the dealer for $622 when she traded it for her '82 Sentra.
curtmaxwall on June 11, 2012:
station wagons have always been distinctive from other car designs and I love them too..
anonymous on May 20, 2012:
nice site thank you for sharing
Cindy from Pittsburgh Pa on May 20, 2012:
I love these old wagons and had a rambler as my first car I bought for $100 and loved it,, hmmm... wonder if I have any old photos of it:)
biggking lm on May 18, 2012:
My 2nd car at 19 was a 2001 VW Passat Station wagon. Everyone laughed at why I was driving a moms car. Once people realized that my vehicle had a lot of storage space in it, everyone wanted me to carry things for them on trips. Still station wagons are in style, just look at the new CTS-V wagon.
JoshK47 on May 09, 2012:
Just seeing these makes me want to hop in one and head out west! Blessed by a SquidAngel!
robertzimmerman2 on May 08, 2012:
We had a Chevy Caprice Estate WAgon, what a cruiser!
Bercton1 on May 07, 2012:
Great collections of wagon. Cool lens. Thanks
jdwheeler on May 03, 2012:
stefanruse on May 02, 2012:
Really awesome Station Wagon and Classic Station Wagons. Thanks
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on May 02, 2012:
Cool photos. We had one when I was growing up. We also had one briefly when my kids were small. Great but real gas guzzlers.
JoyfulReviewer on April 29, 2012:
This is quite the walk down memory lane ... nice showcase of many classics. ~~Blessed~~
Fay Favored from USA on April 29, 2012:
Just goes to prove that parents can be right :) I never liked SW's as a kid either, and still don't want one. But I do have fond memories of my aunt's wagon. Hers had real wood on the sides. That was cool.
anonymous on April 14, 2012:
Wich is correct: Woody or Woodie for 1970s vintage station wagons? I see both terms in the same context
BeyondRoses on April 03, 2012:
How sweet the memories. I can remember my parents having a station wagon too, and remember the only move we made, when I was about 18. Mom was trying to get my Dad to take a load of plants in the wagon, every time he left the house.
neuromancer lm on March 30, 2012:
I don't like wagons, but some of the old ones looks really awesome.
Natalie W Schorr on March 30, 2012:
We always had station wagons when we grew up. Now I have a Jetta wagon. Great lens!
GoodGirlSEO on March 29, 2012:
I had a Subaru Outback Legacy---best car ever!
AnnaleeBlysse on March 28, 2012:
We never owned one when I was a kid, but my friend's mom had a car that looked like that 1974 Dodge Crestwood you have posted above.
Rob Hemphill from Ireland on March 28, 2012:
This is a terrific lens with some great station wagons. Love the pictures!
GreenMind Guides from USA on March 28, 2012:
Great idea for a lens. I can still smell the inside of our family's Rambler wagon on a hot summer day...
goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on March 27, 2012:
Great lens. We had two when I was young, and we used to love riding in back and rolling back and forth whenever the car took a turn!
Beverly Lemley from Raleigh, NC on March 27, 2012:
That videp was a scream! Loved your top ten list, and since I am old enough, ahem, all these cars look really cool. Thanks for the memories! B : )
brynimagire on March 20, 2012:
Nice car model . Thanks for sharing.!
glenbrook (author) on March 19, 2012:
@anonymous: If it has a Slant Six, I'd say that is probably a bit much especially if you plan on doing any mountain driving. I would ask on www.forabodiesonly.com - lots of people over there way more knowledgeable than I am when it comes to the early Valiant wagons. Even if it won't tow the trailer it would be a cool car to have.
anonymous on March 19, 2012:
I'm looking at a 63 Plymouth Valiant wagon V200? Anyone know if that will pull my vintage trailer (just under 2000 lbs)? Thanks
anonymous on March 13, 2012:
I remember my parents' 1972 Dodge Coronet SW. Lots of neat trips in that car!
LizRobertson on March 12, 2012:
What a fun trip! I'd love one of these pulling my vintage 1964 Shasta travel trailer! I think I've found a new hobby to hunt!
zdaddyo on March 03, 2012:
Growing up we had a late 60's Town and Country. Awesome vehicle for cross country trips with four boys. When it finally was time to give it up we sold it to the "Mayor of Dewey" so he could use it in a smash-up-derby. Awesome way to watch it go.
LouisaDembul on March 03, 2012:
We, too, had a station wagon when I was a kid. We loved the fact that everything could fit when we went to our summer house- kids, dogs, food, etc. It was absolutely full when we set off!
Jeanette from Australia on March 02, 2012:
Haha. I also learned to drive in my parents' station wagon. It had three gears on the column. Do they still make cars with gears like that?
CTsHeart on March 01, 2012:
Excellent lens! We owned a station wagon when I was a kid and I loved it. My older son will love this page!
JustNewCars on February 26, 2012:
Nice Lens. Take a peak at mines as well. Thanks
anonymous on February 14, 2012:
One of the best car, Thanks for posting this.
SecondHandJoe LM on February 10, 2012:
I bought the little '72 Pinto you have pictured above for 20 dollars in 1978, and it lasted for ever. In fact I saw it on the streets for years after I sold it. I didn't miss it much, but it would be fun to see it now! Thanks for the fun and a 'cool' road trip.
Rebeljohn on February 05, 2012:
Thanks for posting this. Makes me think back to my days as a child my dad owned a wagon .
Pangionedevelopers on January 29, 2012:
love the cars
GuyB LM on January 28, 2012:
We called them swagger wagons back when I was young. I can still remember being around 10 years old and hearing my dear old dad say, "Sit in your seat and shut up. I gotta run in to this house cause this fool owe me money. You sit tight junior, daddy be right back." I miss those moments
Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on January 24, 2012:
We had a late '70's model Chevy Impala wagon that I have tons of memories riding around town in, taking road trips to my relatives' houses and my mom taking all the neighborhood kids to the pool in during summertime. Great lens!
GreenMind Guides from USA on January 22, 2012:
Practically grew up in one of these. Looking at your lens I can almost smell that interior-on-a-hot-day smell. Great lens and also pretty inspiring.
nelsonkana on January 21, 2012:
Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.
bikerministry on January 18, 2012:
This is a great lens. I remember our 61 Chevy Wagon - family of 8 took a trip on Rt 66 out West. Long story - lens fodder I presume. What memories. Blessings.
anonymous on January 13, 2012:
S - wagons are still trademark of lifestyle. Nice lens
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 06, 2012:
Station wagons are still trademark of lifestyle. Great lens!
Jwilkey on December 10, 2011:
One of the best cars I ever owned was a station wagon with woodgrain on the side! Check out my site on lifted trucks if you get the chance.
anonymous on December 01, 2011:
i just purchased a 63 nova wagon
working on building a 350 to put in her
i think it will go right nice with the 3 speed and some 10" street slicks
Ann Scaling Tucker from Enid, OK on December 01, 2011:
I had a Ford Country Squire wagon with the paper wood on the sides, if I remember right it was an '80 used but excellent shape, had it till I got a Toyota in 2000. I loved that car. A Mercury salesman told me they would never make another wagon, guess he was proved wrong. I have a 67 Ford Thunderbird in my garage that still runs. Here is some Angel Dust for those grand old cars.
ekkoautos on November 29, 2011:
Good luck to your business on squidoo
Wendy Hughes from Charlotte on November 27, 2011:
I have a 1998 Volvo XC 70 in my garage right now; it has engine problems but I can't part with it! I'm amazed at your lens! Great job and very informative. SMILE! ~Wendy
ChickenGutz on November 16, 2011:
I am a big fan of old 'grocery getters'! I love 'em! Thanks for this really cool site!
David Bynon from Prescott, Arizona on November 07, 2011:
This lens takes me back. I remember sitting backwards in the old AMC wagon making faces at the other motorists. Good times. Great fun. Thanks for the lens full of memories!
lychic on October 26, 2011:
I saw them occasionally on street but I have never been in one though.
jceschin lm on October 07, 2011:
I like your lens. Great pictures and a lot of information. Congrats!
Pat Moire from West Village, New York City on October 06, 2011:
The Nash Rambler during the 50s is my favorite American wagon, the Volvo P1800 ES from 1973 is a gorgeous sport wagon.
hamster1960 on October 03, 2011:
I like wagons and your lens
ScareYouDiva on October 03, 2011:
I grew up with an old Dodge station wagon we used to travel around the country in the summertime camping. We used to fight over who got to sit in the bumper seat in back.
BillSimmons on September 28, 2011:
BillSimmons on September 28, 2011:
Nice lens! Classic wagons are always cool.
glenbrook (author) on September 26, 2011:
@ledouxrt: You don't know what you missed out on:)
ledouxrt on September 26, 2011:
I'm so glad my parents never bought one!
Vicki from USA on September 25, 2011:
Cool lens, I love it! My parents bought a huge, green Plymouth station wagon in '72 and moved our family of five and a young, hyperactive Collie from Louisiana to Nebraska (we were a military family). We arrived at our new home on Christmas Eve, and it was snowing like crazy (I don't know if Dad remembered the snow tires or chains). Can't you imagine the state of mind my poor parents were in with 3 little brats excited about Christmas yet tired from traveling along with a pooping puppy in the car? To add to the drama, my dad was a heavy smoker but couldn't smoke in the car because of my allergies and my brother's asthma, and Mom was going nuts trying to keep us kids from snooping around in the car trying to find Christmas presents!
Awesome lens, thank you for the memories! I am going to add a link to your Station Wagon lens to my Retro Loco lens. ~Vicki~
ABattlePlan on September 24, 2011:
Wagons are great. I remember riding in the third row of my buddies grandmas wagon when we went downtown for his birthday.
I really want an old buick wagon for my next project car
chgreen on September 19, 2011:
this subject is popular with a lot of folks. it makes us feel good to remember the good old days... thanks.
LasgalenArts on September 15, 2011:
The drive in movie was the fond memories I have. We used to be brought to the drive in while wearing our pajamas as a child with sleeping bags in the back. Great lens! I'm not particularly a car person but I read every bit of it.
seeker2011 lm on September 15, 2011:
1996 EF GLi Falcon Wagon. cool lense
NidhiRajat on September 13, 2011:
amazing lens. fantastic contents
easpegren on September 10, 2011:
Brings back memories. We always had one when I was growing up in the late 60's. Thanks for the lens.
anonymous on September 09, 2011:
Fantastic! Best wishes :)
LizRobertson on August 15, 2011:
Great lens! My husband and I have a vintage '63 Shasta trailer and have been looking for a fun tow vehicle- we're on the fence Truck vs. Station Wagon?
anonymous on June 16, 2011:
You forgot the sexiest Station Wagon ever, the Volvo P1800E: http://www.shannons.com.au/library/images/auctions...
I however, admire your brevity and also love Station Wagons. I don't understand how people who don't off-road buy and SUV and then use it like a station wagon. I wouldn't even buy an SUV to off-road in, that's what trucks are for, but that's another conversation entirely.
And mini-vans? Who the crap...so fugly. Chevy Luminas? Who is going to remember those in 50 years? ROFL.
Station Wagons were the ultimate family car in terms of utility, function, comfort, and efficiency, maybe not the V-8s, but certainly better than SUVs.
I'm a fan of not having more vehicle than you need. You always end up paying for it in the end.
LikinTrikin LM on May 19, 2011:
Great lens.. I grew up with many different wagons and took over a few when the parents bought new. My Favorite was a '59 Plymouth with push-button shifter. We had a country home and we'd put the tailgate down and all of us kids would sit on it while mom drove to the beach with the back stuffed with beach chairs and umbrellas and tubes and rafts.. Something we wouldn't think of doing today but what memories!! Thank you and blessings.
marckq on May 09, 2011:
the depot hack is a lot similar to the jeepneys here in the Philippines. Really nice article. congratulations.