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Classic and Vintage Station Wagons - Why They're Awesome, Why You Want One, and Where to Find Them

Updated on December 5, 2013

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...

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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...

1958 Dodge Custom Sierra station wagon
1958 Dodge Custom Sierra station 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.

(Photo: gem66 on Flickr under Creative Commons)

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...

  1. Station Wagons look slow, so they make good sleepers.
  2. They have lots of weight over the rear axle for better traction coming off the line.
  3. A Station Wagon has 4 doors without the social stigma of being a "4-door."
  4. They have lots of room to haul the wife, rug rat(s), groceries, etc.
  5. They're more affordable than most 2-door hod rods.
  6. If your wife kicks you out of the house, you can comfortably sleep in the back (just try sleeping comfortably in an SUV).
  7. All your friends can ride with you at the same time.
  8. You can easily haul several model airplanes and all related gear.
  9. There is lots of room for storing extra car parts.
  10. 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...

My 3 Station Wagons...
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...

1961 Buick Special Station Wagon Ad
1961 Buick Special Station Wagon Ad

Another Pic of my Buick - Dawn Patrol...

My 63 Buick Special Wagon at the crack of dawn
My 63 Buick Special Wagon at the crack of dawn

1963 Ford Falcon

Timeless looks...

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...

1964 Plymouth Valiant Wagon
1964 Plymouth Valiant Wagon
1962 Chevy Nova Station Wagon
1962 Chevy Nova Station Wagon

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?

Vista Cruiser
Vista Cruiser

(Photo: dave_7 under Creative Commons)

72 Chrysler Town and Country
72 Chrysler Town and Country

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?

1980 (1981?) Datsun 510 Station Wagon
1980 (1981?) Datsun 510 Station Wagon

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.

(Photo: dave_7 on Flickr under Creative Commons)

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.

73 Dodge Crestwood Station Wagon
73 Dodge Crestwood Station Wagon

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...

Misc. Stuff

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.

1952 Buick Wood Bodied Wagon - Classic post-war car...

1952 Buick Wood-bodied Wagon
1952 Buick Wood-bodied Wagon

(Image: Hugo90 under Creative Commons)

(Image: aldenjewell on Flickr)

61 Dodge Dart Pioneer Wagon - Gorgeous example of Mopar's early 60's styling...

1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer Station Wagon
1961 Dodge Dart Pioneer Station Wagon

(Photo: aldenjewell on Flickr)

1962 Holden EJ Special Station Wagon - Simply Gorgeous...

1962 Holden Special Station Wagon
1962 Holden Special Station Wagon

Photo: Wikimedia

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......

1967 AMC Rambler Rebel Station Wagon
1967 AMC Rambler Rebel Station Wagon

(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...

1977 Dodge Monaco Station Wagon
1977 Dodge Monaco Station 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...

2001 Toyota Station Wagon
2001 Toyota Station 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.

Yat Ming Scale 1:18 - 1948 Ford Woody with Real Wood Panel and Surfboard
Yat Ming Scale 1:18 - 1948 Ford Woody with Real Wood Panel and Surfboard

This 1/18 scale 1948 Ford Woodie Station Wagon model would make a great gift for the wagon lovers you know or for yourself. What's really cool about this model is the wood paneling is real wood. The interior is detailed and the front doors open to give you a better look. The hood also opens to show a nicely detailed engine. The surf board is easily removable if you want to display the model without it. This cool little wagon is 10.5" long and it would look great on your desk. (An almost identical model is also available in white but listed as from a different manufacturer.)


Two New Edsels - Carpet Central local 1964 delivering the newest Edsel station wagons...

O gauge Edsel station wagons
O gauge Edsel station wagons

(Photo: Me)

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      Werkpaardje 6 years ago

      You sure know a lot about Station Wagons! Great lens. 5*

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      In the UK we call them 'estate cars'. My very first car was called a Countryman Estate with wood trim. Sounds posh but was quite small but great for carting round my two dogs and horse tack. It was also a total rust bucket. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Thanks for sharing this info. My first car was a 1988 Ford Taurus wagon. It actually had totally decent cargo capacity!

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      okie_dokie 6 years ago

      Your lens has brought all sorts of childhood memories to me. Especially, the one when my sister's underwear flew out the window on our way to the campgrounds. It was in the late 80's when my family of six would tool around in our station wagon. Thanks for sharing, great info.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      This is a great lens...these station wagons do bring back memories! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Oh the memories of life with a station wagon. With 6 kids and a dog, you need lots of room. Our family had an old police car station wagon for a number of years before we got a Suburban in the mid-70s. I took my driving test in a 63 Chevy wagon with a standard on the column shift. The examiner made me parallel park between 2 state trooper cars - and was dumbfounded with I did it ON THE FIRST TRY. My memories of the cheap-gas car-camping original TailGate Picnic days just came flooding back and gave me a smile as I read this great LOTD. Thanks for making this lens, and congratulations foir your award on this fun car nostalgia lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      All my kids remember the old station wagon> I don't think you could have kids and not have a stationwagon. Once, going on a family vacation, we stopped at a drugstore to pick up comic books, candy, etc (prerequisites to road trips) and my husband said"Anyone not back in the car in 10 minutes will get left" now isn't that what all Dad's say. We all came out and got in the car shut the door and started driving off, all preoccupied with our "junk" before we left the parking lot we heard a knocking on the back window of the stationwagon and our youngest son (only 6) saying Dad, Mom can I get in now, he had seen us driving away and ran and jumped on the tailend of the wagon and was hold on the top rail that ran along the bak of the wagon. Yikes, we had left our son and didn't realize it, that goodness for the stationwagon where he was able to hang on for the ride..heheh!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD! The first car I dented was the family station wagon. It had some kind of wood paneling, too and was so huge to drive. :)

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Lots of fun memories inside the family's station wagon. Congrats on LOTD!

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      modz 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Could it be that station wagons are like apple pie - like by all. I think so. Lots of memories for sure. Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I remember going on vacation when I was maybe 11 or 12 in a borrowed Vista Cruiser station wagon. My sister and I had to sit in the very back, I thought it was the worst car on the highway. Now if I had that same car, I would feel very cool in a throw back kind of way! Great lens, congratulations!

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      Seeking Pearls 6 years ago from Pueblo West

      Congratulations on your LOTD. You have written a nostalgic and memorable lens on the family station wagon. Nice Work!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! wow those were boats! I saw one the other day and also find more in car shows then ever before.

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      congratulations on lotd

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD. Mom called ours the puddle jumper.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I hated station wagons all my life they handled badly, to much weight, in short as much fun as driving a greyhound bus to the mall. Though this lens was done very well great work.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Oh does this bring back memories...I learned to drive in my Dad's Plymouth Valiant, which he gave to me when I got my license and he purchased a newer car. It was the late '60's, early '70's so I painted it with large flowers designs in true "hippy" fashion. Your first car is always the best car out there no matter how pathetic it is:-) Congrats on LOTD

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've had more station wagons than cars in the last 46 years. Since I'm a freelance writer/modelbuilder, I need something that handle any requirement and wagons can do it. Probably my favorites have been the 1968 Chevy w/283 engine, 1966 Chrysler Town & Country w/383 engine and my current one, a 1993 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon w/350 LT1 engine. Believe it or not, the Roadmaster gets around 18mpg in town and as much as 24mpg on the road, which drives a stake thru the heart of anyone who thinks I drive a gas guzzler. Great lens!

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      Edit Photos 6 years ago from Earth

      Congrats. Driving along, facing back, no seatbelts - not today....

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      We had one, but I only drove it with parents in the car. Thankfully they gave me a small car to get around in so I didn't have to look nerdy. Now my husband tells me he wants one...but I'll stick to my sports car!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My parents had one when we were growing up. It was great for us kids and when we went on road trips. We used to call the area for storage in the back, the "back back" and we used to love to sit there and make faces at the drivers behind us. (I guess that was before the seat belt laws came into effect for the back Good memories!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love station wagons especially the ones with the wooden sides that we always called a "woody". I owned a woody which was a Dodge and loved it. Great lens and congrats on LotD. Well deserved.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey! I remember some Hot Kansas vacations in a 1959 Chevy station wagon.


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I used to ride in the back seat of my parents GM station wagon when I was a kid. My brothers and I would shoot crab apples out of the back window with our wrist rockets (when the parents weren't looking of course). Mostly targeted passing billboards. I'm much calmer as an adult. Anyway, thanks for the memories.

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :) Congrats on your LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I grew up in a station wagon, we took all our vacations in those station wagons. This lens brought back some very fond memories of my childhood... thanks for the great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Seems like there are new cars on the road today that look like station wagons, although they probably aren't called that by the makers.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yep, I learned to drive in a Pontiac Safari station wagon. Lots of memories of drive-in movies in that car - with my parents driving and the four of us kids in the back. Great job on the lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Very nostalgic. Guess there are things from the 50's, 60's, 70's that will never be forgotten and this type of vehicle will live on in some people's memories forever. I was not a fan of them. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and Lenses That Shine. Congrats on LOTD

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      Michelle Collins 6 years ago from Florida

      I didn't learn to drive with a station wagon but my mother had one and I had 2 crashed one of them...Great lens!

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Thanks for the memories! Grew up with two Oldsmobile Vista Cruisers. The 2nd one had a moon window. We took a trip out west in it. Was cool to see the rockies that way! Later we "graduated" (?) to a Volkswagen Bus. Not the same, but it had a pop up tent and was pretty cool in its own right.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Great lens! Congrats on LOTD.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WOW, I love Classic car.

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      thailer 6 years ago

      WOW. I lens WAGON.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fab Lens!

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Thanks for the memories. I loved car camping in the old Jeep.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      When I was a kid, I begged my parents to buy a Rambler station wagon. I don't know why, I just wanted one. They finally gave in and got one. Later in college I wanted a VW wagon but couldn't afford it, so got an Opal Kadett wagon instead (a small wagon). When I had kids we did have a station wagon for awhile and it is great to haul kids around. They all fought over who got to ride in the back. I guess with today's seat belt laws that wouldn't be allowed.

      Great topic. Congrats on LOTD.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow, you deserved to be LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very well done lens .... I am not sure if in Hungary we had something like that ... there was something called combi cars ..with larger packing area at the back the US cars are larger .... or at least they used to be ..

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      My best memory of our station wagon was going to the drive in and falling asleep in the back after the first movie, while my parents watched the second one. Congrats on LotD

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      jayzenner 6 years ago

      My dad was a traveling salesman and we had a lot of wagons over the years mostly Plymouths and Chryslers. I didn't really appreciate them until I got my first wagon a white Rambler that I picked up for $500. It was then that I realized useful they were. Another favorite was an '83 Pontiac Safari Wagon. GM cars weren't much then you could lay down a 4X8 sheet of plywood in that baby with the tailgate down. After that I had a hot Infinity Q45 for a couple of years but when that got too expensive to maintain I went back to wagons and got a new 2000 Ford Taurus Wagon that I've had ever since. This is the longest relationship I've had with a vehicle by far and it is by far the best all around car I've ever owned and I've had many. I can't believe there are so few new ones available anymore.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great lens.... It brought back fondness of my old '62 Nova with a 6 and auto trans getting upwards of 30mpg... and of course my current ride a '86 Buick Lesabre Estate Wagon getting 15mpg on a good day, but drives and rides like a dream... Their just a great all around utility vehicle

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      Emily Tack 6 years ago from USA

      When I was a child, I craved a station wagon. My parents never did get one. As a married woman, we had 2 - both Ford LTD's. My fondest memory of one of them, was a horrible experience. 3 of my sons were playing "cowboys and Indians" on top of it, seated on an antique quilt of mine, that had been made by a lady who was blind. I had to run to the store a little while later, and forgot the quilt was on top of the station wagon. The store was only about ½ mile away. The quilt sailed off - into someone else's hands. Despite my diligent searching - it was gone. Moral of my stationwagon experience? Keep the cowboys on the lone prairie, and the Indians - my ancestors, actually - on the reservations, and your antique quilts - on the bed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is cool. I had an old station wagon at one time, it had 3 bench seats. The one seat faced out the back window. Congrats! :)

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      Laura Hofman 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great nostalgic lens! I grew up in the 70's with the Chevy, Buick and Ford station wagons of my parents and friends' parents. Fond memories! Since I was the youngest, I was frequently relegated to the back which was fine with me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very cool lens! Congrats on the LOTD! Love the old station wagons and really love the old "hacks"!

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      Christine Larsen 6 years ago from South Australia

      Congratulations from Australia on a great lens! Yes, really love station wagons. Our VW station wagon regularly 'taxied' a kangaroo and a pup around the paddocks in the late 1960s - and later, a Holden and a couple of Ford station wagons ferried the kids around. Loved those wagons!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My parents had a Ford Country Squire which was proceeded by a Chrysler station wagon. CAFE standards in the early 1980s killed the station wagon as it was listed as a car. Trucks, which included SUV, were not included, thus the need for a large family toting vehicle was replaced by the Suburban, Expedition and Excursion. Be careful what you wish.. I purchased a Volvo wagon later in life but it was not the same. How I long for the slit windows on the roof of a Vista Cruiser. My kids will never get the experience of traveling cross country sitting in the "way back" on those metal fold up seats underneath the green tinted rear windows (now I know how lizards feel in a terrarium). Great lens of a wonderful object from times past.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great website with some really solid information. We're Corvette Stingray folks - own a 1966 Convertible - but love most of the older cars. Have long considered buying another vintage car - something a lot larger - possibly a 1960s Cadillac or maybe a station wagon.

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      BooJeeBeads 6 years ago

      I have never been the type to want a station wagon but it is a shame they are not around anymore.

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      Very nice lens! Thanks for all the good links and information. 5*

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      I remember the summer vacations driving across the country in our gold station wagon. My Dad loved gold station wagons, I guess he felt like a king! Enjoyed! You brought back a lot of memories!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Oh yes, I always thought people with station wagons were really really rich!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      i remember our family station wagon. well, i remember sticking to the seat in the summer. :)

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Awesome lens! I, too, learned how to drive in my folks' Ford Country-Squire station wagon. And before that, we had a 1962 Buick Special DeLuxe station wagon (turquoise blue, like your picture!)--that my folks (who were school teachers) would drag my sister and me across the country from New Mexico to the east coast and then over to Montana before heading back down to New Mexico. If you've seen the Chevy Chase movie "Vacation"... you know the drill.. the luggage on the roof, stinky dog in the back with the kids... and folks clueless on reading maps and camping. Thanks for bringing back some fond old memories! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your lens! Congrats on an interesting lens!

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      spletneigre 6 years ago

      great overview...I personally love stationwagon especially when traveling with children

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      We had several blue Chevy Station Wagons. I'll never forget them!

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      EliteChicagoLim1 6 years ago

      '69 Vista Cruiser looks so fine! A very nice lens, keep up the great work!Chicago Limo

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      What a great lens to browse through, I recall working where the fleet was 1978 Pontiac wagons, they were smooth riders, carried a lot of gear and had plenty of winter traction and I thought they looked good too! Of the more modern incarnations, I'm fond of the Subaru Outback.

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      TheyCallMeVarmit 6 years ago

      Really nice lens with lots of great info.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I remember as a child my father had a fabulous Cadillac. We had great fun on the rides. Great lens. Congratulations.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Now these images sure bring back memories...nice niche topic :)

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      Marijoyce 6 years ago

      Great lens. I used to love the old station wagons with what looked to be wood paneling on the sides.

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      Ah, the good old station wagon! Many memories of riding in the trunk/backseat on family trips!

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      i miss this old car

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Going to the drive-in with my 5 brothers and sisters in the family station wagon.

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Great lens that brought back a lot of memories from my childhood and teenage years. Thanks!!

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      I spent some time in the back of a station wagon as a kid. Good information. Thank you for making me smile.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      in 1963 falcon wagon has a 260 v8 too, and fit a 289 or 302 v8

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      We were a family of seven and we took all of our trips, long and short, in a big station wagon. I remember fighting over who got to sit in the rear facing seat at the very back. No air-conditioning, no seatbelts or seatbelt laws and we dtd things like climb over the seat backs to switch places with each other while traveling 65 miles per hour, things that would horrify todays' parents (myself included). Good memories.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Still remember my parents old station wagon, paneling on the side and all! We enjoyed many happy trips in that old car! :)

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      dc64 lm 6 years ago

      I had to drive my younger siblings and I to school in my parents old station wagon. Boy, did I dislike that big old car! It was a Chevrolet I think, I'm not sure. I think I've repressed the memory.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks for adding this cool car lens to the voting plexo at Purple Star Pastiche - it's one of my favorites! Visit the plexo to vote for this lens ...

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      We had a '57 Chevy wagon with the fins! Really cool and I loved it for trips, hating to ride as a kid I always 'went to bed'

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      We used to have a station wagon and I loved it

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Our family had 5 kids, so we had several station wagons, all of them red. Fun lens.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      We have a 1967 Ford Ranch Wagon. My husband loves it and drives it daily. It is completely stock and in great shape. I hate it and want a jeep. Still this is a great lens. Angel blessed

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I have a Station Wagon here in Oz - love the boot space !

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love them as we had two when I was growing up. How nice that you thought of featuring this. I learned how to drive in one of those.

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      Ackthpt 6 years ago

      Cool lens man, like many other comments, it takes me back. Bam.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      My dad made me learn to drive an old '78 datsun stick shift before i was allowed to go near the family station wagon -:)

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I always wanted one of those station wagons that Harriet drove in the TV show - Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Boy, I never liked them but recognized that the minivan was the new station wagon. I now own an SUV which is similar as well. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      RBUK 6 years ago

      Excellent Lens here, many thanks for sharing. I love the Station Wagons, we get estate cars that are similar to what you have in the USA, but they are not quite in the same league in regards to the design especially when you look at such cars as the Buick Special. All the best to you: Ryan: My Blog

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      Steve and Annette 6 years ago

      I went on a road trip to Yellowstone with my wife's (then my girlfriend) family, in their green Ford Country Squire stationwagon. There was a lot of room for all our stuff and the airconditioning was so powerful that it would've kept meat fresh.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      I have lots of happy memories of my parent's stationwagon when I was growing up.

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      dogodor 6 years ago

      I remember growing up poor and having an old crappy station

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Just stopping back to leave a little angel dust. ***Blessed***

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Nice Lens!

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      Jack2205 6 years ago

      This brings back memories of going camping in a station wagon when I was younger. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      ratetea 6 years ago

      I love station wagons; I think they've become labeled as somehow "unsexy" as SUV's have become more popular, and I think that's a big shame. They're much safer than SUV's because of their lower center of gravity, most are much more fuel-efficient, and in many cases, they can be just as practical for transporting people and stuff. I drove an 85 volvo stationwagon for several years and it was a fantastic car: roomy, fuel efficient, problem-free, sturdy, and very easy to drive. Now I drive a hybrid; I often wish there were hybrid stationwagons available. The only downside in my opinion is if you park in a city and want to leave things in an enclosed trunk so as not to attract theft.

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      I love station wagon..Great lens

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      JimDuke 6 years ago

      This is great-I had a 61 Falcon with the fake wood sides like your picture above! It had a straight 6 and a 2-speed tramsmission. It was soooo slow. 70 was all she would do!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've owned some interesting cars but my 71 Datsun 510 wagon was the best one I've ever owned. I sold it for $100 with over 300,000 miles on the engine, this after my brother really worked it over in a bad way. When I sold it there was only the driver'seat remaining, but the engine was still strong. It was fast, and maneuverable. Much better handling than any of the three Porsche 356's I've owned. Manual transmission--4 speed but I always wished for a fifth. Good mileage. Regular gas. Versatile interior. Rubber floor and tail end mats, windup windows. Good vinyl seats that reclined. Very plebeian, but I loved that car.

      Now have a '95 Toyota Corolla DX wagon with about 210,000 miles on it--also a great little car, but not a pocket rocket like the 510. Driven by my wife on the highway, it still gets 38-40mpg, on regular. Keep it running? Wiper blades, tires, regular oil changes, plugs once-in-a-great while. Looking for a replacement wagon, but can't find the mileage unless it's diesel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i current own 2 station wagons and most will all ways own them.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i have never owned a station wagon but i have to admit it is classy! cheers

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      TrebAllen 6 years ago

      I've always had a secret affection for station wagons. For a while I had a black on black on black 1989 Volvo 745 Turbo wagon. It was real stealthy looking ... and with the slighty modded turbocharged 4 cylinder it was surprisingly fast when the turbo boost kicked in. My plan was to eventually yank out the 4 banger and drop in a Ford Mustang 5.0 engine with twin turbochargers. Well that never materialized, I eventually sold the car, but it was fun thinking about how cool that project would have been. And the neat thing is the police just absolutely leave you alone ... I mean who in their right mind would ever suspect a hot rod Volvo, no less a hot rod Volvo station wagon. And that was the beauty of the crazy cockamamie plan. Love your site!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Nicely done :)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I've only had one station wagon... I remember it was big and clunky and hard to park, but I really did like it. That was a long time ago.

      Very nicely done lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice Squidoo. Its very interesting what folks write ans share. Chris

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      Beduage 6 years ago

      nice info, I like that coronet and 510 datsun.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love old station wagons.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Nice and beautiful lens on historic station wagons.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for your site. I grew up in the 70's/80's and if a wagon was made today that had the stylings of the past, I would buy one. The Ford Flex is cool but priced a little high imo. If the car company's would bring them back and do what they have done with the Mustang, Camaro, Cheallenger, Charger, etc. than they would sell very well. O well, if I were king.

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      marckq 5 years ago

      the depot hack is a lot similar to the jeepneys here in the Philippines. Really nice article. congratulations.

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      LikinTrikin LM 5 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You forgot the sexiest Station Wagon ever, the Volvo P1800E:

      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 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.

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      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?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic! Best wishes :)

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      easpegren 5 years ago

      Brings back memories. We always had one when I was growing up in the late 60's. Thanks for the lens.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      amazing lens. fantastic contents

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      1996 EF GLi Falcon Wagon. cool lense

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      LasgalenArts 5 years ago

      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.

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      chgreen 5 years ago

      this subject is popular with a lot of folks. it makes us feel good to remember the good old days... thanks.

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      ABattlePlan 5 years ago

      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

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      Vicki 5 years ago from USA

      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~

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      ledouxrt 5 years ago

      I'm so glad my parents never bought one!

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      @ledouxrt: You don't know what you missed out on:)

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Classic wagons are always cool.

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

      @glenbrook: LOL

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      ScareYouDiva 5 years ago

      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.

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      hamster1960 5 years ago

      I like wagons and your lens

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      Pat Moire 5 years ago from West Village, New York City

      The Nash Rambler during the 50s is my favorite American wagon, the Volvo P1800 ES from 1973 is a gorgeous sport wagon.

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      jceschin lm 5 years ago

      I like your lens. Great pictures and a lot of information. Congrats!

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      lychic 5 years ago

      I saw them occasionally on street but I have never been in one though.

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      autofanatic 5 years ago

      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!

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      ChickenGutz 5 years ago

      I am a big fan of old 'grocery getters'! I love 'em! Thanks for this really cool site!

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      Wendy Hughes 5 years ago from Charlotte

      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

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      ekkoautos 5 years ago

      Good luck to your business on squidoo

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 5 years ago from Enid, OK

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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

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      Jwilkey 5 years ago

      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.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Station wagons are still trademark of lifestyle. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      S - wagons are still trademark of lifestyle. Nice lens

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      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.

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      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.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      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!

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      GuyB LM 5 years ago

      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

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      great info,

      love the cars

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Thanks for posting this. Makes me think back to my days as a child my dad owned a wagon .

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of the best car, Thanks for posting this.

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      JustNewCars 5 years ago

      Nice Lens. Take a peak at mines as well. Thanks

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      CTsHeart 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! We owned a station wagon when I was a kid and I loved it. My older son will love this page!

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      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?

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      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!

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      zdaddyo 5 years ago

      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.

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      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!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember my parents' 1972 Dodge Coronet SW. Lots of neat trips in that car!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm looking at a 63 Plymouth Valiant wagon V200? Anyone know if that will pull my vintage trailer (just under 2000 lbs)? Thanks

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      @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 - 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.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Nice car model . Thanks for sharing.!

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      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 : )

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      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!

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. I can still smell the inside of our family's Rambler wagon on a hot summer day...

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      This is a terrific lens with some great station wagons. Love the pictures!

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      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.

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      GoodGirlSEO 5 years ago

      I had a Subaru Outback Legacy---best car ever!

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      Natalie W Schorr 5 years ago

      We always had station wagons when we grew up. Now I have a Jetta wagon. Great lens!

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      neuromancer lm 5 years ago

      I don't like wagons, but some of the old ones looks really awesome.

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wich is correct: Woody or Woodie for 1970s vintage station wagons? I see both terms in the same context

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      This is quite the walk down memory lane ... nice showcase of many classics. ~~Blessed~~

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      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.

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      stefanruse 4 years ago

      Really awesome Station Wagon and Classic Station Wagons. Thanks

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      jdwheeler 4 years ago

      Pure awesome!

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      Bercton1 4 years ago

      Great collections of wagon. Cool lens. Thanks

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      We had a Chevy Caprice Estate WAgon, what a cruiser!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Just seeing these makes me want to hop in one and head out west! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      biggking lm 4 years ago

      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.

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      Cindy 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      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:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice site thank you for sharing

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      curtmaxwall 4 years ago

      station wagons have always been distinctive from other car designs and I love them too..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      steph-naylor 4 years ago

      I just dropped by to say 'super lens' Thankyou!!

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      OrlandoTipster 4 years ago

      We went cross country in a country squire station wagon

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      My Aunt & her family used to travel every summer to my Grandparents home. They packed many people into their station wagon.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Very nice lens about stationwagon! Thumbs up & thanks for sharing!

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      ChrisHib 4 years ago

      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!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      glenbrook 4 years ago

      @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...



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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      sparkee lm 4 years ago

      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.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      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!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I like classics. I myself am a classic :)

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      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.

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      chironseer 4 years ago

      Great lens, nice looking cars, as a Brit, I don't know much about them really.

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      Matt_Lowe 4 years ago

      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.

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      Genjud 3 years ago

      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!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      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.

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      JimHofman 3 years ago

      Wow this lens brings back memories! My first car was a Buick Special. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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      Vikki 3 years ago from US

      Dug up some good deep memories while checking out those pics there. ;)

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      Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

      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!

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      AJ 3 years ago from Australia

      I certainly spent a good part of my childhood in a station wagon!

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      aaaccidentattorneys 3 years ago

      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.

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      shewins 3 years ago

      An impressive complilation of cool station wagons.

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      stewartcustoms 3 years ago

      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

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      shadoe1 3 years ago

      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!!!!

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      noon1028 2 years ago

      Family had a 71 Olds Vista Cruiser growing up, great times....

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      Chris Ritter 2 years ago

      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

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      Simon 3 months ago

      Yes they are in bed together, GM has owned Holden since I think the late 1800s. This confirms your special badges.

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