My mom hates station wagons (she’s still around at 89) so we never had one, but whenever I went somewhere with friends, it was in a station wagon.

We went to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, movies and whatever in the back of somebody-else’s-mom’s Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, Ford Country Squire and even a Rambler Classic Cross Country.

Which makes a new exhibit, just opened at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park, even more fun.

The new exhibit, “Wagons… Weekend Warriors,” highlights the development of station wagons from the early days of depot hacks to the huge passenger wagons of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

This exhibit features:

  • 1929 Ford Model A Depot Hack
  • 1940 Ford Deluxe
  • 1953 DeSoto Firedome Estate Wagon
  • 1955 Studebaker Commander Conestoga Wagon
  • 1957 Chevy Bel Air Nomad
  • 1957 Ford Country Sedan Wagon
  • 1959 Dodge Custom Sierra
  • 1962 Ford Falcon Squire Wagon
  • 1962 Rambler Classic 400 Cross Country
  • 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air 9-Passenger
  • 1964 Austin Mini Countryman
  • 1968 Pontiac Bonneville
  • 1970 Saab 95 V4
  • 1972 Ford LTD Country Squire Wagon
  • 1973 Volvo P1800 ES
  • 1976 AMC Pacer

This exhibit is enhanced with vintage advertising and videos, plus a chance to vote on whether the 1976 AMC Pacer is actually a station wagon. I haven’t had a chance to see the exhibit yet, but if memory serves, the actual Pacer wagon didn’t come out until the 1977 model year, so I’m not sure how I’ll vote when I visit the museum next week.

It runs October 7, 2016 through January 29, 2017. Visit the museum’s website for more info.


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