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.
I believe this is a Neiman Marcus edition, which was sold exclusively through the fancy department store... but buyers had to pick them up at the factory in South Bend, IN. Store editions included air conditioning, AM/FM cassette with dual speakers and upgraded carpeting.
From the Historic Vehicle Association registry: "The 1964 Meyers Manx known as Old Red, is nationally significant based on the relation to four criteria. First, it is associated with important trends in automotive history and culture, a significant event. Old Red shaped the rise of the dune buggy phenomenon in the United States and abroad beginning in the mid -1960s. Second, it is associated with Bruce Meyers, a pioneer of the dune buggy craze and a significant person in the context of off-road vehicles and the fiberglass kit-car industry. Third, Old Red features significant design and construction value: it is the first dune buggy built with a fiberglass body and its design transformed the dune buggy industry. Fourth, it offers informational value as the first in a series of approximately 7,000 Manx dune buggies built by B.F. Meyers & Company, it is the inspiration for over 250,000 similar cars manufactured by other companies, and is thus the most replicated car in history. The period of significance for Old Red was from its completion in 1964 to the end of Meyers Manx production in 1971." More: https://www.historicvehicle.org/national-historic-vehicle-register/vehicles/1964-meyers-manx-old-red/
Still racing, this Macadu was built by Chenoweth in 1979 and was raced by Corky McMillan. His grandson Mark continues to race it in the Baja 1000.
Off-road racing enthusiast and macho actor Steve McQueen reportedly used this topless 1970 Chevrolet Blazer as a support vehicle in his racing efforts. And yes, that's a GMC grille; I read somewhere that he special ordered it from GM because he liked it better. Unfortunately, I can't find where I found that information.
This square-headlight 1988 Jeep Wrangler is tricked out for off-roading and is owned by El Cajon's County Motor Parts.
TSCO Racing's entry in the Trophy Truck category in the 2010 Baja 1000.