Perfection: 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari

Filed Under (Pontiac) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-23-2017

Acquired from a church estate and restored to perfection this rare Pontiac is one of the nicest 50′s era wagons we’ve featured. Beginning with the rarity of the car and understanding how few likely remain it’s hard to imagine that there are many 1957 Pontiac wagons as nice as this one. Officially called a Pontiac Star Chief Safari “Transcontinental,” this was the top of the Pontiac wagon for 1957. Only 1,894 of these wagons were produced and the price tag of $3,636 was second in the Pontiac lineup only to the Bonneville convertible that was priced at a hefty $5,782! You can find this fine wagon on Hemmings with a $41,500 asking price.1957 Pontiac Star Chief Safari station wagon 1

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Bone Stock: 1967 Chevrolet Nova

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-22-2017

With seemingly every 1967 Nova restored as a restomod it’s refreshing to see that there are still a few stock Novas left. Make it rarer Nova wagon like this one and you’ve got yourself one special car. Nova wagons sold pretty well in the early years of production but by 1967, the last year of the Nova wagon, only 12,400 were built. This rare Nova is listed on Ebay in Holyoke, Massachusetts with a BIN of $21,500.

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Unrestored Original: 1958 Pontiac Ambulance

Filed Under (Pontiac) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-22-2017

This Superior body conversion 1958 Pontiac ambulance has just 23,000 original miles and is said to be 100% original. By their nature service vehicles are subject to wear and tear and even ones with low mileage will typically show use beyond there stated miles but the black paint and chrome gleam on this Pontiac like the day it rolled out of the factory nearly 60 years ago. One has to winder the history of such an exceptional vehicle but suffice it to say it likely had a couple of years of service before being retired. Not a practical car beyond it’s use as an ambulance it likely ended up in storage before ending up in collectors hands years later.  This unique and exceptional ambulance is listed on Craigslist in Langley, British Columbia with an asking price of $31,000.

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superior ambulance
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Rare Import: 1958 Opel Olympia Caravan

Filed Under (Opel) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-17-2017

This 1958 Opel Olympia Caravan is a one owner car that hasn’t seen the road since 1978. It looks to be complete and is said to be running although the gas tank needs flushing. These were imported in small numbers and are rarely seen in the states so parts are likely tough to find but maybe more plentiful in Europe. My first look at this and I thought it looked remarkably like a Rambler American. Then again the American ironically looked very European! This Opel is listed on Craigslist in Reno, Nevada with an asking price of $3,000.

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The Rambler American looking European.
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Desert Rescue: 1961 Chevrolet Parkwood

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-16-2017

This 1961 Chevrolet Parkwood was originally a California car that ended up sitting in the Arizona desert for at least 20 years before being rescued by the current owner. The dry climate was kind to to the Parkwood’s body but the windows were apparently left open while sitting in Arizona leaving the interior dry and dusty. The owner has done a nice amount of work to get the car roadworthy and it is said to run well with some issues that will need to be addressed. You can find this Parkwood on Ebay in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Two Year Wonder: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-15-2017

When Chevrolet introduced the Corvair in late 1959 it was an immediate success and within a couple of years there were a number of Corvair models available including a  nice lineup of work trucks and vans but the Corvair station wagon never really took off with wagons only being offered for 1961-62. Nearly 26,000 wagon were built for 1961 a nice number but still a fraction of what Ford was selling with the Falcon wagons. In 1962 there were only around 6,000 Corvair wagons built and the wagons fate was sealed.

This 1961 Corvair 500 station wagon was the entry level wagon offered but has been restored with many 1962 Monza features. The restoration was extensive and well documented making this one of the nicest Corvair wagons you’ll ever find. You can find it on Ebay in Delaware with a BIN of $18,500.

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Florida Sunshine: 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

Filed Under (Oldsmobile) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-13-2017

This 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser is a well preserved and documented 37,342 mile wagon that is said to have no major issues. Out of Sarasota, Florida and listed on Ebay, the reserve was already met at the time of this writing with $5,200 bid. Low mileage Florida car like this always have me wondering if it started out as a snowbird’s winter car that spent much of its time in Summer storage.

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Chevy Powered: 1965 Studebaker Wagonaire

Filed Under (Studebaker) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-10-2017

Studebaker was in dire straits by 1965. The South Bend plant had closed in late 1963 and production was consolidated to the last remaining production plant in Hamilton Ontario. It would be just a few more years before the plug was finally pulled on March 16, 1966. Despite the woes that the company had been going through since the mid 1950′s Studebaker produced some of the more innovative cars of the time including the Studebaker Wagonaire that had a short run in the final three years of Studebaker.  The wagonaire was a restyled Lark that had a distinctive rear roof that slid forward greatly expanding the cargo space. Studebaker advertising promoted their unique roof feature by showing families loading up in the open cargo area with kids, dogs and even a playground slide; actions that would get you pulled over nowadays!

This 1965 Wagonaire is a beautifully restored rat rod is a beautifully restored wagon that for the most part retains its original look with some nice performance upgrades. The Studebaker is listed on Ebay and located in Ferndale, Washington.

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One Owner: 1964 Ford Country Sedan

Filed Under (Ford) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-09-2017

This 1964 Ford Country Sedan is an exceptional one owner 9 passenger wagon with just 74,000 original miles. Unfortunately the seller doesn’t give us too many pictures but what he did post leaves me wanting to see much more. Here’s what we do know- the car was repainted in 2000, the interior is all original and described as immaculate, there are 3 bench seats and it is powered by a 289 V8 with a cruise-o-matic transmission. That’s it! Show us more! You can find this beauty on Craigslist near Minneapolis with a $20,000 asking price.

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Out of Storage: 1962 Ford Country Squire

Filed Under (Ford) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-08-2017

I’m a huge fan of Fords Squire wagons. Maybe more than any other station wagon they evoke the idea the American vacation where Dad wakes up the kids at the crack of dawn, loads up the crew in the freshly washed and waxed wagon and heads to the Grand Canyon complete with all the hokey roadside attractions only to find that Missy doesn’t do so well without her Dramamine- should’ve opted for the expensive air conditioning!

This 1962 Ford Country Squire is out of long term storage and ready to see the light of day once again. The seller has owned the car for 30 years and had purchased it from the original owner where it had been garaged its whole life. After his purchase it was used as a daily driver for a few years before going into long term storage.  The Country Squire is listed on Ebay and located in Bangor, Pennsylvania.

1962 Ford Country Squire

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