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.

1958 Opel Olympia Caravan 1

The Rambler American looking European.
Read the rest of this entry »

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.

1961 Chevrolet Parkwood 1

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

1961 Corvair station wagon 1

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

1966 oldsmobile vista cruiser 1

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

1965 Studebaker Wagonaire 1

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

1964 Ford Country Sedan 1

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Read the rest of this entry »

Solid Driver: 1969 Ford Fairlane

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

This 1969 Ford Fairlane looks like a nice solid wagon that shouldn’t break the bank for someone looking for a cool driver.  The owner claims that there are just 20,000 original miles but I’m not so convinced. His story has a a little old lady originally buying it and putting just 14,000 miles on it before the second owner put the remaining miles on over many years of ownership. There was a repaint about 20 years ago that shows its age but still good enough to look good as a daily driver. You can find this Fairlane on Ebay in Argyle, Texas.

1969 Ford Fairlane 1

Read the rest of this entry »

Cool Blue: 1976 Ford E-150

Filed Under (Ford) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-06-2017

If you didn’t live through the 70′s you may not realize how big the customized van craze became. What began as a way to create a party pad on wheels by personalizing your van space and adding a custom paint job soon turned into a full blown industry of dedicated customizers, van shows, magazines, songs and movies. I remember going to my local drive-in in 1977 to see ‘The Van”, the story of Bobby blowing his college savings to buy a customized 1977 Dodge Tradesman all for the purpose of course to party and get some girls. George Barris actually did the customization for the Dodge and there was also the number one song ‘Chevy Van’ that came out of the movie. I guess ‘Dodge Van’ just didn’t roll off the lips the same way.

Most of these vans were driven into oblivion or if they survived, re-purposed losing their original customized features so it’s fairly rare to see a nicely intact 70′s custom van like this 1976 Ford E-150. The story of “Cool Blue’ is it was originally airbrushed by Iowa artist George Sedlak who became well known for painting many of Evil Knievel’s helmets, motorcycles and jackets. With an asking price of $25,000, this 70′s ‘Shaggin’ Wagon’ can be found on Collector Car Ads in Newton, Iowa.

1976 Ford E-150 1

Read the rest of this entry »

German Micro: 1958 Lloyd Alexander

Filed Under (Lloyd) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-03-2017

Micro cars certainly have taken off in popularity the past few years so when I came across this Lloyd Alexander estate wagon it grabbed my attention.  Admittedly I had never heard of such a car as a Lloyd but a little research shows that they were popular in Germany during the 1950′s and for awhile number three in sales only behind Volkswagen and Opel. A fair amount of them actually made it over to the states but with the company folding in 1961 and a limited network of parts, it’s hard to imagine many surviving today. Take a look at how nice these are in restored condition.  This 1958 Alexander needs a lot of work but with the exception of a missing back seat and some lenses missing it looks mostly complete and fairly solid. The car is listed on Craigslist for $3,200 OBO and can be found in Rapid City, Michigan.

1958 llioyd alexander 1

1958 llioyd alexander 1a

Read the rest of this entry »