2 Door Conversion: 1965 Buick Sport Wagon

Filed Under (Buick) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-13-2017

Buick Sport Wagons were pretty cool in their own right. You had the skyroof that was shared with the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, bucket seats and sporty wheels that maybe made it a nice compromise for the Father who really had his hopes set on something other than as practical as station wagon. You would think that with the moniker ‘Sport Wagon’ a 2 door version would be in order but Buick only offered 4 door wagons during its run of producing the Sport Wagon. Fast forward some 50 years and here we have it, a 2 door conversion that looks completely stock. Kudos to the builder who for executing the conversion so flawlessly. From time to time I’ll run across wagons converted to a 2 door version but usually they are customized heavily.

Located in Phoenix, you can find this Sport Wagon on Craigslist with an asking price of $25,000.

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Combining sportiness and practicality Buick Sport Wagons were nice in their own right. Whats especially well done on this 2 door conversion is turning it into a hardtop as if it came off the assembly line that way.

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Drive as is or Restore? 1961 Ford Country Sedan

Filed Under (Ford) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-12-2017

This is the kind of car that at first glance I see an easy restoration. The interior is in great shape. Mechanically the car is described as being trouble free and the body is straight and relatively rust free with the chrome and brightwork looking very nice as well. A good paint job and a little bit of detailing and this Ford wagon will be near its original glory. On the other hand the patina looks great so why bother? You could have yourself a great car as is and enjoy the 56 years of built up character. Find it here on Ebay where at the time of this posting there has been heavy bidding.

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V8 Powered: 1976 Chevrolet Vega GT Kammback

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-11-2017

With good styling and economy during a period of rising oil prices gas shortages, Chevy Vegas were very popular in the 70′s but it didn’t take long for quality and rust issues to doom the Vega. Fitted with an inline 4, performance wasn’t impressive unless you went with the Cogsworth option that was offered for a few years.

The previous owner of this Kammback GT Vega which is listed on Craigslist near Salem, Oregon at a price of $12,000 embarked on an extensive project 16 years ago to research and convert the Vega to a V8. Ultimately a 1996 Z-28 350c.i. V8 was fitted along with loads of performance features that were documented in a 32 page portfolio.

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California Clean: 1960 Ford Country Sedan

Filed Under (Ford) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-10-2017

The mid level offering from Ford’s full size wagon lineups, this 1960 Country Sedan appears to have lived a pampered life from birth. Listed on Ebay the seller gives little information about the wagon’s history other than it seems to be in all original condition with the exception of one repaint. No information is given about the running condition but the mileage is showing a hair under 100K.

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3 on the tree: 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 12-22-2016

This 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne found on Ebay with a BIN of $14,500 is powered by a 230ci 6 cylinder engine and a 3 on the tree manual transmission which seems like the fitting powerplant for Chevrolet’s entry level full size car. With the wagon adding close to an additional 500 pounds over the sedan, and no power options the new owner is sure to get a good workout in especially if parallel parking is required. The seller states the there are just 43,000 original miles on the car and that the paint is mostly original. It is said to run well with the exception of a whine that he believes may be the throw out bearing.

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Entry Level Beauty: 1963 Rambler 550

Filed Under (Rambler) by Station Wagon Finder on 12-16-2016

This 1963 Rambler 550 was the perfect family hauler for the economically inclined. 1963 was a good year for AMC, good enough that the Rambler was awarded Motor Trends “Car of the year” Simple clean design was replacing the excess of the fifties and AMC had both good looks and practicality. AMC boasted that it’s “All-new Advanced Unit Construction” provided “vastly increased strength — permits long, flowing lines in a car almost 3 inches lower, yet with full headroom for six 6-footers, amazingly easier entrance and exit, with curved glass side windows that permit doors to curve into the roof.”

This Craigslist find with an asking price of $6.500 is said to be a virtually rust free Southern car but the provided pictures show some rust bubbling. Nevertheless, the car seems very clean and honest.

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Silver Beauty: 1968 Dodge Monaco

Filed Under (Dodge) by Station Wagon Finder on 04-12-2012

It seems that silver station wagons are seldom seen but looking at this 1968 Dodge Monaco wagon I’d love to to see more. The  woodgrain/silver combination works well on car I’m accustomed to seeing in drab olive green.

Not much information is given on this Craigslist find other than it is said to be in mint condition with one repaint. The original woodgrain finish looks fantastic, a testament to the care of the wagon. The Monaco is powered by a 383 2bbl V8 with automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes.  I’d love to see 3rd row seating, but I’d be nitpicking on what is a very nice car that has somehow avoided the ravages of time and family hauling all these years.

Fairly priced at $9,500 OBO, make sure you have plenty left over for gas.

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1955 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyview

Filed Under (Cadillac) by Station Wagon Finder on 04-11-2012

Customized Cadillac station wagons were first built in the early 50′s by custom coachbuilders whose clients were often hotels looking for luxurious and spacious transportation for hauling their guests. Hess & Eisenhardt was one of these coachbuilders who built several 1955 Cadillac Skyview wagons for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Using a commercial chassis as a base, the upper sections of the rear side doors and the quarter windows were exclusive.  The rear door was a modified hearse door with a modified stock Cadillac door handle.  They have a unique 3 piece rear glass which is the same as is used on a hearse.  1955  Broadmoor Skyviews also had special Eldorado wheel openings.

With a package of 3 wagons available out of a reported 6 manufactured there are plenty of parts to pull off a single restoration but Cadillacs of this era are expensive restorations not for the faint of heart.

These Cadillac wagons can be found on Ebay.

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Air-Grain: 1967 Plymouth Fury

Filed Under (Plymouth) by Station Wagon Finder on 04-10-2012

True woodies were gone by 1967, a victim of the expense and effort it took to maintain a car finished in wood. By the 1960′s faux woodgrain and plastic was widely used to maintain the handsome woody look that was still in demand. Fast forward 40 plus years later and we have a new take on the woody wagon- a 1967 Plymouth Fury III found on Ebay with a pretty amazing airbrushed woodgrain finish. This is probably a love it or hate it car but for me I think it’s a very cool wagon.

Once you’ve admired painted woodgrain, there is a nice solid car to behold. Extremely clean in and out, the Fury comes with a 383 V8, automatic transmission and ice cold factory air. The massive Fury is said to start right up and drive and run very well.

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Microwagon: 1948 Crosley

Filed Under (Crosley) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-23-2012

Ahead of its time by offering subcompact cars to the American consumer,  Crosley Motors had a small niche in the crowded auto marketplace of postwar America. The best year for Crosley was 1948 when 24,871 cars were sold but sales quickly deteriorated and by 1952 only 1,522 models were sold leading to the end of Crosley production on July 3rd of 1952. Perhaps Crosley’s biggest downfall was cheap gas and America’s increasing horsepower demand.

This Ebay find 1948 Crosley station wagon would be the perfect curio for any event that is sure to draw plenty of “whatzits?” Solid and straight, it’s not  a perfect car, but nevertheless very presentable.

The tiny 44 c.i. engine produces a whopping 26hp, but the upside is the Crosley’s mileage was upwards of 50 mpg. Take a look at the engine bay and the simplicity of the mechanics suggest that a wrench and a screwdriver would be sufficient for any engine part access.

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