454 Clamshell: 1973 Chevrolet Impala

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-22-2012

Having been toted around in one of these as a kid I have a special appreciation for a 70′s clamshell wagon. Just seeing the pictures of this Ebay find 1973 Impala, brings me back inside the spacious interior where I found refuge from my annoying older sisters by claiming the third seat as my own- an especially nice feature on family vacations.

This one doesn’t have the 9 passenger seating, but it does come with a 454 V8, great for power but not so great with the mileage. One has to wonder if the original purchaser had buyers remorse when just 3 months after purchasing this massive wagon the oil embargo hit and gas became expensive and scarce.

The seller doesn’t give a lot of details about the car other than it’s a former AACA Original Class winner,  is matching numbers and has a nice list of options including air conditioning, full power, cruise and an AM 8 track player. The car is said to run and drive great. Mileage is listed at 99,117 but a look at the paperwork shows that the odometer had hit 109,684 back in 1978.

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Survivor: 1982 Mercedes 300TD

Filed Under (Mercedes) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-21-2012

It seems like there is always a nice supply of meticulously maintained 300 series Mercedes diesel wagons available on the market. Owners tend to be fanatic about maintenance and these cars seem to run forever. A Mercedes diesel with 150,000 miles can be considered low mileage and it’s not uncommon to see these last half a million miles or more.

With all the 300TD wagons we’ve come across over the past couple of years this Ebay find 1982 300TD is the nicest example we’ve seen. With only 86,466 miles on the odometer and a history of being fully maintained, this car looks nearly perfect inside and out.

Originally purchased through the European Delivery Program in February of 1982, the car was shipped to California where it was owned by a German machinist before being passed on to his son in 2008.

Never off the line speed burners, these wagons will give you the great road feel you would expect from a German car along with excellent gas mileage.

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Barn Fresh: 1967 Chevrolet Impala

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-20-2012

Pictures of a dusty car in a cramped storage space lends evidence that this Ebay find 1967 Chevrolet Impala 9 passenger station wagon hasn’t seen the light of day for some time. A good cleaning has revealed a very solid 31,000 mile gem of a car that is said to start right up and purr. No mention is made of how long the Tahoe Turquoise Impala sat but a thorough fluid replacement would be a wise choice to ensure mechanical longevity. Unusual for an Impala is the 4 speed column shift manual transmission and dog dish hubcaps.  With the manual transmission, the 283c.i. 190 hp should be adequate power for the big wagon.

As nice as this car looks, some further detailing could really bring it to the next level. Some minor work is needed to fix a few minor scrapes and dings and an easy engine compartment detail would also help.


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Sleeper: 1963 Pontiac Catalina Safari

Filed Under (Pontiac) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-19-2012

This Ebay find 1963 Pontiac Catalina Safari station wagon started as a family’s vacation car to drive between Chicago and their Estes Park, Colorado vacation home. Nicely optioned, the Catalina featured a 267HP 389 V8, automatic transmission, factory air, and six passenger seating. Comfort, convenience and nice performance for a highway driver.

When the new owner, a Pontiac performance enthusiast purchased the car with just 36,000 miles in 2005, he saw an opportunity to turn this well preserved Pontiac into a performer that would look like it came right out of the factory.  A period correct Borg-Warner floor shift manual transmission was added as well as a numbers correct four barrel intake manifold with a Carter AFB carburetor. A dual exhaust replaced the factory single exhaust and Pontiac 8 lug wheels were added completing the performance transformation.

With all the mechanical upgrades, a real nice touch is the conversion to bucket seats from the factory bench seats. A donor Pontiac supplied the seats but the material from the original bench seat was used resulting in a perfect match with the rest of the original material.

We really like this one. There are plenty of restomod wagons out there so it’s nice to see the period correct mods on this one.


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End of the Road: 1958 Packard

Filed Under (Packard) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-16-2012

Three years ago we featured a very nice Ebay find 1958 Packard that failed to meet the reserve as biding reached $25,000. These end of the line Packards that are often called “Packardbakers” due the the merger of Packard and Studebaker can be tough to value as there are only an estimated 20 surviving examples out of the 159 that were manufactured.

This Ebay find 1958 Packard wagon is an honest original driver that has a BIN of $13,500. So the question is if the market for a very nice example is 25K, does buying this one at $13,500 give you enough room to sink 10-12 grand into to bring it up to the standards of a 25K example?

The body looks solid and the chrome and trim looks to be in good shape and all there. There is evidence of some minor rust in the doors, possibly a result leaking window seals. The undercarriage is described as being in good condition. The interior is all original but needs to be completely redone. Despite the rarity of these end of the line Packards,  interior materials are available.  Mechanically the car runs and drives well but expect some issues as a worst case scenario. What’s your conclusion? Is this worth it at $13,500

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1968 Peugeot 404

Filed Under (Peugeot) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-15-2012

A few weeks ago Jalopnik featured this 1968 Peugeot 404 station wagon on ‘Nice Price or Crack Pipe‘ where internet car finds are voted on by the readers as to whether the car is a good buy at the advertised price. Originally on Craigslist, this cute little French wagon was priced at $2,800 which I along with 71% of the readers agreed was a nice price. After all the car was described as a 62,000 original mile black plate California car that had no major issues and as a bonus came with complete service records. Sure, it’s not much on performance, but the clean styling- especially the grill make it interesting enough for the right kind of driver.

The car didn’t sell on Craigslist at the advertised price and now it has ended up on Ebay where very quickly the bidding has exceeded the sellers original asking price, so we have the rare occasion where the seller has undervalued his car. It will be interesting to see how far off he was on his original asking price.


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1947 Willys-Overland Jeep Station Wagon

Filed Under (Willys) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-15-2012

Returning WWII soldiers must have been thrilled to find they could purchase civilian production Jeeps upon returning home. After all, the MB Jeep was a durable and reliable workhorse perfect for those who needed a vehicle that was capable of driving on rough terrain. The CJ-2A was the civilian model of the MB Jeep that went into production in 1945. It was the first 4 wheel drive vehicle available to the American public.

The Willys-Overland Jeep wagon went into production in 1946 and over 300,000 were produced between 1946 and 1965. The early wagons were only available in a burgundy and cream color scheme.

This Hemmings find 1947 Jeep station wagon was fully restored by a a former Army National Guard motor pool mechanic. The 4 cylinder engine with overdrive gives the car great mileage. These Jeeps had a bare bones utilitarian interior, but the white seats with burgundy piping look great against the interior burgundy and the wood trimmed floors. An asking price of $34,900 seems a bit steep but this is one of the nicest ones we’ve seen.

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Fireball Powered: 1962 Buick Special

Filed Under (Buick) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-13-2012

This 1962 Buick Special station wagon is described as a ‘pristine original classic’ with just 47,285 miles on the odometer. The deep sculpting that defines a ’62 Buick works well on this wagon. Described as rust free throughout, there has been one repaint in the correct Mirror Magic Laquer paint that the seller says is an off white color. The pictures aren’t the greatest, but to us the color looks more like a light yellow. The all vinyl interior which was touted by Buick as ‘Childproof’ appears to have held up extremely well after 50 years. Mechanically the car is said to run, drive and stop well.

The ’62 Specials came with an all new “Fireball V6″ engine that was the first ever American produced V6.  The engine was derived from Buick’s 215 c.i. aluminum V8 and was basically the same architecture as the V8 minus 2 cylinders. Cast in iron, the V6 was cheaper than the aluminum V8 but added 35 lbs to the engine.

You can find this 1962 Buick on  Ebay.

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70′s Flashback: 1979 Ford Fairmont Squire

Filed Under (Ford) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-12-2012

When the oil embargo hit in 1973 Detroit was ill prepared to offer consumers economical cars to counter skyrocketing gas prices. The Ford Fairmont, introduced in 1978 symbolized Americas shift from gas guzzling boats to a more practical means of transportation and the Fairmont became an immediate hit becoming one of the most successful first year models of all time.

This 1979 Fairmont station wagon found on Ebay is said to be a one owner car 40,450 original miles and based on the pictures that reveal a very original looking engine bay and a solid and clean underside it’s clear that this is a low mileage car. The car is said to drive very nice and straight without any leaks. The factory air, power windows and radio all work without any issues. The interior looks clean with minimal wear. The seller says the seats are leather but we’re not sure leather was an option on the Fairmont so we’re not convinced.

The exterior looks very clean with minimal wear and some bubbling to the vinyl paneling. Though not a car that would be a hit at the car shows, This Fairmont would make a great driver that has enough of curiosity factor to make it interesting. The seller has a BIN of $10,000, but we think a realistic price is more than half that.

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Hemi Project: 1953 Chrysler Town & Country

Filed Under (Chrysler) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-08-2012

This 1953 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon found on Ebay is an early Hemi car ready for restoration. Only 1,242 were made, so remaining examples are few and far between. Surface rust is evident, but a lifetime in Arizona has helped in keeping the body and floors solid. All the interior and exterior trim pieces appear to be intact. The drivetrain is original including the 331 Hemi engine that is said to purr. Brake cylinders are needed but otherwise the car is said to in good mechanical condition. Power steering, brakes and Simplimatic transmission are among the features on this top of the line wagon.

As you can see, these cars are beautiful when finished. This one in the same ‘Sand Beige’ and ‘Metallic Brown’ finish sold at Barrett-Jackson a few years ago for $66,000.
1953 Chrysler Town & Country

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