17,142 Miles: 1978 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country

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

In 1978 Chrysler was nearing bankruptcy. They were a victim of a poorly executed earlier expansion, high gas prices, several recessions, poor build quality and cars that were behind the times in consumer tastes. Looking back nearly forty years later there are certain Chrysler models that in retrospect give you some insight into the companies failures including this 1978 LeBaron Town & Country adorned in full simulated wood paneling. By 1978 woodie wagons were already relics of the past, faded into oblivion by the early 70′s. Don’t get me wrong,  I absolutely love this car now but this is exactly the car I hated when I was in high school in 1978!

Just 17,142 miles form new and in impeccable condition, this 1978 Chysler LeBaron is Town & Country is likely as nice an example that you will find. Up for auction by Cascadia Classics via Bring a Trailer it will be interesting to see where the bidding goes with this one. I’m going to go with a 11-13K final bid.

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Original 348: 1959 Chevrolet Kingswood

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-01-2017

After many years in storage this 1959 Kingswood has been resurrected and is looking for a new owner. There’s plenty to like about this wagon beginning with the fact that it looks to be very original and intact. The list of options is impressive beginning with a numbers matching 348 mated with a turboglide transmission, 3rd row seating, power steering, padded dash. two speed wipers, a functioning power rear window and a rare and complete luggage rack. Found on Ebay in Santa Rosa, California the starting bidding was at $15,200 with the reserve unmet on the first day of the auction posting.

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Sweeping Lines: 1968 Buick Sport Wagon

Filed Under (Buick) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-01-2017

The downward sweeping spear and portholes were trademarks of Buick in the 1950′s but both disappeared by early 1960′s with the downward spear making a bit of a comeback in the late 1960′s which is especially accentuated in this 1968 Buick Sport Wagon.  A well defined simulated wood applique is broken by the Buick’s sweeping look giving it one of the more unusual ‘wood wagon’ looks of the era. This Sport Wagon has the ‘Vista’ roof which was more known as an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser trademark. The Buick is listed on Ebay in Flager Beach, Florida

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Beautiful Driver: 1968 Volvo 122S Amazon

Filed Under (Volvo) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-31-2017

This 1968 Volvo 122S Amazon is a lifetime California car that appear to be very original and solid. A paint job was completed a few years ago and the seller describes it as beautiful. The chrome and trim pieces look nice with a light patina evident. Mileage is listed at 74,205 and although there is no claim of originality it would be hard to believe that the odometer has turned. Listed on Ebay and located in Los Angeles the seller has a BIN for $15,500.

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1 of 5: 1969 Cadillac DeVille

Filed Under (Cadillac) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-27-2017

This 1969 Cadillac DeVille station wagon is just 1 of  5 commissioned by Cadillac that year to be used at the Indianapolis 500 with the purpose of transporting VIP’s and corporate sponsors to and from the race. While Cadillac over the years would commission Hess & Eisenhardt and other coach builders, to produce low numbers of specialty station wagons and hearses, the makers of the Indy 500 Cadillac station wagons remains a mystery.

While production hardtop wagons hadn’t been seen in several years ending with Chrysler in the mid sixties it’s nice to see one last view of how clean a long roof is as a hardtop. The five Cadillac wagons ended up being sold through a Dallas car dealer and this one ended up servicing a cemetery in California.

Restored in 1998, the Cadillac had a complete mechanical restoration and was refinished in British Racing Green. Perhaps the most notable change was the interior which was trimmed in simulated alligator leather and looks absolutely fitting for a Cadillac of this era. You can find this Cadillac on Ebay in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Canada Rare: 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder Sedan Delivery

Filed Under (Pontiac) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-26-2017

A first look at this Pontiac Sedan Delivery and one would surely think this is one sweet custom, after all Pontiac wasn’t making sedan deliveries in the late fifties right?  Well, in Canada you could purchase one but even there they were a rare sight as General Motors of Canada only produced 857 sedan deliveries in 1957. With such a low number produced there can only be a handful left today making this one the rarest of the rare.  The example here which can be found on Hemmings and located in Waterloo, Ontario is described as being ‘sympathetically restored as new.’ All the sheet metal is described as original with a high quality paint re-finish in ‘Imperial Ivory.’ The chrome and stainless are a combination of NOS parts and re-plating. The interior was restored in correct original Black/Charcoal cobblestone cloth and the rear cargo department is described as being well detailed. The power plant is the original 6 cylinder 261 cid with 3 speed standard shift on the column and equipped with overdrive. Mileage is showing just over 50,000 which the seller says lines up with the condition of the car. There is no price listed by the seller as the listing shows ‘inquire.’ Given the rarity and quality of the car this beauty won’t come cheap.

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7,573 Miles: 1980 Buick Century

Filed Under (Buick) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-25-2017

Low mileage cars always get my attention so when I saw this super low mileage Buick Century station wagon on Craigslist I just had to do a little research as not much information was given. What is stated in the ad is the asking price is $6,000 and that there is good new headliner, muffler and tailpipe, battery, and heater hoses. The paint is described as showing it’s age and that the mileage is 7,573…wait a minute! when a car is that low in miles there has to be a good story behind it. With a bit of internet sleuthing I found that the car went up for auction about 2 years ago. The story in that listing tells of a buyer purchasing a defaulted storage unit that not only had this car but also included a 1980 Buick Regal that also had around 7,000 miles. The cars were owned by two little old ladies who only drove them to church and back (we’ve heard that one before!) After the women passed away, their caretaker inherited the cars and put them into storage where he eventually defaulted on the payments.

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Slant Six: 1963 Plymouth Valiant V200

Filed Under (Plymouth) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-24-2017

The rise in competition from European imports that were affordable and economical led in part to the Big 3 introducing true compacts in model year 1960. Chevy had the Corvair, Ford the Falcon and Chrysler corporation introduced the Valiant which was supposed to be a brand of its own; in fact, you won’t see any Plymouth badging on a 1960 model nor was Plymouth or Chrysler mentioned in the advertising. Styling was, well controversial. You either loved them or hated them. Early Valiants were available with aluminum block engines shaving precious pounds away. By 1963 the aluminum block engines were gone due to reliability issues but the cast iron 225 was here to stay as it proved to be bullet proof.

This 1963 Valiant V200 which was the top level wagon, can be found on Hemmings with a negotiable price of $12,500. The owner originally purchase the car for his father in law who was looking for a Valiant wagon to restore. He had the quarter panels replaced, re-chromed the bumpers and had the car repainted.

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Stately: 1969 AMC Ambassador Diplomat

Filed Under (AMC) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-23-2017

This mostly original AMC Ambassador Diplomat was the top of the line offering from AMC in 1969. Located in Orlando, Florida and posted on Ebay in a no reserve auction there is plenty to like starting with the crisp conservative styling that was a hallmark of most of what came out of American Motors in the 1960′s. The seller states that the odometer reads 18,170 with no claims of originality. A close look at the pictures shows that there is enough of a patina to safely assume that the odometer has flipped. Being AMC’s top dog, this Ambassador is equipped with  a 343 V8 paired with a 4 barrel carburetor and a Borg Warner automatic transmission. There no description of any mechanical issues although the owner does state that the car is ‘running and driving.’ Power Steering, Power Brakes, Cruise Control and factory AC are also among the options although the seller does say that the AC is untested.

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Out of Hibernation: 1963 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta

Filed Under (Oldsmobile) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-20-2017

After sitting for the past 15-20 years this Olds Super 88 Fiesta is back on the road and up for auction on Ebay in Titusville, Pennsylvania, The story goes that it the owners daughter inherited it from her father after he passed away where he mostly used it for car shows. The odometer is showing just 31,683 miles and is said to be original. Years of sitting required some work to get it roadworthy including a rebuild of the original alternator, starter, carburetor and fuel pump. A new air filter, spark plugs, water pump, brake hoses, brake lines, wheel cylinders and master cylinder were added as well.

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