This is one long and low slab sided behemoth that just seems to go on forever. Sure, it’s over 18 feet long but the combination of the design, the low stance and the expanse of glass give it an even longer appearance. Found on Craigslist near Tuscon, Arizona this wagon has an asking price of $7,200.
If you grew up in the 70’s like I did you can probably relate to experience of driving around in a big station wagon, the 8 track player rolling endlessly or your favorite top 40 station on the airwaves while you fought with your sisters in the backseat. It was a time when the youth culture was expressing their freedom and at the same time confusing their elders in a clash of the generations. What better way to express yourself than a statement bumper sticker on your car, which brings us to this very original 1971 Mercury Monterey- original right down to the bumper and window stickers. Found on Craigslist near San Jose, California with an asking price of $8,500 this wagon is sure to make a statement.
It’s still puzzling to me that the Corvair station wagon had just a 2 year run. It would seem to fit right into the market they were trying to capture- younger economy minded families looking for something a little different. Maybe Chevy decided to yield to the Chevy II/Nova for it’s compact wagon market, they were after all huge sellers in the first 2 years of production with over 135,000 Chevy II/Nova wagons sold! Whatever the case, the short production run of Corvair wagons makes these little beauties fairly rare and definitely a desirable addition for any wagon enthusiast. This 1961 Corvair Lakewood is mostly original and only has 58,776 miles on the odometer. You can find it on Ebay where there is plenty of early bidding.
You have to admire when a car company makes an outside the box move in automotive technology and that’s exactly what GM did with the ‘Y’ body compacts introduced in 1961. Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac all shared the Y platform for their entry level compacts and they all introduced innovative technology to their platforms but it may have been Pontiac who was the most innovative. Starting with the 195ci slant four- an engine that was basically the Pontiac 389 cut in half and a rear transaxle that eliminated the transmission hump and allowed for more interior room, this was quite a change in what Americans were used to. Priced at $13,500 and available on Hemmings , this nicely optioned Tempest Safari would be a great acquisition for anyone looking for something just a little bit out of the norm.
When you look at the hierarchy of station wagon styles, obviously the 4 door post wagon is overwhelmingly the most common followed by 2 door post wagons and 4 door hardtops but what about the 2 door hardtop wagon? The 2 door Chevy Nomad wagons were technically hardtops but the B pillar is just behind the door so the visibility from the back seat is somewhat obstructed. So besides the Nomad the only other 2 door hardtop American wagons I can think of is the Mercury Voyager that was manufactured for only 2 years in the late 1950’s. You can find this Voyager on Hemmings with a negotiable price of $54,500.
Out of Eureka, Montana comes this 1960 Country Sedan with loads of potential. Now Montana might not be a place you think of as being kind to old cars but I’ve seen quite a few solid bodied cars come out of Montana in the last couple of years and this looks like another one. The seller tells us that there is rust on the front floorpans but otherwise the rest of the car only has surface rust, Found on Collector Car Ads this 1960 Ford Wagon has an asking price of $6,000.