What wagon is the ultimate wagon to you?

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  1. Booboo59er

    Booboo59er New Member

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    I am fairly new to this board and perhaps this question has been asked before - but if there is ONE station wagon make, model, trim line and colour combination ( inside and outside ) that is your favorite - if you had the spare cash to go out and knew where that exact car is - what would it be? This isn't a trick question.. just a question that if I were asked that, I would have to say that for me, it would be a 1959 Chevrolet Nomad ( 4 door Impala series 6 passenger ) in Crown Sapphire and Snowcrest White with an aqua interior - 348, 4 bbl, Powergide transmission with factory in dash air conditioning ( NOT the dealer add on A/C unit ), power windows, power seat, Wonderbar radio and Level Air suspension. . In a perfect world, it would be a 9 passenger wagon with the third seat facing aft in what GM called "the Lookout Lounge". Ah, but they had imagination back then, didn't they? However, only the Kingswood wagon ( Bel Air trim level ) was available as a nine passenger and all Kingswoods had the third seat. Here's something close to what I would ask Santa for and want to receive for Christmas ...



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    The above car apears to be a lighter shade than Crown Sapphire which was a very pretty blue colour. But this will give you the right idea... So what would your first choice be?:):):)
     
  2. That Hartford Guy

    That Hartford Guy Mopar no more.

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    Wow!

    Tough question!

    I do agree that the GM full sized wagons for 1959 are the ultimate in flash. Perhaps only equalled by the 1961 Chrysler wagons with their huge tailfins and canted headlights. The 1961 Plymouth wagons also had a look that would turn heads (and some stomachs) LOL. But I love them.

    But I also love the big seventies monster wagons. Those GM clamshell wagons and the final huge Chrysler Town and Countrys. The ultimate clamshell? An Olds Custom Cruiser with every option. Throw in a 1974 Town and Country and a 1977 Mercury Colony Park. :)
     
  3. Stormin' Norman

    Stormin' Norman Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that's a toughie. I agree on the Mopar wagons, but I'd go as far back as the 1955 to 1958 New Yorker Wagons with those nice big brutish gas-guzzling Hemis. Gas was 36 cents a Canadian Gallon back then, and the gastanks were HUGE! And the bumpers took 2 men and a boy to remove. :biglaugh:

    Then I'd have to include the early 50's Buick Roadmaster Woodie wagons with the straight 8's. Style, all style. (y)

    And Fairmont/Zephyr/Cougar Wagons from 1978 to 1982. So easy to work on, comfy, cheap to run, and responsive. I'll probably restore one or two more before they throw my ashes somewhere. I want to make good ash hard to find. :evilsmile:
     
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    I've often thought about this

    And I think i already have my 'dream' wagons;)
    .. 58 Edsel Bermuda woodie
    .. 63 Falcon woodie
    .. 61 Falcon 2dr wagon
    .. 64 Merc Colony Park woodie

    I just wish that the Restoration Fairies would finish them...that would be my dream :p

    although...i'd really like a 60 Ford woodie ;)

    ahh hell....1 of each Woodie !! from 57 to 70 !!
    Ford and merc pleeez
    I promise Santa...i'll be good:dancing:
     
  5. patrick80

    patrick80 Wagonista!

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    I'd like one of these:

    -Volvo P1800 wagon - probably THE best looking wagon, ever! Black.
    -1961 Chrysler New Yorker 9-pass wagon - 413 auto, loaded! Red w/red interior.
    -1947 Chrysler Town and Country wagon - THE best woody! Cream white with brown leather interior
    -1940 Ford Woody - built as a surf wagon, of course! Tan.
    -1978 Chrysler New Yorker wagon - 440 4-bbl, loaded, the last of the BIG wagons! Silver/gray leather interior
    -1959 Chevy Brookwood wagon, as pictured above.
    -1955 Chevy Nomad - gotta have a Nomad in the garage! Like Tim Taylor's car on "Home Improvement"
    -1970 Datsun 510 wagon - probably one of the best-looking Japanese wagons ever! Mustard/black interior
    -1949 Crosley woody - just because I could park it on a playing card.
    -1980 Chrysler LeBaron T&C wagon - I have one, and it's a neat car!
    -1986 Chrysler "K" woody - a history-maker!
    -1973 Chevy or Pontiac mid-sized wagon - with a 454 4-speed or 455 4-speed! Pull-me-over red!
    -1940 Hudson Super Six woody - there are only three known to exist!
    -1969 Olds Vista Cruiser - you can watch the air races AND the submarine races with these!
    -1990 Buick Roadmaster - with the LT1 V-8, obviously! In dark green or black
    -1967 GMC Suburban - I had a beautiful one and let it go (sniff!)
    -1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer - cream white, woodgrain, leather, 360, oooh, baby!
    -1949 Jeep wagon - 4x4, small, agile, a bit slow, but lotsafun! In blue, please.
    -1963 Studebaker Daytona Wagoneer, sliding roof and all! Dark blue with tan interior.


    That would be the wagon wing of the patrick80 Garage Majal.
     
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    the Rev senior junior Charter Member

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    quote: "GARAGE MAHAL"
    :rofl2::rofl2:thats priceless!!:rofl2:
     
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    oldmopar Well-Known Member

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    Wagons like women everyone likes something different.
    Right now I am happy with my 52 Plymouth suburban

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    patrick80 Wagonista!

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    I wouldn't toss that Plymouth out of the garage for dripping oil, either!

    My first two cars were '52 Plymouths - a Cranbrook and a Cambridge - both four-doors.
     
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    Is that like "Love the one you're with"? :biglaugh:
     
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    Family Truckster of course.

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    1957 Buick Caballero

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    dedsleds the dude

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  13. Booboo59er

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    Old Mopar - Nice wagon!!!! What a peach! No doubt you get a lot of comments as it is a rare thing to see a car like her - especially as pure and stock as she looks! Say what you like but a car doesn't have to be a fully optioned and decked out luxury liner or a '57 Chevy or a Mustang or a GTO to be enjoyed and appreciated. I have a real soft spot for the orphans - the forgotten ones that everyone threw away because they were "just a wagon" or "just an old four door".
    A friend of mine hauls cars in for recycling and he hauled in recently a '68 Meteor Rideau 10 passenger wagon sitting in his yard right now that needs to be saved. Would you believe that the woman who gave him the car to haul away learned to drive in that car when it was brand new? It's a real project but it should be saved. It's unusual not only in that it is a Meteor ( it is one of 544 Meteor Rideau 10 passenger wagons built in '68 ) but also, it only has a 302 in it. Most Meteors were 390 powered because they were a big car.
    For those who don't know what a Meteor is, it was a model built exclusively for sale in Canada and a few were exported over seas. It is basically a full sized Mercury mechanically and as far as sheet metal and glass goes. The differences are in the badging of the car, some experterior trim items and the interior which is basically identical to a full sized Ford car of the same year. The Meteor Montcalm had Ford Custom interior upholstery, the Rideau had Galaxie upholstery and in '68, the LeMoyne ( top of the line ) had LTD upholstery. "Upholstery" refers to door panels and dash trim - in fact, the entire dash board is that of a Ford and not a Mercury. Aside from the luxurious LeMoyne, to the best of my knowledge, all Meteors shared the same seat fabrics and designs as their same trim line Ford cousins.
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    The wagon that I am talking about has been spared temporarily because scrap prices have taken a nose dive so if I can thin my own collection down enough over the next few weeks, I'll likely buy it and have it towed home. I'll try to get some pictures of it in the next few days and post them along with photos of some of our other projects. Your thoughts and input are most welcome.
     
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    Essentially, I like just about every American wagon built in the 1970's and 1980's (even the Chrysler K-cars and their derivatives). These are the ones that really catch my eye, though...

    First choice would likely be:
    1982-1983 Buick Regal Estate Wagon
    1981-1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser Brougham wagon
    1981 Pontiac LeMans Safari
    1982-1983 Pontiac Bonneville Safari
    1982-1983 Chevrolet Malibu Estate
    (any of the above fully loaded and with the 5.7L diesel, if available)

    Runners up:
    1972-1976 Ford Torino Squire/Mercury Montego MX Villager/1977 Ford LTD II Squire
    1980-1990 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser/Buick Estate Wagon/Pontiac Safari/Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate
    1984-1987 Buick Century Estate Wagon/Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser/Pontiac 6000 Safari/Chevrolet Celebrity Estate
    1971-1991 Ford LTD Country Squire/Mercury Colony Park
    Mid-70's Chrysler/Plymouth wagons (Fury's, Gran Fury's, etc.)
     
  15. oldmopar

    oldmopar Well-Known Member

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    I also have a 52 Cambridge 4 door here is a pic

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