For all of us who grew up watching the world pass by (many times backwards) from the rear of a station wagon, this tribute touches a special chord. Long used as a family mover unworthy of respect, the vintage style and quirky functionality of old wagons is now finding favor with automotive enthusiasts. Their unique shapes and long flowing lines separate wagons from more typical vintage cruisers, and in the updated form, resto-mod wagons then take on an entirely different personality. It has become fashionably cool to have an old station wagon covered in patina powered by a chest pounding LS motor coupled with all the modern amenities of a new BMW.

Here are a few of my favorite wagons from the 1950’s through the 1970’s:

1960 Chevrolet Parkwood
1960 Chevrolet Parkwood

This model was produced from 1959 to 1961 and was the equivalent to the Bel Air passenger car series. This wagon was most noted for its long flat roof and striking rear fins. It is a favorite among enthusiasts looking to modernize a classic.

This model was produced from 1959 to 1961 and was the equivalent to the Bel Air passenger car series. This wagon was most noted for its long flat roof and striking rear fins. It is a favorite among enthusiasts looking to modernize a classic.

1976 Pontiac Grand Safari
1976 Pontiac Grand Safari

This car truly represents the end of an era since the GM wagons were significantly downsized in 1977. Known as the “Clamshell” wagons, these behemoths have a tailgate that retracts into the floor and a rear glass that rolls into the headliner. Loaded with all luxury options, these Pontiacs featured a massive 455-V8 engine and weighed over 5,300 lbs.

This car truly represents the end of an era since the GM wagons were significantly downsized in 1977. Known as the “Clamshell” wagons, these behemoths have a tailgate that retracts into the floor and a rear glass that rolls into the headliner. Loaded with all luxury options, these Pontiacs featured a massive 455-V8 engine and weighed over 5,300 lbs.

1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser
1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

Powered by big Oldsmobile V8’s, Vista Cruisers are noted for their fixed-glass, roof-mounted skylights over the second-row seating with sun visors for the second row passengers, a raised roof behind the skylight and lateral glass panels over the rear cargo area along the raised roof, and three rows of forward-facing passenger seating. These cars were the height of cool in their day.

Powered by big Oldsmobile V8’s, Vista Cruisers are noted for their fixed-glass, roof-mounted skylights over the second-row seating with sun visors for the second row passengers, a raised roof behind the skylight and lateral glass panels over the rear cargo area along the raised roof, and three rows of forward-facing passenger seating. These cars were the height of cool in their day.

1962 Ford Country Squire
1962 Ford Country Squire

As the premium station wagon of the Ford division, the Country Squire was distinguished by its external woodgrain trim. From the 1950 to 1991 model years, eight generations of the Country Squire were produced. These large boulevard cruisers could be equipped with big block FE engines, a four-speed floor shifter and bucket seats. Today, the 1960 through 1963 models are the most coveted by car enthusiasts.

As the premium station wagon of the Ford division, the Country Squire was distinguished by its external woodgrain trim. From the 1950 to 1991 model years, eight generations of the Country Squire were produced. These large boulevard cruisers could be equipped with big block FE engines, a four-speed floor shifter and bucket seats. Today, the 1960 through 1963 models are the most coveted by car enthusiasts.

1955 Chrysler New Yorker Station Wagon
1955 Chrysler New Yorker Station Wagon

The 1955 Chryslers were completely restyled, given the "100 Million Dollar Look" and the most expensive model in the lineup was the HEMI V8-powered New Yorker Deluxe Town

The 1955 Chryslers were completely restyled, given the "100 Million Dollar Look" and the most expensive model in the lineup was the HEMI V8-powered New Yorker Deluxe Town

By: Mike Tarquinio