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February 2008 Issue
 
ARTICLE
 
The Family Station Wagon
By Robert McLellan
 
 

Parents loved them and teenagers hated them — especially if they had just received their drivers license and were handed the keys to the family station wagon. Nothing could be more embarrassing than picking up your friends in "that thing". It did not happen to me, but it did to my younger brother after I had left the "nest". Not fond of my parent's "white elephant" Plymouth Suburban, he asked them if he could get it repainted at his expense. A color was agreed on, but when he returned home they were shocked to see their car painted bright orange! Somehow he got away with it.

By not having endured the experience of my brother, I was more open to the usefulness of station wagons when I discovered that my sporty Datsun was too small. The great deals in literature and parts at swapmeets that would not fit in the trunk and back seat sent me to the Chevrolet dealer for a full size station wagon. Later I added a trailer hitch and rear air shocks. With an air mattress in the back I could even sleep overnight at a swapmeet or on a camping trip. After 11 years of service I did what most station wagon owners did — traded it in on the modern equivalent, a minivan.

For all of you who grew up with station wagons as a kid, or as parents, or as someone who used them as work horses, we present the second most popular body style of the 1940s through the 1970s — the station wagon.

 
 

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The Automotive Chronicles, February 2008
 
 
 
 
 
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