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The station wagon is a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it thing. If you’re on the love-it crew, that’s because you believe wagons can be totally awesome. And since many of them are often based off four-door sedans, they can offer quite a bit of performance potential while being very practical. If you’re on the “hate it” side, that’s likely because of their contemporary reputation as the typical “mom-“ or “dad-mobile,” and thereby lacking the “cool” factor.
But wagons have been making a resurgence because, as car enthusiasts say, what’s not cool about being able to go fast while hauling a bunch of stuff, like your family? And who said the family vehicle can’t be fun?
With crossovers taking over the land and all the “not-car-enthusiasts” buying those for daily, family transport, the uncoolness factor has thus faded away from wagons, making them at least potentially cool again. So we’ve come up with a few examples of some of our favorite wagons from history.
1927 Ford Model A
The 1927 Ford Model A is basically where it all started for station wagons. It was the first automobile to be offered as a “woodie station wagon” in either four-door or three-window “Deluxe” form. But its greatest distinction was its extended roof line, additional set of windows, and a larger rear-opening, then the first of its kind, making it essential to the history of the station wagon. It featured a body-on-frame construction with its passenger cell primarily being made of, as you guessed, wood. Wood sheathed with alloys and coated with lacquer, to be specific. So the reason why wagons even exist can be attributed the Ford Model A.
Volvo 850 R/V70 R
Volvo’s famous 850 and later updated V70 wagon of the 1990s first surfaced in 1993, following the sedan’s introduction in 1991. It was the replacement for the company’s hugely successful and previous generation 200 series, or what is often known as the Volvo 240 wagon. The 850 not only further solidified the public’s continuous interest in the station wagon, especially with stiff competition from the recent invention of the minivan and the SUV, but it also proved wagons can be cool. That’s because the Volvo 850 made its name in the world-renowned British Touring Car Championship, proving that wagons can race, too. This trickled down to the consumer market with the limited production Volvo 850 T-5R, a high-performance variant that further established this wagon’s reputation for speed.
The Nissan Stagea is unfortunately forbidden fruit for us North American buyers. A JDM-only (Japanese Domestic Vehicle) production for Nissan, the Stagea has a huge reputation for being a “Skyline, but with four-doors and a long roof.” That’s because the Stagea surfaced in 1996, based on the same plate form as the R33-generation Nissan Skyline, complete with the option of Nissan’s famous turbocharged RB26 inline-six, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and a five-speed manual. Nissan discontinued production of the Stagea in 2007 in favor of crossovers, specifically the “Nissan Skyline Crossover,” which we get in the North American market, originally as the Infiniti EX, or now the QX50.
Buick Roadmaster (1992-1996)
The Buick Roadmaster Estate is one of our favorite wagons since it’s considered the last true example of the iconic American full-size sedan-based wagon with a “lazy V8” and couch-like “bench seats.” Based on GM’s last rear-wheel drive car “B platform,” which also underpinned the Chevrolet Caprice and Impala SS, its fairly modern underpinnings and enough space for a Corvette V8 swap make it a preferred choice for American muscle lovers and engine swappers alike. Don’t you think a classic American wagon with a Corvette engine in it would be sweet?
Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG wagon
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