The Chevy II or Nova, as it was more commonly known, was never meant to be anything but basic transportation. It wasn’t supposed to be a show stopper, a race car, or a trend setter. Its primary goal was to be functional and thrifty, which it more than excelled at. Somehow such a humble car has been everything from a family hauler to a winning drag racer. Perhaps its multitasking abilities are a result of its simplicity or maybe it’s a result of necessity, either way a Nova can be anything its owner needs it to be. This 1966 Nova Station wagon could be used as a sedate family wagon or the 327 V8 could be upgraded to make it a mean sleeper, it all depends on the next owner’s needs. If you think you’d like to make it yours, check it out here on eBay. Read more »
This old red barn is the kind of barn we all dream of opening and finding a rare car hiding in. Sadly, if a barn like this is hiding something, it’s usually a worn out family sedan that was driven hard and put away wet. What was found in this barn might have been a family hauler, but it isn’t just your run of the mill family sedan. It’s a 1954 Pontiac Chieftain Tin Woody, but it looks like it may have still been driven hard and was definitely put away wet. Be sure to check out the seller’s listing here on eBay.
Before the days of Minivans and SUVs, there were station wagons. In 1948 if a station wagon wasn’t big enough, well you got a DeSoto Suburban. This large car could haul 8 and their luggage that is if you were comfortable with carrying it on the roof. This 1948 DeSoto Suburban was owned by the same gentleman for nearly 60 years and he took great care of it. It is showing its age now though and is going to need some work. So if you need something with some hauling capacity, but don’t want an SUV, be sure to check this one out here on eBay out of Eureka, Montana. Read more »
Update 9/19/13: We have added a picture of another Alfa wagon sighting in Australia and included a little more history about these rare italian haulers. Thanks for sending in the photos guys!
From 9/18/13: Last week Robert J. sent in this photo of an Alfa Romeo wagon he spotted outside a race supply shop in Berkeley. It is nicely done in the traditional red, but Robert says that “the cool thing that you cannot see in this picture is the fact that there is a race prepped go-kart in the rear cargo area of this thing!” My little boy is getting close to karting age, so a Giulia Colli is now on my hunt list. They may be as rare as hen’s teeth, but I’m sure someone can dig one up. Sounds like a challenge… Thanks and happy Wagon Wednesday! Read more »
This 1962 Corvair Monza wagon has been stored in a barn for the past 25 years. The seller claims that it ran when parked and that the only rust is a small hole in the floor. If that is true, then this well-optioned wagon may be the one to get. Clean it up, get it running, and you will have an affordable and practical classic. Find it here on craigslist out of Oakhurst, California for $3,200. Read more »
With all the praise we heaped upon SAAB the other day, we knew we had to feature this 95 that Mark O. sent in. We were tempted to drag it home ourselves, but we thought we had better give our readers a chance. The seller claims that it is “pretty original” and that it runs and shifts fine. It obviously needs cosmetic attention, but if the rust isn’t too bad, their $1,800 asking price here on craigslist seems fair. Thanks Mark for the tip! Read more »
Some people just don’t get wagons. My own wife wouldn’t be caught dead in one and many share her hatred. Yet I secretly lust for one for one of these practical haulers. I’m not entirely sure why though. Sure, they combine truck practicality with car dynamics, but maybe there is more to it than that. Sam Smartt and Christopher Zaluski both wondered why people like me have this fascination so they put together a documentary on the subject. So if you share my affection or just want to know what is wrong with all of us, then you should pick up a copy. Read more »
When the United States entered WWII it didn’t take long for all civilian production to be halted and switched over to help with the war effort. As a result, civilian car production was cut nearly in half for the 1942 model year and top of the line models like the Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Wagon were hit the hardest. This ’42 Ford Woodie is believed to be the last to leave the factory. It has only seen 34k miles since new and is in beautiful condition. The wood could use a new coat of varnish, but overall looks good. Have a look for yourself here on eBay.
If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking, “I sure wish I could bring eight of my closest friends and family members along with me in my Cadillac Fleetwood”, then this 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Estate might just be the car for you. Even if you haven’t ever had this thought and just want a luxurious wagon that you can haul the whole family in, take a look at this nine-passenger Caddy here on eBay.
This Wagon Wednesday’s feature is a survivor 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire. It isn’t perfect, but it looks to be solid and the seller claims it runs and drives nicely. It came with all the options and should make for a comfortable and unique grocery hauler. The seller has listed it here on eBay out of Eakly, Oklahoma with a starting bid of $1,900.