A Lesson in Automotive History  

rm_titsandtires 53M/43F
2973 posts
7/23/2006 4:57 pm

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A Lesson in Automotive History

The station wagon... what a car. The predecessor to the mini-van, the station wagon was a machine in it's own little category. Now let me preface this by saying... when I refer to a station wagon, I'm not talking about a mid 90's compact domestic wagon, or some Japanese built all wheel drive. I'm specifically referring to the full size station wagons made in america between 1950 and 1979. Remember that.

Full size
American made
1950 - 1979

Now that I've got that out of the way...

The station wagon had a way that made a statement about the driver like no other car in history. Not the massive SUV's of today can even come close to making an impression on other drivers the way a wagon did back then. It had a way off saying "I'm a family man and proud of it" like nothing else ever has. I mean let's face it, the mini van was made for soccer mom's, the SUV's of today are just a subject for their owners to put 20" rims on and see how loud they can make the stereo, so their neighbors know when they leave and arrive again. They are also a great way for their owners to make a statement about how little they are concerned about gas prices.

But back when I was a kid, a station wagon owner had an adventurous streak in him. The kind of man who would have no problem taking his kids out camping, or would always be one of the first to take a day off work and go with his son's 4th grade class to the zoo for a field trip. This man knew how to live it up. He was there for his kids. As an avid soccer player all through grade school, I think I was transported to most of my games in a station wagon.

Think about this. How many of you reading this had a great father figure in your life and grew up being carted around in a station wagon? And if so, weren't one or both of your parents usually the ones going on field trips with you and your siblings' classes? And I know that there were a lot of mom's who drove them too, but it sure seems to me that more often than not, the dad drove the wagon even throughout the work week. If mom had a car, it was usually a smaller sedan. Errands that the whole family were to go on were usually piloted by none other than dad in the wagon.

Some of the great TV fathers who drove wagons were

Mike brady drove a station wagon on "The Brady Bunch"

If I remember correctly, Shirley drove a station wagon on "The Partridge Family"

Who could forget the Vista Cruiser on "That 70's Show"

Now I know I'm gonna get beat up on this one, but I hope I have a few supporters out there too. I mean, show me a blogger who's close to my age who hasn't had one hell of a night at the drive-in movies in a wagon, and I'll show you someone who missed out on a hell of a lot.

Rest in peace, wagons.

rm_DaphneR 59F
8023 posts
7/23/2006 9:41 pm

No wagon in our family either, at least not close family. I do remember one great aunt having one. I was 4 and she was probably close to 70. I always wanted to ride in the seat facing backwards and my mom never would let me ride with her. Hehe, found out later she had a habit of running into things.

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rm_titsandtires 53M/43F
3656 posts
7/24/2006 7:03 pm

Well, like my wife would say... mini vans are "snakes on a plane", and station wagons are "not snakes on a plane".



7/27/2006 6:43 am

Awwww when my kids were 7-4 and 2 i searched the web for one of them big ol wagons and scored we had that beast until the wheels fell off and took it to drive ins, fishin, groceries and many activites! It rocked and a few times with us Great memories {=}

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rm_titsandtires 53M/43F
3656 posts
8/6/2006 11:30 pm

I miss you too Jez....


kyplowboy22 63M

8/17/2006 8:10 am

"Hell, I had an old Chevy wagon in high school. It was the haul your buddies to the ball games, fishing, chasing women down at the park with a car full of yayhoos mobile. Wish I had it back. Try to get around more often. Later


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sexyariesgirl 59F

8/20/2006 1:10 pm

When my Dad died in 1978, the only car he owned was a 1957 Chevy station wagon. That was the car I remembered for most of my growing up years. It was all he could afford - and I LOVED that old car. I stood on the front porch and cried when I saw it go down that gravel road for the last time. My Mom had to sell it for the few dollars it would bring just to try and make ends meet. I was 19 and had been married for a year and a half at the time....and I cried like a baby!

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