12 Timeless Classic Station Wagons

With their elongated bodies and spacious interiors, station wagons have long evoked memories of family road trips, weekend adventures, and a bygone era of automotive design. They were the chariots of the suburban boom, ferrying families to picnics, beaches, and movie drive-ins. While the age of the SUV may have overshadowed their prominence, the allure of classic station wagons remains undiminished.

Chevrolet Nomad (1955-1957)

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The Nomad was a game-changer, turning the staid reputation of station wagons on its head. With its two-door design and unique styling derived from a Motorama show car, the Nomad blended utility with serious style. It was powered by Chevy’s legendary small-block V8, adding to its allure.

Ford Country Squire (1950-1991)

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Known for its wood-grain siding, the Country Squire was a staple in suburban America for decades. Offered with various powertrains over the years, including some stout V8s, it represented the ideal blend of space, comfort, and style.

Volvo 240 Wagon (1975-1993)

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The 240 Wagon was the epitome of Volvo’s commitment to safety, reliability, and practicality. With its cavernous interior and rear-facing third-row seat, it became a favorite among families. The turbocharged versions added an unexpected dash of performance to the mix.

Buick Roadmaster Estate (1991-1996)

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A classic American behemoth, the Roadmaster Estate offered seating for up to eight passengers and a vast cargo area. Powered by an LT1 V8 engine derived from the Chevrolet Corvette, it was both roomy and powerful.

Subaru Outback (1994-present)

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Though not as old as others on this list, the Outback was instrumental in the evolution of station wagons into today’s popular crossover SUVs. Its raised suspension and rugged appearance, combined with AWD, made it a favorite for those seeking adventure.

Mercedes-Benz W123 Wagon (1976-1986)

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Built with Mercedes’ trademark quality, the W123 Wagon was known for its durability and timeless design. Many have easily surpassed hundreds of thousands of miles, making them a favorite for those valuing longevity.

Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback (1961-1973)

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Volkswagen’s venture into the station wagon market yielded the Squareback. With its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine and distinct European design, it stood out in the American market, becoming a beloved classic.

Peugeot 504 Wagon (1968-1983)

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The 504 Wagon, with its robust design and reliable diesel engine option, was a hit in various global markets. Its long lifespan and popularity in challenging terrains like Africa testify to its durability.

Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (1964-1977)

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Recognizable for its elevated roofline and skylights above the rear seat, the Vista Cruiser was both innovative and stylish. It provided a unique passenger experience, blending the utility of a station wagon with panoramic views.

Datsun 510 Wagon (1968-1973)

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The 510, especially in its wagon form, provided an affordable, reliable, and surprisingly sporty option for families. Its well-engineered design and sprightly nature made it a favorite among enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike.

Chevrolet Kingswood (1959-1972)

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A larger-than-life wagon, the Kingswood was known for its extravagant tail fins in its early years and its ability to carry the entire family in style. As with many Chevys of the era, V8 power was abundant.

Pontiac Safari (1955-1989)

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Known for its flashy chrome details and stylish design, the Safari was Pontiac’s luxurious answer to the family wagon. Over the years, it was available with a range of powerful engines, making it as performance-oriented as it was practical.

This article originally appeared on MyCarMakesNoise.

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