Whatever happened to …

… station wagons?

There’s a Dodge Magnum that travels the road in front of our house every morning. You can tell it coming from a mile away. It hasn’t been kept up and it’s incredibly noisy. It gets Jaimie and my attention every time it passes. But, it’s got me thinking. There are blog posts inspirations everywhere!

It’s the closest thing that I can think of to what I would call a station wagon. This is more like it.

Thanks, Alden Jewell – https://www.flickr.com/photos/autohistorian/16966001220 CC BY 2.0

Growing up, there were only the two of us boys in the family so we had no need for it. My aunt and uncle had a family with four kids so they definitely needed more room. They had a station wagon and it sat both families.

Not nicely, by today’s standards. There weren’t enough seats for everyone and mandatory seat belts hadn’t even been considered. So, the kids just piled into the back. We’d have the side windows rolled down and the back window also rolled down to give that blow through breeze effect.

On our way to the beach, we’d take the back roads that included some big up and down hills! It was like a roller coaster ride. It was even possible, I remember, to hit your head on the roof of the wagon. When you got to the beach, the back door folded out to make a great table. This vehicle had it all.

Including a healthy gas consumption too, I would imagine.

For a Sunday, your thoughts please.

  • Did your family own a station wagon when you were a child?
  • If they didn’t did you ever have a ride in one? Any stories to share?
  • Many also came with wood grain side panels that were often the stuff that songs were written about. Can you name any?
  • If you do a search for a station wagon online, there are still manufacturers that use the name. They’re a far cry from my memory of a station wagon. How about you?
  • What’s the closest thing to an old-school station wagon that you can think of today?

Please share your station wagon stories in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …”

  1. The good ol’ station wagon! Yup, my childhood too. My dad drove a white one with brown side panels for many years. On summer evenings, our family of four would often go to the Dairy Queen and a few more kids from the neighbourhood could always jump in. On long trips, my brothers and I would flip up the small table in the very back and play games. That is quite something to think about — no seat belts and sitting every which way. Now trying to think what the speed limit on the highway was at the time!

    I will admit to also owning a station wagon for a short while. For some reason, my husband and I decided to get a Ford Taurus one instead of a van when the kids were younger. It had those odd “porthole” type windows at the back. I really missed a concealed trunk and the air conditioning kept failing, so we didn’t keep that one very long. We tired of it quite quickly in general. So that is the last wagon story that I can tell. I can’t even name a song right now…

    Thanks for the ride back in time! 🙂

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  2. Ours had one of those super awkward rear facing backseats, so at a stop sign/light you got to stare down the car directly behind you 🤗

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