The Late Great Iconic American Station Wagon

Posted By on August 23, 2015

Chuckled at the CNBC post on “Iconic Cars that are no longer around” and remembering our couple of our very functional “woodie-look” wagons of old as well as my father-in-laws’ wagons. Neither of us had the extinct Buick Roadmaster (above), but he had several Chevrolet station wagons … the last being the “White Whale” up until he bought the 2008 Chevy Trailblazer … and I had both the fake wood on a Chevy and an Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser wagon. On the Chevy I had to wire the rear bumper on (rusted off) and the Olds was traded in on my first of two Toyota 4-Runner (1994) with a 5 speed manual — still one of my favorite cars.

Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Mourn the death of the beloved American family station wagon, complete with fake wood paneling. First, Chrysler eliminated its classic wood-paneled wagon in favor of a bland suburban minivan. Then, Buick killed its Roadmaster Estate Wagon in 1996.


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