This next feature comes as a tip with full commentary from Andy L: For many of us belonging to a certain age group (old), there are a
set of fond memories surrounding a giant station wagon. Mine revolve
around a certain car belonging to my aunt and uncle who lived down the
street and had eight kids. I am a car guy and I cannot remember the
make, year or model of their boat. I do remember it was green, the way
it smelled, and the texture of the carpet in the far back where we used
to ride. I also remember getting inside on summer days and feeling the
blazing hot vinyl and, hotter still, those useless metal square stalks
with buttons that sprouted from between the rear seats. Find this 1970 Pontiac LeMans Wagon offered for $6,500 in Vermillion, SD via craigslist.
“green machine” was magical because it always took us somewhere fun like
the pool, the lake, the A & W or a family function that distracted
from any sort of adult supervision. For a parent wanting to share a
similar experience with his or her kids, this 1970 Lemans fits the bill.
Instead of doing the socially expected thing, which is to get a
Suburban, you could dump your $1.60 gas into this barge.
Yes, you will
have to stoop a little lower to get your kids inside and you will have
to learn how to drive a proper RWD car in the winter like your
ancestors. There is no remote start and your only safety features are
lap belts and 5000 lbs of Newton’s first law of motion. If you can
handle these compromises, then you may be able to create a relatable
experience with your kids that they will never forget.
DT Editor Vince: Big thanks to Andy for the tip and words, if the big one ever hits SoCal and I have to move to South Dakota, this would be my first purchase.