I saw this next car and thought to myself; another 3-row, 8-passenger, wood paneled Buick station wagon from the mid 90s, must be a Roadmaster…except that it didn’t have the space ship styling or the longitudinally mounted V8 engine. Could it be possible that Buick thought the market for 8 passenger station wagons was so great in 1994 that they needed to offer multiple levels of wagonness. This wasn’t 1965…what were they thinking? I’m not sure, but what am I sure of is that I love the idea of an A-body with transverse mounted Buick V6 that was designed in the 1970s (this generation lasted from 1982-1996) was still available for sale in 1994 with wood sides and a set of rear facing jump seats. Find this 1994 Buick Century Wagon offered for $2,850 in Somers, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I watched con-man magician David Blaine do some stunt the other day involving a bunch of hot air balloons and an impressive O2 free rise to 20,000 ft that involved putting on a parachute in the air…anyway, I think that David is a remarkable showman/daredevil, but he’s got nothing on the disappearing rear glass of a vintage Poncho Safari wagon. Where’d it go? Did it go down into the tail gate that is now lowering into the bumper, or did it go up into the headliner…I am so confused. But what I’m NOT confused about is the incredible beast that is this next car. Find this 1973 Pontiac Catalina Safari offered for $11,500 in Antioch, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There is something deep within the human psyche that causes a constant desire to one-up the next guy. You see someone with a wood grain dash and you get a wood sided wagon. This next person must have been a regular reader of Stephen Potters hilarious One-Upmanship (I prefer Potter’s original work; The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship or The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating) and seen a woodie and come to the natural conclusion that a typical woody does not have enough wood. Therefore, he build this rolling sauna. The only questionable part of the build is why you’d suggest using such a vehicle as a BBQ truck…the inevitable roadside fire and news report almost writes itself. Find this 2008 Jeep Commander bidding for $1,050 on ebay reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
There is a Ren & Stimpy song that goes something like this; It’s log, it’s log; It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood; It’s log, it’s log, it’s better than bad, it’s good. Now, I don’t know how long its been since I’d seen that episode of Ren & Stimpy (decades, for sure), but for some reason […]
What kind of modern car can you seat 8 people in comfort that ISN’T a minivan (or van) but you can drive it every day? Oh yeah, and it has to be cheap. Fuel better be cheap too, because this next car sucks down crude faster than a battleship, but it has the woodsides of […]
In 1953 a shopper at a Pontiac dealer had a number of choices — starting with the entry level Chieftain (except for Canada, which had the Pathfinder) and then going up in class to the Super Chief, Star Chief, or the Safari if wagons were your thing. Today’s next feature is vaguely related to a […]
Nothing exudes class more than simulated wood grain down the side of a 216″ long car. The introduction of 1984 Chrysler Minivans took out the breed of full sized American made wagons like an asteroid hit did to the dinosaurs. The panther based Ford Country Squire wagon had its final curtain call in 1990. Ford […]
The classic American body-on-frame family station wagon might not be a fixture at your local auto dealer since the Buick Roadmaster was put to bed after the 1996 model year…but it is a regular feature at car shows and on the mean streets of main street USA. Find this 1972 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon […]
Imagine for a minute that you are insane want the comfort and reliability of a 90s Explorer combined with the looks of a ’52 Studebaker and faux wood sides of various classic woodies. Taken alone each one of these things is perfectly good, but combined it sounds like a plate of deep fried gummy bears […]
The Volkswagen Beetle was built in a such prodigious numbers that over time people have found the most curious ways to disguise them — which it is sort of insulting to the original Czech-born designer, a guy named Ferdinand Porsche. Anyway, this next custom has somehow skirted the line between insulting E.T. “Bob” Gregorie, the […]