Station Wagons?
May 18, 2001 1:45 PM   Subscribe

Station Wagons? All this talk about SUVs made me feeling a bit nostalgic for the ol' Custom Cruiser. Little did I know I would encounter some Kung Fu Fury.
posted by Dick Paris (11 comments total)
I can't quite make out what that Kung Fu Fury Wagon is. Is that a Plymouth '60 wagon?

We had a '57, with a monster V-8 in it that just went like a bat out of hell, despite the huge amount of iron in it. Had push-buttons for the automatic transmission, I remember.

I didn't get to drive it much, being ten years old and all...
posted by steve_high at 2:13 PM on May 18, 2001

A Plymouth Fury would make sense but the '62 bears little resemblance.
posted by Dick Paris at 2:34 PM on May 18, 2001

Almost makes me pine for the Bierwagen, the 1978 Plymouth Volare I owned during college. This looks like mine except the Bierwagen was yellow and had those fake wood grain decals on the sides. Ate starters for a light afternoon snack, but the engine compartment was so wide open I could change 'em myself. Ah, mighty Slant 6 I miss thee so.
posted by schmedeman at 2:47 PM on May 18, 2001

When I was 6, my parents bought a brand new 1976 Plymouth Volare station wagon, cherry red with, yes, woodgrain decals on the sides. May God have mercy on their souls. This car was so hideous that it made us cheer for the other side when Chrysler started begging for the bailout a few years later.
posted by aaron at 3:10 PM on May 18, 2001

At least it didn't talk. I had a woodgrain station wagon too, but it talked. "A DOOR IS AJAR" "PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS" "YOUR HUEL IS LOW" (Japanese accent that one) "YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IS MALFUNCTIONING" Barf!
posted by rodii at 3:41 PM on May 18, 2001

Sure, a Fury wagon would have been logical.

But for some reason they went with a 1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. (And I think we have a winner on the source GIF.)
posted by dhartung at 5:24 PM on May 18, 2001

Holy cow! We had this exact car when I was three except it was barf green instead of red. Truly one of the ugliest cars of all time but it did have the neat rear facing fold down bench seat in the back. I loved riding back there and making faces at people that were behind us.

We also had a '77 Dodge Aspen Wagon and my dad's office had a '75 Vega so I got to ride around in #7 and #2 on the Worst Cars of the Millennium list.

I'm so proud!
posted by dr. zoidberg at 6:25 PM on May 18, 2001

The Aspen and the Volare were really the same car, so wow, I'm totally honored...#7 worst!
posted by schmedeman at 7:47 PM on May 18, 2001

My favourite station wagon was the one Chevy Chase drove in 'National Lampoon's European Vacation'. It was called the 'megasuper family roadster' or something tacky like that, but was just a crappy old Dodge painted green with some wooden paneling.
posted by wackybrit at 8:17 PM on May 18, 2001

Actually, it was the metallic pea Wagon Queen Family Truckster:

Now, I owe it to myself to tell you, Mr. Griswold, that if you are thinking of taking the tribe cross country, this is the automobile you should be using. The Wagon Queen Family Truckster. You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it.

Thank God our family never attempted the cross country car vacation.

At least one of us would have ended up like Aunt Edna, a corpse strapped to the roof rack.
posted by dr. zoidberg at 8:35 PM on May 18, 2001

My previous car was a 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Wagon. I loved that car. It was beat up as hell, but was great whenever large groups of friends wanted to head somewhere. The thing would comfortably--and legally--seat eight people, 10 or 11 in a pinch. The only problem came from people fighting over who'd get to sit in the back seat.

It was inevitable. People would first look at the car and make jokes and rip on it. Then they'd take a ride and become converts. The fact that it was rusty and ugly just gave it more character.

I'd take a good station wagon over a minivan or an SUV any day. I just wish someone was still building an equivalent to those Custom Cruisers or LTDs.
posted by mrbula at 11:56 AM on May 19, 2001

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