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Open mic: What’s your favorite classic station wagon?

Station wagons are getting frighteningly close to extinction in the United States. Buyers looking for a comfortable vehicle capable of hauling around their family and / or their gear generally opt for a SUV or, as of late, a crossover. Europe is seeing the same trend thanks in part to a slew of compact crossovers like the Renault Captur and the Nissan Qashqai, but wagons are still relatively popular on the Old Continent – at the very least, they’re popular enough for automakers to keep investing in building new ones.

Station wagons used to be hot sellers on both sides of the Atlantic, and nearly every car company (save for a handful of high-end ones) had at least one wagon in its lineup. Some had a wagon to fit just about every buyer’s need. For example, in the early 1970s Peugeot offered a wagon version of the 204, the 304 (pictured below) and the 504.

What is your favorite classic station wagon? For the sake of this discussion we’ll say a classic is at least 25-years old.

12 thoughts on “Open mic: What’s your favorite classic station wagon?

  1. Hello,

    The W124 Mercedes Benz is my number one, but I like these others as well:

    – Citroën AMI 8 Break
    – Renault 12 Familiale
    – BMW E30 Touring
    – Renault 21 Nevada
    – Volvo 200 and 700 series

  2. In the UK in the ’60s The Humber Super Snipe Estate was classy till along came the Radford conversion of the Aston DB 5. I was always a fan of the Volvo Amazon brake but my all time fave has to be the Citroen CX.

  3. I must say, that I hate those darned SUV-crossover-stylish-makebelieve-wannabe-offroaders – which is odd, as I am quite fond of the Matra Rancho. As the Rancho can not only be considered a SUV and a MPV, but with some good will also be considered a station wagon, I will go a ahead and put it right away on my favorite station wagon list. I’m sorry, I can’t decide a single favorite, this will be a list…

    As I am originating from Ingolstadt, the Audi 100 Avant from 1982 in silvery light brown needs to be on that list as well. It is not so much that I really like that car, but for me it is classic that has been burned into my memory 🙂

    Then, a quintessential eighties station wagon needs to be on the list, something like a 1988 Chevrolet Cparice with fake wood panels on the side – again, not because I particularly like it, but because it is such a classic icon.

    And while I’m at it, let me put a 1992 Ford Taurus Station Wagon on that list as well.

    The Fiat Duna Weekend, which was a Fiat Uno station wagon, had a very high appeal for me when I was young, partly because I like the Uno, partly because the Duna wasn’t available in here in Germany. A really simple down to earth car, and the simple lines of the Uno still fascinate me today. I once saw a Duna Weekend in the Czech Republic in the early Nineties, and I had to stop, grab my camera and take a picture before the Duna drove off – really a rare breed. I would have loved to own one back then.

    And such a list would be incomplete without a Mercedes, and it was a tough decision between the W123 and W124, but I will go with the W124 as I have grown fond of the work Bruno Sacco has done for this one. If I’d buy a station wagon today, it’ll probably be a W124.

    • Personally I wouldn’t say the Rancho is a station wagon. But, in any ways, it’s certainly one of the versatile vehicles ever produced. A Suv, an MPV; or a Crossover.. it can be anything.. It’s a car of its own category..

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  5. For character, simplicity and reliability, you can’t beat a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller de-luxe, ideally one with semaphore indicators and tiny side and rear lights. I still miss mine.

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