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"Obsessively covering the auto industry" means that when presented with an opportunity to check out some historically interesting cars, we do it. If you don't like station wagons, you might want to scroll down and check out one of our other articles for the time being. For the rest of you who grew up with the classic Detroit-style land barges, check out some of the pictures that we were able to snap last weekend's Station Wagon Owners Association of America convention. With the help of some Volkswagen media guys (who truly went the extra mile to get "the shot") and some station wagon lovers in attendance, we lined up a pretty cool shot that illustrates the progression of VW's station wagon offerings in America. This brings up an interesting point. Volkswagen wanted to show that it sees itself as being a genuine part of classic Americana. With vehicles like the Beetle, Microbus and Karmann Ghia receiving admiring stares from those who remember them from their youth, it's not hard to see why VW feels that way. Likewise, the next generation grew up seeing Volkswagen GTIs on the roads, effectively starting the "hot hatch" category. The Jetta is a particularly American success. While it is the best-selling Volkswagen here in the States, it's hardly mentioned in Europe. So, an argument could be made that the new Jetta Sportwagen belongs right beside the big American station wagons of yesteryear. And so that's where it went, as you'll see in the attached gallery.

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      My God I have so many stories involving a family friends (2) LTD wagons. One was a 74, another was a 77. Those cars were a riot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am fond of SW.
      Those are quite rare in the US I think.
      Let's not forget Subaru, truely the SW specialist (huge chunk of their market, and SW aren't simply a quick derivative of the sedan).
      Volvo should be in the same "boat" litterally...

      VW also had a huge selection of them as in Europe (Fox, jetta (nearly all makes), passat, santana/quantum. I love the old passat syncro SW.

      I also love the rare Merc, and rarer BMW.
      Toyota had few models (Corrola, the AWD one was nice, LT5 or smthg like that, the Camry was the last one 95'ish), Honda even less I think (Civic AWDearly 90's, not a real SW). Nissan had a couple a long long time ago).

      Apart from Saturn and their SW and LW lines, and the nice Magnum (is that called Magnum in SW), there aren't many american now, is it? The big 3 went SUV and Van. Things that can't work out well in Europe or Japan (gas$, space). I love those huge Caprice estate.

      I wish SW+ AWD+diesel combo would be available...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those LTDs are gonna eat the Jetta!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I can't tell you how many hours I spent carpooling to school in those comfortable behemoths.

        It's probably when I did wagons like the Magnum so much.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Those are not LTD's. The LTD was the sedan. Wagons with wood paneling were Country Squires (without the paneling, Country Sedans). But, man oh man, are those relics. Where are the Olds Vista Cruisers and Mercury Colony Parks?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't forget the Ranch Wagon, which was the base model below the Country Sedan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's amazing how big the New VW looks compared to the old ones. Yikes!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had an 1997 Escort wagon... :(
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own two wagons 89 Volvo 740 and Mazda 6 Wagon. both are great cars for different reasons. I think it is a shame that Mazda can't sell or won't the Mazda 6 wagon here in US. I like mine a lot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a VW thing to me... Station Wagon Owners of America, right. Nice VW in everyshot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You can still buy some very nice '94-'96 Buick Roadmaster and Chevrolet Caprice wagons off eBay. I found my '95 Roadmaster Wagon near Chicago, in Crete, Illinois, and drove it home a few years ago. My Golden Retriever thinks it's his because he has his own door! The LT1 makes it quite a sleeper, too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      anyone interested in a 73 buick estate wagon, 455 big block, 9 pass., with jump seat?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like to see more wagons with rear-facing third rows. I guess that's not going to have any time soon though, 3-row crossovers are the thing now. I think Volvo and Mercedes are the only ones that still offer it, and only then as a special order option. I'll take a black E63 wagon, or V70R!

      I grew up riding in the way back of an Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser. Too bad they hadn't invented rear AC vents yet, that dark blue sum'bitch was hot in the summer time!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That brings back memories of going to Florida in the Olds Vista Cruiser with the wood paneling.
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