It's no secret that the Autoblog corporate offices are teeming with station wagon fans. Give us the choice between a 1965 Buick SportWagon and a brand new Ferrari, and, well, we'll choose the Ferrari every time. But we still like the wagons.

So with excitement we watched the trailer (video available below) for "Wagonmasters," a documentary by a couple of Wake Forest University students covering the iconic American station wagon. The trailer begins with shots of a 1966 Pontiac GTO wagon, which, despite its absolute hotness, was never actually built by GM. The white-hot grocery-getter looks to be a GTO wagon recreation owned by Rocky Boyles in Raleigh, N.C.

It's an easily forgiven blooper that hopefully doesn't portend a disappointing documentary. A little less easily overlooked is an uncredited quote used in the trailer that says, "The wagon is a thing of the past and I doubt will ever be produced again." How about the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon? BMW 328i Sports Wagon? VW Jetta Sportwagen?

The documentary's official website says the film "offers glimpses into the lives of such wagon enthusiasts, and tells the story of the station wagon as it represents a changing America over the last one hundred years." Despite the possibility of flaws, we'll hold our final judgement until after the film is screened July 28 at this year's Concours d'Elegance of America in Plymouth, Mich.


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      shnez
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The wagon is exclusively American" Really? There all over Europe. I can see seven on this street alone. Audi estates, BMW 3 and 5 series, Volvo's galore, Mercedes. I have personally had 4 BMW E30 3 Series wagons. Great cheep cars now. Real work horses!
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wagons rule - so says my '91 Custom Cruiser Olds 455. "How about the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon? BMW 328i Sports Wagon? VW Jetta Sportwagen?" PAY ATTENTION - 4x8 sheet of plywood.
        Wagonmasters
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        Hahaha- Toneron, you should check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TheWagonMasterFilmMakers or our Web site: http://wagonmastersthemovie.com/
      jpmcglynn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I grew up with wagons, and loved driving wagons. As a young man I turned a '72 Chevy Concours (Malibu wagon) into an SS equivalent, and had a lot of fun doing it. Talk about a "sport wagon". If you're looking for a wagon today... go to Europe! What was once an American icon is now a staple in the European market. In fact, those very same Fords, BMW's, GM's that come as wagons in Europe just aren't offered here. Why is that? Some American auto executive decides that there's no market for it here so they just don't offer it anymore? I'm sick and tired of the auto executives telling me what I want to drive. I like station wagons... but they push me toward SUV's and minivans because they say that's what "everyone" else "wants". I like manual transmissions but they push me to automatics because they say that's what "everyone" else "wants". Guess what... I'm not "everyone else". and that's NOT what I want! It's one thing if they just don't make it that way, but when the very same car company DOES make it that way (like a new Ford Focus wagon with a stick), I should be able to get it here. Detroit can't even bring themselves to use the name "wagon", even for cars that come close. I admit, the market for wagons has always been a niche market... 10 to 15% of sales for a particular model... rather than try to keep those customers, they push them to other products they say we want, or just push us away entirely. It's a sad day when I have to look to foreign competitors because I can't find what I want made in America.
      danno
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ordered a brand new 1965 gto in the fall of 1964 Night Watch blue with 360 hp four speed with the optional wood appearace steering wheel and dash package..three thousand plus dollars as I remember.. since that time have driven and owned everthing from corvettes to new jaguars to all the asian rides..And as god is my witness there is only one of all these cars that I miss with a vengence...that 1965 pontiac gto...as none came close to providing the same personal satisfaction like that goat did...
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      some wagons look good. I don't understand why they aren't selling more. you get better mileage and performance than a cuv, and you still get a crapload of cargo space. plus they're usually cheaper. try putting a boxed 60 inch tv in your sedan...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      jdssvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Volvo.
        switzarch
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jdssvt
        '88 740 series wagon: the box it came in! I've had it for 16 years [second owner] and it hauls all you need to haul.
      razingkane
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember sitting in the flip up, rear facing 3rd row seats and watching the world go by (without seatbelts). When my dad came home with a new 1972 harvest gold Kingswood Chevy stationwagon with a roof rack, AC, and the rear powered window and tailgate that opened like a clam shell we were the talk of the neighborhood. There was even a button on the dash so you could open and close the tailgate from inside the car. That clamshell tailgate was cool but it was constantly breaking…..it would stop working usually when being closed.
        Wagonmasters
        • 2 Years Ago
        @razingkane
        Clamshells are pretty rare because they were prized positions in the demolition derby world...sounds like you have great memories of that wagon. Our Facebook users would LOVE to hear the details of that car: http://www.facebook.com/TheWagonMasterFilmMakers
      jffryschlt
      • 2 Years Ago
      In high school I drove a 1951 mercury woody station wagon- sraight eight- Gulf super baloon tires- real wood trim on top of faux siding. Had a continental kit on the rear tailgate and when you raised the rear (split) window and lowered the tailgate, the tail lights and tag ( they were mounted on the tailgate) would hinge down so they were visable. As a senior I took an auto shop class and because I hated grease on my hands, I re-built the wood on one side across the hall in the wood shop. 44 years later I still think about that car. Since then I've owned 6 other station wagons and am dying to find just the right 1996 Buick Roadmaster.
        grdpa9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jffryschlt
        According to all specs for the 1951 Mercury cars there never was a straight eight engine in one. Ford had the flat head V8. I had a 1949 Pontiac with a flat head straight eight in it. Buick had a over head valve straight engine in them around that time.
          jffryschlt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @grdpa9
          You're right, it was a flat head eight. I got so excited writing about my old car I was mistaken.
      VIPRLARES
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the wagons. My father had a 1957 Chevy Bel Air Handyman wagon and it was super great and beautiful.
      DALE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have owned two wagons one of which was a '71 Chevy 8 passenger with a 406 engine and a 4 barrel carb. I had lots of room and never lost a drag race! I really loved that car and it was the family car for 13 years. They don't make them like that anymore and it got great gas mileage. Thanks.
      Schobz
      • 2 Years Ago
      hate to say it but the the average consumer, the minivan is the wagon of today.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Schobz
        Nope, you are a decade late. The CUV-crossover is the current equivalent of a wagon. Of course, a crossover IS a wagon with big wheels and an inflated, high-stance body, but don't tell that to Joe and Jane Suburban.
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