During the 1960s and 1970s, station wagons based on full-sized Detroit sedans were the default family haulers, and many of those Kingswood Estates and Country Squires and Ambassadors came with unapologetically phony woodgrain-printed exterior paneling and trim. By the late 1980s, however, few were snapping up such wagons, making this '87 Safari
that I spotted in a Denver yard an interesting find.
Power for this wagon came from a 307-cubic-inch Oldsmobile
V8 making 140 horsepower. General Motors
used this engine in Buicks
, Oldsmobiles, Chevrolets
, and Cadillacs
, finally discontinuing production for the 1990 model year.
Was the "wood" convincing, even when new? Of course not, but it was a cherished American tradition.