The Six Most Iconic Station Wagons of All Time
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My friend's car got totaled last week, and she called to ask me for used-car advice. "What's a station wagon?" she asked out of curiosity. "I'm so glad you asked," I responded. We started browsing used-car listings for station wagons and discovered a lost era of automotive practicality and ingenuity.
Station wagons are a rare breed nowadays. Of the hundreds of new car models available today, there are approximately eight that could be categorized as true station wagons. But station wagons used to be cool, and with good reason. Their boxy rear ends mean that they're immensely practical. They're usually based on sedans, which means they get better fuel economy than tall, non-aerodynamic SUVs. Most important, they're not pretentious like SUVs with their off-road, rough-and-tumble appearance. Who really takes their Honda CR-V off road?
So here is a celebration of some of the best station wagons over the years. Let's hope they make a comeback soon.
6. Chevrolet Nomad
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First generation, 1955-1957
The first generation of the Nomad evokes images of the Beach Boys and surfboards. Related to the equally iconic Chevrolet Bel Air, the 1955-57 Nomad was a stylish two-door wagon introduced during the reign of legendary General Motors designer Harley Earl. Today this generation of Nomad is extremely collectible due to the brief run of the desirable two-door model, and restored versions rack up big bucks at classic car auctions all over the country. Chevy has hinted at the return of the Nomad with a 2004 concept car, but no such model has come to fruition yet.