The heyday of the station wagon has been gone for over 40 years now. Long four-door wagons, some with wood paneling, some with excess of chrome, most simply basic transportation for the family, some highly ornamented and luxurious…all gone. First the minivan came… A small box on wheels, light and efficient, great for hauling people around. And those became passé, and were replaced by sport utility vehicles… effectively, a station wagon that is lifted and ready for off-road use, with more macho, masculine truck shapes than anything car related. A couple of wagons tried making it in the 2000s… The Dodge Magnum, Buick Regal TourX, and the Cadillac CTS all made a vain effort to bring the station wagon back to life. But it was not to be. The SUV has been replaced by the crossover, a softer offroader.
The station wagon was a dying dream as long as I’ve been alive, but looking at this 1960 Chevrolet Parkwood, I have to wonder why that is. The lines of the full-size Chevrolet strike through even with the station wagon greenhouse…and on this car, we really do mean greenhouse. Tubbed out back, looking near restoration perfect with just a few custom touches (besides the obvious Mickey Thompson tires), The Chevy looks like an excellent adaptation of mid to late 1990s Pro Street. The 468ci Rat is there, the engineering is there, but you still have a strong original theme to the car. There is no tweed interior, for example. If this was purely stock, one might be able to understand why the buying public walked away from station wagons. But looking at this one, it would be a struggle to not want to get one yourself.