Movie fans and car fans alike will be jamming their way to the front of the stage for the Mecum Auction in Monterey, California in August for their chance to bid on this 1975 Pontiac Safari, owned by John Wayne and modified by Barris Kustoms. The Duke liked Pontiac wagons for daily-driver and family duties, and goes against what most people expected, like the 1966 IH Travelall that he nicknamed “The War Wagon”.
The wagon, the last of Wayne’s cars to be sold into private hands, is a 455-powered 9-passenger that had the options book thrown at it, including the exceedingly rare adjustable pedals. From purchase, it was shipped to Barris Kustoms for a roof extension, the third one that Barris did for Wayne. Why a roof extension? The Duke wanted his hat to fit when he sat in the car. Seriously, that’s it. This is the third and final wagon, following a ’70 Pontiac that had murals and steer horns, and a green Pontiac that was stock save for the roof cap. Luckily, this ’75 only got the cap and badge treatment as well.
Early predictions for the wagon fall into the $60,000-$70,000 range, but with the history and the celebrity associated to the car, it’s really anyone’s guess as to what the hammer price will be.
Click the link to see the auction listing for John Wayne’s 1975 Pontiac wagon: Mecum Link