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Are wagons cool?

Posted in Buick, Chevrolet, Dodge, Domestic Rides, General, Rides by MrAngry | August 16th, 2013 | 4 Responses |

Caprice Wagon

They’re big, somewhat boxy, and on rare occasions, sporty. I speak of course about our old friend, the station wagon. Over the past 6 years I’ve owned two wagons, and honestly, I’ve loved them both. My first was a 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. This was a 168 mph bread box with 425 hp/ 425 lb.ft of torque and Brembo brakes. It was fast and super comfy, but unfortunately didn’t really have that much space. My current box is a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice wagon with the ever popular lounge chair seating and a grossly underpowered 5.7-liter V8. It does however seat 8 and with the seats down, will hold a 4×8 sheet plywood. I love this thing and truly enjoy the driving experience. However even though I think it’s cool with its big fuselage shape, no one else seems to.

Manufacturers nowadays are calling their new wagons “shooting brakes”, a name that doesn’t really resonate here in the United States. Maybe it’s to make them appear trendy, or perhaps they’re trying to find a new market. Whatever the case though I’m not sure a simple name change will bring the “cool” back to these road beasts. Whatcha’ all think – are, and or can wagons be cool, or are we kidding ourselves about these old school road going relics.

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4 Responses

  1. KC says:

    Yes they are cool.

  2. Sarge says:

    Think about it, some of what’s on the road are really ‘station wagons’! Look at some of the hatchbacks, the crossovers etc. and tell me it aint so…
    I’ve owned some myself and a little customizing here and there (dropped, bigger wheels and tires, paint scheme, exhaust) were really cool.

  3. KC says:

    In fact I’ve dreamed about that exact setup with an ls2 from a 2001ish Z06 with coilovers all around. (=

  4. rildo says:

    rwd wagon > fwd minivan. any questions?