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Wagon Wednesday: 1977 Polski Fiat 125p Kombi 4×4 Prototype

Kamil Kaluski August 27, 2014 Wagon Wednesday

Fiat 125p kombi 4x4 front

The problem with Eastern Bloc cars was not the lack of creativity or the skill of the their designers but rather political red tape. There were no budgets, no tooling, no R&D, no nothing. The engineers were told by clueless politicians to do this and that, and that was it. That didn’t stop those engineers from being creative and make lemonade from the rotten lemons that they had. While there were not many exciting new production vehicles, Poland’s FSO did have a few interesting prototypes, such as the above pictured 4×4 wagon.

FSO was making the Polski Fiat 125p kombi (wagon). Somehow, some way, the Warsaw factory managed to get a new Soviet Lada Niva, or at least parts thereof. Being that the Niva is based on a Fiat chassis, bolting up Niva’s 4×4 drivetrain was something that was probably rather simple. The end result was this awesome 4×4 wagon, an AMC Eagle-like creature. To say that I love this would be an understatement. Hit the jump for more pics.

All images came from Facebook’s Eastern Bloc cars group. Make to check it out and join.

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Beater Benz wagon for sale
Priced right, but the right buy?

mercedes motoring beater w123 300td

If, like me, you have a bit of a love affair with all things Mercedes-Benz, then you’ve no doubt heard of Mercedes Motoring. Owner JG Francis has an obsession with classic Benz sedans, coupes, and wagons, and he scours the land looking for just the right ones to restore and sell.

His machines are perfect. That’s why he can command the prices he asks… and gets.

Still, he must come across a handful of beater Benzinos, right? The answer is, of course, yes. Now, one of those cars is up for sale. It’s a 1980 300TD with an oil leak, a coolant leak, non-functioning A/C, transmission issues, and paint problems. Still, this is a desirable car that commands sometimes surprising sums. Mercedes Motoring is merely asking $2,500 for this fine steed.

What say you, dear Reader: Fine price for a beater Benz wagon or walk away before you punch your wallet in the face?

[Source: MercedesMotoring]

Craigslist: 2002 Audi S6 Avant

2002 audi s6 avant

Around here, we all love fun/fast/interesting wagons: we have the project Wombat, Tim’s now sold Ford Country Sedan, my own old E39 525i, and a handful of others that I am forgetting. We are split on some German wagons, however, mostly because of the great pricey unknown that comes with them. Bradley, who owns a C4 S6 would say that it is one of the best vehicles he has ever owned, but his other car is an old Porsche Boxster, so he may be biased… and he may enjoy pain. After owning six BMWs I’ll be ok if I never own one again. 

Today’s Wagon Wednesday Craigslist find is a 2002 Audi S6 Avant. The thought of twelve year old German wagon with an unnecessarily complex 40- valve DOHC engine, automatic transmission, and AWD system will have some people cringing and other grinning – which one are you?

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Wagon Wednesday – Ford Falcon Futura in San Francisco


Walking from the Wharf towards the Transamerica Pyramid, I instantly noticed this Falcon Futura on Greenwich Street, right next to La Trappe Cafe, a place to get some Trappist beer if that’s what you’re looking for in San Francisco. The sun-baked, faded red Falcon wagon looked perfect in the midday sun, and I was quick to snap a few photos.

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Owner of a Previously Featured Chevy 210 Gasser Wagon Weighs In

As a matter of administrative procedure (and low-level narcissism), most of us here love to click back through our old posts just to re-read what we wrote and check out any late-arriving comments. All too often we find weird “what is final price? still available?????” messages from people not getting that we’re just linking to others’ ads, but sometimes something interesting pops. Case in point: the current owner of this Chevy Wagon Gasser we featured way back in 2010 weighed in with an update. (Sorry it took me 9 months to post the pictures, Bill).

In short, he knew what he was getting into with the massive project it was, and he’s been slowly chugging away on it, turning it the beast it deserves to be. Hit the jump for pictures and a project udpate…

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Wagon Wednesday – Zombie Ford Falcon Surf Wagon


When I first saw this zombie-fied surf wagon at a quick glance, I thought it was a Corvair. I made a quick turn around and pulled into the empty lot next to the car wash and found in front of me a first generation Ford Falcon station wagon and this particular one looks to be waiting to be saved. It was spotted recently on the side of A1A in St Augustine Beach, Florida. … Continue Reading

Wagon Wednesday: Volkswagen Passat W8 Wagon


I was out perusing Craigslist again (when will I learn?), and stumbled upon quite the rarity: a manual-transmission-equipped Passat W8 wagon. For the longest time, I was convinced that these were a myth, a Teutonic creature created to strike awe and fear into our hearts. Well, my heart may not fear it, but my wallet sure does. 

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Wagon Wednesday: 1990 Ford Country Squire

1990 Ford Country Squire front left

Have you ever of heard of SpeedyCop? Yes, of course you have, one of his creations tied for the 2013 Hooniversal Car of the Year, the most prestigious award in the automotive industry. If you’re still clueless as to who/what SpeedyCop is, then there is no hope for you.

Sometime ago Mr. SpeedyCop decided to build a National Lampoon’s Wagon Queen Family Truckster as a 24 Hours of Lemons racer. This is why he obtained the pictured wagon. But even a ruthless cop has moments of weakness, and when it came to butchering this youngtimer and sending to racing hell where it would spend the rest of its life swapping paint and genuine-ish wood-ish paneling with other crapcans, the good cop said “No!”  

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Craigslist: 1995 BMW 540iT 6-speed

E34 wagon

Many many years ago, in the good old days, BMW was selling very interesting types of vehicles in the the U.S. called Tourings, more commonly known as station wagons. The idea behind those vehicles was simple; take a sedan and add an enclosure over the trunk, fourth roof pillar, side windows, and a tailgate. This worked brilliantly both in theory and in practice – a sport wagon would have the agility and comfort of a sport sedan with the added functionality of a small van. Win-win, right?

Unfortunately, history will show that these brilliant vehicles did not find much love in the new world. The reasons were many, but none were truly objective. Proper European station wagons, the rear-wheel-drive ones, with a proper manual transmission, are now gone from the U.S. market. Thankfully there is Hooniverse, which each week reminds you of the wagon’s glory days.

It is refreshing to know that BMW currently still offers a station wagon in the 3-series line, and by some miracle is it even offered in a diesel flavor. Unfortunately, U.S. buyers are limited to steering-feel robbing all-wheel-drive models with automatic transmission that are matched to two different under-powered four-cylinder engines. Still, if you want a new BMW wagon you can have one, which is nice.

[Source: Denver Craigslist | Thanks for the tip, Ssurfer321!]

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And a 428 in Every Driveway!

1967 Mercury Colony Park for saleYou know what’s expensive? An Ecoboost®-equipped Ford Flex®. You’re almost halfway to six figures by the time you spec out a new one. Given their wagon-y lines, mediocre fuel economy and lack of room compared to a minivan, it’s not hard to see why they’re slow sellers. Still, more people should buy them, complete with the good motor. Why? Because it’s The One With The Good Motor that’s always worth buying, owning and fixing as the decades march on. Perhaps that’s why my early-80s eyes see a lot more potential for awesome in classic wagons than my dad does. Most longroofs you’ll find on eBay or Craigslist today are v8 equipped, and the full-sizers aren’t hard to find with big blocks. However when new, these muscle wagons were the exception. Most puttered about with straight sixes or bottom-spec V8s and lousy transmissions, and that’s what Baby Boomers remember.

1967 Mercury Colony Park1967 Mercury Colony Park rear1967 Mercury Colony Park 428

Today’s example is the Ecoboost of its day: a Mercury Colony Park with a 428 “Super Marauder” (awesome name) V8. It’s got power everything, typical California-desiccated paint and…well, that’s all we can learn from the ad. Given the half-open hood, wheel blocks and adjacent project Mustang in the pictures, the condition’s probably not top-notch. Luckily the seller only wants “$4″ for it!

1967 Mercury Colony Park for sale – SF Bay Craigslist



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