Black Oil & Night Soil: Grocery Greatness

When I was a kid, we had a 1971 Ford Country Squire wagon.  It was white, with wood panel sides and a cloudless, blue sky interior. I remember Battlestar Galactica combat in the rear facing seat, huffing exhaust fumes, and sweating from the greenhouse effect of being surrounded by glass and sunlight.  Regardless of its toxic environment, for my brothers and I, it was the action wagon, and our home away from home on vacations, and day trips to visit relatives, or shop at malls.  New York winters are not easy on any car, so after a number of years, the fake wood peeled off, and the doors never drained water when it rained, so they sloshed.  That of course, was until the rust took it over.  Ten years later, everything seemed to drain just fine, including coolant, all lubricants, and my old man’s bank account, from work, done poorly, at Dom’s Sonoco repair station.  In the year of 1981, we laid our Country Squire to rest at Dykman’s scrap yard and my folks purchased a new, root beer brown Honda Civic.
Today, in honor, I decided to do a wagon search, and Sweet Baby Jesus are there a lot of meaty grocery grabbers out there. I must have come up with three times the amount that I had hoped to post. Each and everyone of these suburban steamers are pre-1980, move under their own power and have enough cargo area to toss a grip of kids, or surfboards in the back and go.
Get into it !


  • Tidal waves of wood up the doors and fenders.Buick Sport Wagon
  • Coronet 500’s 383 engine is gonna get you to market, and part some rubber on command.Dodge Coronet 500 Wagon
  • Two year only Conestoga’s got some pepper under the hood.1955 Studebaker Wagon
  • Mountains of green. 1970 Pontiac Catalina Ventura
  • 1963 Newport wagon is sporting enough open window to have a horse climb in.1963 Chrysler Newport Wagon
  • 1973 AMC Ambassador  – Woodgrain speedometer means you’ve got game.1973 AMC Ambassador Wagon
  • 1971 Coronet wagon is set to drag all your surf buddies to the waters edge. 1971 Dodge Coronet Wagon
  • 1964 Chrysler Town & Country means that every drive is a vacation.1964 Chrysler Town & Country
  • Let the sun in with Vista Cruiser.1965 Oldsmobile F85 Vista Cruiser Wagon
  • Next stop – Pearly Gates. 1974 Pontiac Lemans Wagon
  • 1967 Polara comes with a 3 speed on the floor, police lighting and the toughest tail lights in the business. 1967 Dodge Polara Wagon
  • 1950 Crosley Super has an engine smaller than its battery. Stay thrifty.1950 Crosley Super Wagon
  • Cross Country comes with new threads and transmission. 1958 Rambler Cross Country Wagon


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6 responses to “Black Oil & Night Soil: Grocery Greatness”

    1. cap'n fast Avatar
      cap’n fast


    2. Vairship Avatar

      Wow, that’s beautiful. The “tailgate” doesn’t open, but all 4 doors do. There even seems to have been some proper engineering thought gone into assuring structural reinforcement to make up for the removal of the roof by adding a box section behind the rear seat. That further restricts access to the trunk, but at least gives confidence the thing won’t be so floppy it’ll fall apart after being driven for a few years. And the price (while high for my wallet) is definitely not outrageous for the amount of work done and the condition.

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    Rims are important, people. When your rims cost as much as a used car, and don’t look nearly as good as the steelies on that Poncho LeMans Safari, you’re doing it wrong.
    Considering some of these are pushing $20,000 asking prices, I’ll take the refurbed Vista Cruiser for $7K, and stare at it until the image of that fugly Studebeker fades to black.

    1. JayP Avatar

      Negotiating point. They hold air?
      That car needs some Torque Thrusts.
      Hell, they ALL need Torque Thrusts!!!

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