Hooniverse Asks: What wagon do you want to buy?

I’m not asking if you want one, I’m asking which one you want to buy. If you already have one, I’m sure there are others you’d like. The lovely longroof is a wonderful vehicle and I hope to see more of them on the road. That’s not going to happen but I can dream, right? So why don’t we share some we would love to own.

I found a Craigslist ad for a nice Falcon wagon the other day. In fact, I’m going to post that ad here later this morning. That’s a nice option as they usually sell for oddly fair prices in this era of stupid cost. One of my dream wagons though is an old Nissan Gloria from Japan. It looks like a wonderful scaled-down Country Sedan and I love it. A tuned-up JDM engine or a Ford 302 would be a magical combination on a ride like that.

Those are my two choices for this morning. What wagon do you want to buy?

25 Comments

  1. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for the BMW 5 series wagon, pretty much any generation (same with Mercedes 300 wagons). I saw them all over Cape Cod growing up in the 80s and 90s. But really, I’d be very happy with a 2012-2014 Acura TSX wagon. Give me a European Accord.

    1. One of my first big press trips was for that car. Still would love to own one as well. Before we bought our CX-5, we went and looked at a lightly used one.

    2. I looked into these the last time we were car hunting. They were incredibly expensive when new here, almost priced like a Mercedes. By now, Honda is basically dead in Norway – doesn’t show up in the top 20 brands – offering no EV apart from the lovely, but also ridiculously overpriced e.

      If you want to browse the 27 🤪 Accord wagons available here:

      https://www.finn.no/car/used/search.html?body_type=4&model=1.771.1087&sort=PUBLISHED_DESC

  2. Really, I’m a wagon slut. I’d take nearly any wagon. 1988 Taurus? Sure! Volvo 240? Absolutely! 1967 Nova? Yes, please!

    Long roofs are cool no matter what year, make or model.

    I’d really, really pressed, what is the one I would buy if the right example dropped in front of me? Any Ford Fox platform wagon. Fairmont, Zephyr, LTD, Cougar, whatever. I had a Fairmont long ago with a 351W and would like another V8 smallish wagon.

    1. Then again, there’s something quite delicious about putting suicide doors on a hearse. If I have to have four doors on my wagon, my hat’s off to this 1948 Cadillac A.J. Miller Landau Hearse. (It’s listed on top classic cars for sale dot com, but there’s no date on the post.)

  3. I know of one reliable sighting of an Austin Allegro estate in Bremerton, WA, but haven’t been able to track it down beyond that. Yet.

  4. Sensible answer is that I need something with an automatic for my wife, a Golf wagon with the 2.5 would be a servicable enough car for relatively little money, but it doesn’t seem to get any reaction from her.

    More importantly, a W204 C63 AMG wagon is just about legal to import to Canada. I can’t drop $40k+ on a car (especially a toy), but that I *could* excites me.

  5. Unpopular opinion here, but I pretty much hate wagons – ‘cept this Little Red one

    1. This opinion is allowed even when it’s wrong, especially when you substitute cool answers.

  6. Pie-in-the-sky answer would be a CTS-V with three pedals.

    More kinda-realistic answer is that there’s an extra B-body in the driveway, and I’d like to follow the full bolt-on+nitrous recipe.

    1. Roadmaster all day long. My Brother-in-law use to have one in Tokyo of all places. I have never seen one in Western Australia where I live but a whale with LT1 torque would be my dream sled.

  7. I know we’re supposed to all go mad for brown manual wagons, but I barely need a hatchback, never mind a wagon. I’d quite like a 69 Chevrolet Kingswood, especially this one: https://www.mecum.com/lots/CH1007-60147/1969-chevrolet-kingswood-station-wagon/

    https://www.1969chevy.com/uploads/1/4/0/3/140348712/published/takeoff.jpg

    It’d never fit on my driveway without maybe knocking a garden wall, and forget about getting it in the Garage. How big is that Gloria again? *gets out measuring tape*

  8. That list would be close to endless for me…but at the very top, something I might desire forever, but never actually own:

  9. already had mine – a 99 V70 T5, manual, with all the bolt-ons. great car, in its special way. i don’t think i miss it but i’m glad i had it.

    a late-60s Volvo Amazon was on my list for a while until i test drove one and realized it’s a really old car. i just don’t think i’d feel especially safe daily driving one. took a long time for that to sink in but i’m happy knowing that. someday when i win the lottery i’ll have one in my 15-car garage, every panel a different color as in Sjalabais’ recent piece.

  10. I’ve been a wagon nerd my whole life, so there are quite a few parked in my mind’s garage (and a few actually parked outside). Say, a 1963 Plymouth Valiant, with a 273 V8, dual exhaust and a four speed stick? I’m generally a sucker for just about any 1950’s two-door model. The 1960 Edsel Villager is pretty weird, and pretty rare. And a Volvo 1800ES would be very nice, indeed.

  11. As a European, basically any US fullsize longroof from the late 60s onwards. If I had to be more reasonable, but staying with the classics, I’d probably go with a post 1966 Peugot 404

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