Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday – Three Affordable Wagons: So Which One Will You Use to Tow Your British Car Home?

Continuing on with British Week Wagon Wednesday, and let’s say you found a classic British Car in need of some restoration, and you have to tow it home, what are you going to do? You have three options:
1) You could call a tow truck, and if it less than 100 miles to your home, you could use AAA.
2) You could call a friend who owns one of those gigantic Ford, Ram, or Chevrolet Pickup Trucks with a trailer.
3) You could purchase a classically beautiful American Wood Paneled Wagon with trailer to tow your prize home.
Each has their advantages, but a classically beautiful British hulk deserves more than being thrown on a Tow Truck, or being manhandled by a bruising pickup truck. No, your rotting British Piece-O-Crap deserves to be towed home with some grace only befitting a lady in waiting, equally at home in the countryside, while still being able to run when it rains. Like one of these Affordable, and American Estates.

I want to start off with this 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate Wagon. According to the listing:

Owned, loved, and maintained by one responsible, older couple, this Caprice Estate wagon is truly a grand example of the station wagon most people remember from their past. Purchased from E-Z Davies Chevrolet in Redwood City, California, and operated in the Portola Valley in beautiful California, you can rest assured this car is rust free and in solid shape. The wagon for being 23 years old is in great shape. All of the power options function properly, the air conditioning cools nicely, brakes, tires, belts and hoses are all in good shape. The Oldsmobile 307 purrs smoothly at 123,000 miles and the ride quality is just outstanding. The transmission shifts smoothly. The interior is clean, odor free, and spacious. 

The fender over the wheel opening on the front left side has some fading and the right rear lower quarter panel has a small dent. The rear bumper is slightly out of adjustment as well. The windshield has a small rock chip that has been sealed already. This car has been thoroughly inspected for safety and operation by a local repair facility and will come with a California Smog certificate if sold in California. Recent work done includes a new catalytic converter, new egr valve, new oxygen sensor, vacuum lines replaced, and a carburetor adjustment. This car comes with a custom high quality car cover as well.

A True California Survivor, and offered at $4,000. See the Hemmings Listing here.

To counter this West Coast Chevy, I want to point out a nearly identical one located on the East Coast. This is also a 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate Wagon, this time finished in Blue. Other than location, this Caprice is almost identical to the White one, but I will let the dealer do the description:

LOADED 59K one owner miles runs and drives excellent. This car is rust free. The interior is in good shape and everything works. 

Optional Accessories: AM/FM, Air Conditioning, Cassette, Cloth, Cruise Control, Limited Slip Rear, Power Brakes, Power Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Tilt Wheel, Tinted Windows, Towing Package.

With less than 60,000 miles, this car has an asking price that is only $4,995! See the Hemmings Listing here.

Our last car is considerably older than these two Chevys, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t tow your Prized British Classic home. It is a 1974 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon, with only 26,640 miles on the clock. According to the listing:

1974 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon. 440 Auto, Cruise, Tilt, P/S, Power Disc Brakes, A/C, Power Windows, Power Seats etc.etc. Car Has 3 Fender Tags. Has window sticker, build sheet, dealer invoice etc. Everything works. 

This car was on display at Owls Head Museum and that’s where it came from. This is a super clean car, inside and out. Rust Free. Black paint with wood grain sides. New inspection sticker and temporary plates are available. Drive anywhere.

With a Malaise Era 440, this Queen of the highways can tow your piece of British Royalty anywhere, and the asking price is only $7,495. See the Hemmings Listing here.
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Mixed in with the Lead Image is a Hapless Triumph TR7. That image is from James TwoRow’s Flickr Set.

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  1. LTDScott Avatar

    Having driven my ex's '89 Caprice Classic with a 305 multiple times, I can say the only thing I'd feel comfortable towing with either of the Chevys is air.

    1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      I know, I'm late to the party, but why were they so bad to tow with?

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        Just gutless. I was driving the Caprice I had to gun it from a stop sign at a side street to merge onto the main drag and I was shocked at how slow it was. I was used to driving my mostly stock '85 LTD LX with 170-ish HP at the time, and the Chev's unexpected slowness almost got me rear ended by an Expedition, heh.

  2. tonyola Avatar

    The Chrysler would do the job nicely but it's just too thirsty, porky, and floaty for non-towing duties. That leaves one of the two Chevies. I'd take the white one because of the attractive color scheme and it's cheaper. But I'd take a Panther Marquis wagon over both.

  3. Mr_Biggles Avatar

    Wouldn't the claimed towing package on the blue one have included a hitch?
    Regardless, I chose one of the cool rides in the background of the pictures of the blue one.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Yeah, but the hitch is the easiest part of the tow package to remove, particularly right after a non-towing owner has slammed a shin into it one too many times, so it may still be a legitimate claim.
      As for the stuff in the background, my preference would be the white AMC AMX with the green door.

      1. Mr_Biggles Avatar

        Had my eye on that one too. And I would leave it exactly as shown, green door and all.

    2. OA5599 Avatar

      Probably not. Back then, most towing packages included beefed-up springs, shocks, brakes, cooling, and perhaps a performance axle–essentially options a hotrodder might choose even though he had no intention to tow. The hitch itself would be dealer installed. That way, the package could be priced more enticingly, and when the car arrived without a hitch, the buyer could be upsold if he really wanted to tow.

  4. muthalovin Avatar

    I was going to take the Town & Country, until the option of using the Range to bring my shitbox, er, British car home.
    So, what would choose to tow my Range home with?
    Also, I am thoroughly enjoying Jim's posts this week. I like the passive aggressive 'tude toward the Redcoats.

  5. njhoon Avatar

    I went with the blue one as it is only a days drive from me. If the white one was closer I would have went that way. That Chrysler is my least favorite of all of the Chrysler line.

  6. mdharrell Avatar

    Choose among these four? Well, it's a bit larger and more overpowered than what I'm used to, but I suppose I could tow with the TR7. That doesn't seem to be an option in the poll, though….

  7. skitter Avatar

    Just pack a suitcase along with the tools, because a TR7 should be more comfortable than the doghouse.

  8. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Meh. Given this motley crew, I'm sure my box of tools can get that TR7 up and running. Hell, it's only about 2,000 miles back to my place.

  9. RichardKopf Avatar

    Where's the option for all three?

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Pulling a pair of trailers in tandem is legal in several places, but a lashup of three wagons and a British car will probably just get you pulled over.
      Except in Australia.
      <img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1116/1059490080_f4d1712e9b.jpg&quot; width="400">

  10. big daddy keynes Avatar
    big daddy keynes

    i prefer to store a second british car in the panel gaps of my british car, that way if i break down i can pull the spare out of a panel gap and thanks to the dimension bending build quality issues of british cars i simply put the broken down one inside a panel gap of the spare then simply drive home in style

  11. Black Steelies Avatar

    Oh wow I missed that woodgrain on the Chrysler until closer inspection. Sneaky one, that. Must be a rich walnut vinyl veneer.
    All of these wagons miss the mark IMO. The late 305's are a bit anemic and feel overloaded even when the wagon is bare bones empty. The Chrysler may do with its 440/727 combo and integrated hitch but not quite my style. No, you would have to go pre-emissions and find a Buick Sportwagon or Olds Vista Cruiser with torquey 350 or 455. I heard of a man towing with his Vista and it was more than adequate.

  12. topdeadcentre Avatar

    The Town & Country pushes all the right buttons with me. Only a few things won't fit in the back, and for those things that don't, just pop on a hitch ball. If I bought it, I'd feel a sudden need to own an Airstream trailer…

  13. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    It's just a TR7 – I'm pretty sure my existing wagon would be up to the task (provided I could keep it boosting).

  14. austinminiman Avatar

    Well, I already own a Range Rover, a 1990, but that Chrysler is sweet even though I'm not normally of the Mopar persuasion. Speaking of, did it sell already?

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