Monday, April 9, 2012

HIGH-PERFORMANCE STATION WAGONS: WAY COOL!

Big-engined and custom-bodied station wagons, both in the U.S. and Europe, have always had a unique appeal to enthusiasts and collectors.
Four-wheeled beasts of burden, known as station wagons in the U.S. and Estates and Shooting Brakes in the U.K and Europe, have become very collectible. Many are bespoke bodied and quite pricy, while others are simply low volume production vehicles. One of the best examples of a low-volume production vehicle is Chevrolet’s 1955-1957 Nomad, ('57 Nomad, above & below, Woodstock, VT). They bridged the gap between sexy two-door sport sedan and traditional and highly functional four-door station wagon.
Since the 1920s in Europe, custom body-builders have converted Rolls-Royce sedans and later Aston Martin, Ferrari and other exotics, into very slick two and four door wagons. Many were designed for picnics at polo matches as well as hunting excursions. Some were designed and executed just to be unique and turn heads. All commanded premium prices.

Our good friend on the Left Coast, Mike Gulett, blogs about some of these unique vehicles, http://mycarquest.com/2012/04/station-wagons-estate-cars-and-shooting-brakes.html




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