Sensational Station Wagons Roll In to America’s Car Museum

Ford Ranchwagon.
Station wagons are an American automobile icon and a symbol of the family road trip.

 

Submitted by America’s Car Museum

Ford Ranchwagon.
Station wagons are an American automobile icon and a symbol of the family road trip.

Who can forget the Griswold’s infamous green and wood-paneled Wagon Queen Family Truckster in “National Lampoon’s Vacation?”  Or the tricked-out Ectomobile in the “Ghostbusters” movie? Baby boomers across the country wanted to call shotgun and ride with The Brady Bunch in their Plymouth Satellite.

Station wagons — an American automobile icon and a symbol of the family road trip. There are few vehicles that conjure up the delight of the family vacation as the great American station wagon. A collection of the sleekest, shiniest, top-of-the-line wagons will make their debut at America’s Car Museum (ACM) on March 27.

“Those too young to have experienced the wagon family road trip will get a captivating look at what life was like in the 50s and 60s,” said David Madeira, president and CEO of ACM. “And those with memories riding in these gems will experience a trip down memory lane.”

The vintage station wagon display will be featured as part of the Museum’s Route 66 gallery which opened to great acclaim last May.

Route 66 is a road so quintessentially American that it has become a permanent part of our cultural memory: Route 66, the Mother Road, the Main Street of America. People around the world recognize Route 66 as a symbol of space, freedom, abundance and the thrill of the unexpected: everything great about the U.S.A.

Whether reliving a memorable road trip or planning to embark on a new adventure, there is no better way to experience the great American road trip than in a vintage wagon on the Mother Road.

Featured vehicles include:

1949

Buick

Super Estate Wagon

1950

Oldsmobile

Futuramic 88 Station Wagon

1954

Chevrolet

Bel Air Station Wagon

1956

Chevrolet

Bel Air Nomad Wagon

1956

Ford

Ranchwagon

1957

Chevrolet

Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon

1957

Buick

Special Riviera 49D Estate Wagon

1966

Ford

Country Squire Station Wagon

1968

Chevrolet

Impala Station Wagon

1983

Mercury

Colony Park Series Wagon

America’s Car Museum (ACM), named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle and KING 5’s 2014 Best Museum in Western Washington, is an international destination where families and enthusiasts gather to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile and how it shaped our society. The stunning, four-level, 165,000-sq.-ft. Tacoma, Wash., facility features 12 rotating exhibits, five annual Signature Events and serves as an educational center, hosting students of all ages. For more information on ACM, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.

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