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* Comprehensive guide to station wagon manufacturers and models built from
* Deeply researched history reveals many little known facts
* Unique and rare models included
* Factory photos, advertisements and original brochure images
* Models produced for Canadian and American markets
* Engine and other detail photos
* Production data
ï¿½ 100 pictures, including approximately 50 high quality colour photographs of restored examples
ï¿½ Index allows for quick access to specific makes and models
Examines the important quarter century period when the American station wagon was a family standard and status symbol of a successful suburban lifestyle. With 100 images backed by detailed captions and descriptive text, this book details the multitude of makes and models, as well as recounting the essential role of the classic American station wagon in North American society in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
American Station Wagons - The Golden Era 1950-1975 examines an important quarter century of this versatile vehicle, a time when it evolved into a practical, yet sometimes luxurious family transporter or business vehicle. This volume covers the histories of the major, minor and obscure station wagon manufacturers and models.
While makes such as Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Plymouth dominated the US market, important roles were played by Oldsmobile, Buick, Mercury, and Chrysler in making the car more than mere basic transportation or a reliable workhorse. At the same time, makes such as Studebaker, Kaiser, Nash and AMC, etc. competed for a slice of this burgeoning postwar market, and were responsible for novel innovations in design.
Contemporary brochures, period literature, factory photos and over fifty new, unpublished colour photos of restored examples help convey the importance of these historic vehicles. Also featured are images of rarer Canadian versions from American manufacturers.
"If you're thinking about buying an American estate then this book is a good place to begin your research. Good fun." -Classic & Sports Car
"Its 96 colourful pages are packed with photos - some of them taken especially for the book - and vintage ads from the author's own collection." - blogs.canoe.ca
"Welcome to the pre-downsizing world of some seriously big motor cars, all packed into a concise volume of just under 100 pages." - Classic Cars
"Great ads and brochure reprints made us want a '587 Packard Clipper wagon ï¿½ 'A new ages of functional elegance arrives!' ï¿½ and it's fascinating to see the change in ad styles over the decades. Inexpensive too." ï¿½ Octane
"These quirky little softbacks are something of a pocket-sized breath of fresh air." ï¿½ American Car
"With some potted history of each decade's developments and lengthy detailed captions, this is a treasure trove of mostly contemporary photos of wagons and woodies, plus reproductions of some wonderful brochure material. There's a lot to enjoy." -NZ Classic Car