I’ve been pointing out for years that the long decline of sedans and station wagons at the hands of SUVs and trucks goes way back, right to the 1950s. The world was changing; it was the rise of individualism, affluence, independence, cool, safety, and a renewed interest in the outdoors, real or imagined. A vehicle with as few limitations as possible for the unfettered expression of freedom. And no vehicle defines the rise of the non-sedan better the Jeep Wagoneer. It arrived in 1962, right on cue when these qualities were about to explode in the sixties. And the trend has never stopped; everyone wants to be “a very special individual”. And for them, here’s the vehicle, or all of its endless imitators and successors.
(Note: some of the model years might be off some)