Vintage Snapshots: Station Wagons In The 1960s

This post is pretty much a follow-up to a previous entry highlighting station wagons from the 1950s. As I explained on that occasion, I’ve done quite a few vintage image posts featuring station wagons and family groups, but this time we’re mostly highlighting the wagons themselves. Not that folk are completely missing, as a few do appear. But that’s all part of the fun, ain’t it?

The lede photo features a ’67 Ford Country Sedan. Somewhere in the back, you’ll also notice an earlier white Falcon wagon parked in a driveway. For the few who don’t know, Ford was the powerhouse in the station wagon business back then, something this photo seems to support.

1960 Dodge Dart, Pioneer Series Station Wagon. For 1960 Dodge had two lines of wagons on the Dart line, the Seneca and the Pioneer. In the case of the Pioneer, 6-passenger and 9-passenger configurations were available.

1960 Ford 4-door Ranch Wagon. In 1960 Ford built 43,872 of these 4-door Ranch Wagons, the lowest trim of Dearborn’s wagons. There was also a 2-door Ranch Wagon, that moved 27K units in the same year.

1961 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon. The fanciest of the bowtie’s wagons for ’61, basically carrying the Impala trim, Chevrolet’s top model at the time. It was available in 6 and 9-passenger versions.

1960 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon, Mercury’s fanciest wagon offering.

1962 Rambler Classic Wagon. AMC had a pretty decent production of wagons for ’62, and in the classic range, these Customs moved about 59K units between the 6 and 8-passenger versions. This was a year where Classics came solely equipped with 6 cyl. engines.

1962 Chevrolet Biscayne Station Wagon. The lowest trim of Chevrolet’s full-sizers for that year.

1963 Ford Country Squire. For ’63, the lowly Ranch models were no more, and it was Country Sedans and the Di-noc’d Country Squires. The Country Squires came in either 6 or 9 passenger versions, and between the two options about 39K units were sold in ’63.

1964 Pontiac Tempest Wagon. This one has some minor damage and is missing the marque’s distinctive beak (Gasp!). A bit hard to tell from the image, but this one seems to be carrying Pontiac’s 326CID V-8 badge on the fender.

1965 Plymouth Fury III Station Wagon. Once again, it’s hard to tell from this distance, but the trim seems to be that of a Fury III. If so, it’s one of about 18K built for ’65.

1965 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. The second year for the model after having arrived in ’64, and it was gaining in numbers, with about 31K units built.

1965 Rambler Classic Cross Country and the trim seems to belong to a 660 model. If so, it’s one of 32K built for that year.

1966 Ford Country Sedan. The Ranch had returned for ’65, but all of Ford’s wagons were 4-doors regardless. When it came to the Country Sedan, there were about 91K units sold in ’66.

1967 Ford Country Sedan. About 85K Country Sedan units found buyers in ’67.

1968 Plymouth Sport Satellite, in either 6 or 9 passenger versions.

1969 Ford LTD Country Squire. The LTD had been an astounding success for Ford, and it was time the formula reached their wagon range. For ’68, the LTD Country Squire appeared as Ford’s top wagon trim. It found an eager audience, and in ’69 128K units sold.