The first S/W (also car) that I actually remember in my life was my mother's '64 Ford Country Squire: white with a red interior. I remember riding in this wagon out to Kelly's along Revere Beach many times. My family owned it from 1966 to 1971. Other station wagons owned by either my parents or my older brother include the following:
2-1969 Mercury Colony Parks:
My father bought them both in 1971, for some reason he swapped 1 - medium green 69 model for another; the only difference between the two might've been the engine. The second one had the 429 as opposed to the 390 on the first one. He needed the large engine because he was towing a 25-foot tri-moran boat at the time. This car rode like a dream. It also had the dual-facing rear seats. Sadly, he traded it for a 1974 Pinto wagon in late '74; it was a left-over model. Talk about a culture-shock transition-wise. Due to financial issues a year earlier, he sold the tri-moran; which he made by hand over a period of 5 years.
1974 Ford Pinto Squire:
As I mentioned earlier, this was a drastic change for the family. The rear seat was a bit of a tight fit for my brother and I; and we were 11 and 8 years old respectively and skinny. My father owned this wagon from 1974 to 1977.
1969 Ford Country Squire:
At about 15 to 16 years old, my brother originally bought this wagon from a former neighbor of ours; we moved away from them a year earlier. While he did not yet have his license at the time my father allowed him to buy the car to tinker with mechanically. My brother previously bought a ratty-looking 67 Impala SS
convertible for $65 in the summer of '77. He sold it about a year later. Back to the wagon, what ultimately happened with it was that my father later wound up buying it from my brother and it became one of the family vehicles for a while. The wagon had a 390 and it frequently smoked oil. My brother referred to the car as 'the pig' due to its gas consumption. We had the car from 1978 to 1979. This was the last large station wagon that any of my parents would own.
1971 Ford Country Squire:
My brother briefly had this one in 1982-83. It also had a 390 in it. On snowy night, My brother and I rode out to a snow-covered parking lot and did some donuts.
1972 Ford Pinto wagon:
My father bought this car in 1983 for about $300. I first learned to drive a manual transmission on this car. He only had it for about a year. This was the last station wagon car-type my father owned.
1975 Chevy Impala wagon:
Lime-green color. My brother bought this primarily as a 'dump-runner' vehicle in 1987. My brother and I were cutting down a lot of trees in our yard back then.
1986 Pontiac Safari wagon:
Dark maroon. My brother bought this wagon a few months before he married in late 1993. Believe it or not, someone actually stole this wagon one night in 1995 while he and his wife were asleep. Who steals station wagons?
The wagon was recovered a few days later. Fortunately, it was still in one-piece. Somebody must've taken it for a joyride.
1986 Mercury Colony Park:
Dark blue, LS
model w/leather trim & seats. My brother bought wagon for his wife in 1995; about one year after he married. He sold it to a friend of his about 3 years later. This one was equipped with the dual-facing rear seats.
1988 Ford Country Squire:
My brother purchased this wagon was purchased in 1998. His wife used this wagon and he used the above-mentioned 86 Merc. for a brief period until he replaced it with a 83 Caprice Estate which he still owns today. My brother's wife drove the 88 Ford from '98 to 2002. I believe this wagon also had the dual-facing rear seats.
1983 Chevy Caprice Estate wagon:
My brother refers to this car as 'Gertrude'. He bought it in to replace the '86 Merc. in 1998. It had the optional rear-facing seat. He still owns it today but his wife's oldest daughter uses the car mostly now.
1995 Ford Taurus:
This car replaced the above '88 Squire in my brother's family in 2002. My brother misses the old Ford. Unfortunately, there weren't too many newer GM
B-body wagons for sale that he could afford at the time and the amount of driving that his wife was doing made his consider fuel economy a little more in the purchase. My brother's family owns this car to this day.
At some point, their current Taurus wagon will have to be replaced with another vehicle of similar type within the next year or two. A car-based station wagon best suits their needs; but the only newer (97-later) affordable mid-size or larger
models available are the Taurus/Sable; the Saturn L-series wagon's a bit too small. Many SUVs and minivans out there, both new and used, are priced out of his range. The price of many European wagons fall in the forgetaboutit category.
I personally would wish that Ford and/or Mercury would bring back a wagon version of their Crown Vic./Grand Marquis especially since the platform that the 79-91 models were based off of is still around today!
Somebody else must feel the same way, see the below-web-link and scroll down to 'Concept Wagons' section. There, you will see a 'modified' profile shot of a 98 Ford Country Squire. Not to nit-pick here but it's actually a Crown Vic. wagon, a Country Squire would have the simulated woodgrain trim.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981