1964 Ford Country Squire: White w/red interior (similar to the below-ad).
My mother owned it from 1966 to 1971. It was the car that I had my earliest of memories of.
1969 Mercury Colony Park:
My father's was Medium Green w/black interior (no vinyl roof, unlike above-picture). He actually owned two of them, same color. One had the 390, the other a 429. He bought one then swapped it for the other (390 for 429) about a week later. It had the rear dual-facing seats, A/C, factory AM/8-track stereo. He towed his 25-foot tri-moran sailboat with this beast. He owned it from 1971 to late 1974. New England salt air (and water) started rotting out the rear-quarter panels.
1974 Ford Pinto Squire wagon:
My father's was dark blue and had the manual-transmission, of course.
Major culture shock of a transition from the Colony Park (I missed the old big wagon). Due to financial problems, my father earlier sold his boat (eliminating the need for a towing vehicle) and downsized to a one-year old left-over wagon since he was doing a lot of driving. Gas prices did jump to a whopping 65 to 70 cents per gallon from 35 to 40 cents per gallon 1 1/2 years earlier. He owned it from late 1974 to 1977.
1969 Ford Country Squire:
Ours was dark green, almost black in appearance, (the one pictured above is more the color of my father's Colony Park): Originally this car belonged to a former neighbor of ours. It sat in their driveway for about 2 years. Orignally, my brother bought it for a tinker around vehicle (he did not yet have his license). The car had the 390. Later, my father bought it off my brother (the wagon was driveable) and used it for a while. It would burn a fair amount of oil. My brother dubbed the car as The Pig
due to its gas consumption. My family had it from 1978 to 1979. We did use it on a family trip to Maine. The wagon did have some body rot.
That was it in terms of wagons used for family transportation in my family, although there are some other notable
station wagons my brother & father owned during the '80s when we were all still living under one roof.
1971 Ford Country Squire:
My brother had a yellow one briefly in 1982. It had the 390. I remember one snowy night, we were at a deserted Stop-n-Shop parking lot doing donuts with the thing.
1972 Ford Pinto wagon:
My father's 2nd Pinto wagon for my father was dark brown (NOT the Squire).
After having problems with his '72 BWW Bavaria (long story), he needed some cheap (& more dependable) transportation. He bought this wagon for $300 in 1983 and had it for about a year. I learned to drive a manual transmission with this car.
1975 Chevy Impala wagon:
My brother bought a light green one of these wagons and used it as a dump-runner
in 1987. He had it for about a year. It was equipped with the 350.
Since being married since 1994, my brother has kept station wagon ownership alive in the family.
1986 Pontiac Safari: (grainy picture shown is an '88 model)
My brother's maroon wagon had the rear-seat. He owned it for about 3 years ('94-'97). Believe it or not; it was briefly stolen. Who steals station wagons?
It was recovered about a week later with some damage. Somebody must have wanted a large capacity joy-ride vehicle for a while.
1986 Mercury Colony Park LS
Around 1996, my brother bought a dark blue model w/the leather interior; and passed the Pontiac over to his wife. He owned it from '96 to '99 when he sold it to a friend of his, who, I believe, still owns it. It probably has over 200k on it.
1988 Ford Country Squire LX
My brother picked up a medium blue wagon (w/the velour interior)about a year after he picked up the '86 Merc. The earlier-mentioned '86 Pontiac was either sold or junked. His wife usually drove this one. It had the dual-facing rear-seats. He owned it until 2002.
1983 Chevy Caprice Estate wagon:
When the '86 Merc. was let go, my brother bought a one on of these. He dubbed it Gertrude
. It had the third seat. He picked it up in '99 and just recently sold it for a quick $275. The car had over 300k on it. This was the last full-size wagon my brother owned.
1995 Frod Taurus LX
After living a few years in Sturbridge, MA
(they lived in Worcester when they first married for a few years); my brother's wife was doing a lot of driving and the earlier big wegon's gas comsumption was taking a bite in the family budget. As a result, my brother bought a medium blue one of these (w/the 3rd jump-seat) in 2002. They still own it to the day. It may be the last station wagon in my brother's family.
[Edited 2005-06-01 00:12:50]
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981