The station wagon is a rare thing nowadays. In the new car ranks, the SUV has rendered the wagon almost obsolete. But even at classic car shows, it’s not easy to find these longroofed cars that once populated driveways all over the continent.
A major reason why wagons have disappeared is that they got used up. Prior to the musclecar investment craze of the 1980s, few people thought about preserving any car, let alone something as mundane as a station wagon. The family car was meant to be used, and they were. Shopping trips, ferrying kids back and forth, the family’s cross-country drive to Walley World, most of these miles were racked up in a station wagon, with it’s ample seating and cargo space. And when the odometer had turned enough miles, it was almost a guarantee that wagon’s next stop was the scrapper.
But, once again, at a car show as large as the Fleetwood Country Cruize In, there’s always a chance you’ll find something somewhat rare. So it was in June 2016 when I found this 1969 Plymouth Satellite wagon perched above the walkway I’d stopped to rest on. It was complete, and bore the look of a survivor. If you look closely, you can see the paint has its share of chips and the ‘Satellite’ badge is missing its ‘te’. Back in the day, it was likely an average family taxi, nothing too fancy or flashy. The black steel rims with trim rings give it a little bit of a sleeper hot rod look now.
Once again shot with my Nikon D3200, 18-55 Nikon lens, at ƒ/5.6, 1/125 sec exposure and ISO 160. There is some image manipulation done in Photoshop and Topaz Adjust. The original image is below.