This article gives me a vague, melancholic sense of having won an argument — just too late. One difference of opinion I had over and over with a close friend whose heart gave out a few years ago at the ripe old age of 54 was about wagons. He was a child of 1960s big-city suburbia, and to him, wagons were dowdy family haulers, nothing more. As for me, I have loved and lost many wagons, even some of the high-priced exceptions mentioned in this article, including three Volvos, a 145, a 240, and an 850 GLT, a Saab 9-5, and a 1969 Chrysler Town and Country, to name my faves, as well as my parents’ 1969 Corolla wagon, later Malibus (‘76 and ‘81), a huge late-1970s Mercury Colony Park — and my grandfather’s gorgeous 1985 Mercedes 300TD and his very last car, a manual turbo 1991 Audi 200 Quattro Avant (wagon), one of 150 ever sold in the US (his was red). They must be worth lots more than an Audi 200 sedan! I just love wagons, I guess. Always have.
As the wagon scene grew in the 2010s, esp. on the west coast, I fed my buddy magazine pieces and price charts showing how wagons were finally getting their day in the sun — but he refused to be impressed. Guy was a very skilled driver and he loved his GTI. Maybe if it had come as a wagon…? Rust in peace, old friend.
Let us not forget the GM wagons of the Mid 90's. The Buick Roadmaster with an LT1 has a serious cult following. Oldsmobile Custom Cruisers were a two year only deal and the rarest are the `96 Caprice wagons with only 485 built that year. I have owned all three and when put up for sale, buyers came from all over the country. Great cars!
To quote Hagerty;
"Interest in Buick Roadmaster wagons has seen a major uptick of late, and while these cars were a favorite of the geriatric set when new, today’s buyers are often younger Gen Xers. The Roadmaster wagon even made the Hagerty Bull Market List for 2019. Buyers today much prefer the LT1 engine, which is found in all of the later-series Buicks and some of the later-series Chevys. The Oldsmobiles and some of the Chevrolets have cleaner, non-woodgrain flanks, although replacement kits are now available to redo fake timber that has faded.
These wagons are tunable, including with parts made for the contemporary ’94–’96 Impala SS, so the original dynamics can be improved. Generally, these bloated cruisers are mechanically simple, robust, and long-lived. Truly, these last of the old-style station wagons are a great way to experience road-tripping, old-school style."
The Buick Regal TourX wagon is a GREAT car in all respects. I own a 2019 and like it MUCH more than my previous SUVs. My first car was a 1960 Chevy wagon and I've also owned Audis, VWs, Subarus and Opel wagons--which, BTW, was the German maker of the TourX. The TourX handles great on our mountain roads and gets an honest 35 mpg on the highway. Too bad it never got the recognition it deserved while it was sold in the USA. Great styling (like Mercedes wagons) and the 2.0 Turbo is a sweet little engine!