In 1949, General Motors gave us the two-door hardtop. Six years later, it rolled out the four-door hardtop and the hardtop wagon. Indeed, GM was first with the two-door Chevrolet Nomad and Pontiac Safari, but the me-too brigade came out with four-door hardtop wagons with a bit more utility. Read the full article on Hagerty.com:
Great looking cars in the article. Hardtop models didn't always age well as far as sealing up well and keeping wind noise down vs. the same model with door pillars. But as a new car the look is hard to beat.
In the salt belt you had another issue once the rust got into your rockers and the center stub post (on the 4 door models) became a floppy thing of misaligned doors and body shake. 4-door hardtops didn't rebuild well from getting t-boned either, but then not a lot of cars are ever right after getting t-boned anyways.
Wagons have a special place in my heart. My parents never owned one, but everyone else in my neighborhood did, and I road in all of the at one time or another. These are fantastic representatives. Love them all.
I never knew that Ford (or their Mercury division) had built a 2 door wagon, as had GM with the Nomad and Safari. Love the look of the Buick Caballero. Interesting how the magazine ad illustrations for the Chrysler and Dodge wagons distort the cars' proportions, making them appear longer/lower. Today, that sort of thing would get you sued for false advertising.
Loved my first car: 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon. 2 doors and perfect for 2-tone paint job. I won many country road drag races until sucking a valve. I went easier on it after the rebuild.