The Short History of U.S. Hardtop Station Wagons
Rich Truesdell

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Being a fan of the traditional rear-wheel-drive station wagon, the once staple of postwar American suburban driveways, I always love it when examples of the original crossover sport utility vehicle appear in Vintage Truck magazine. And, like me, many baby boomers all seem to have fond memories of facing the cars behind them—un-belted and from a rear-facing third seat. There’s one small sector of the station wagon genre that is often overlooked, and that is the pillarless, hardtop station wagon. … Read the rest of the story…

Mercury Trucks Dare to Be Different
Rich Truesdell

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As you continue to read this blog and become more familiar with it, you will find that I’m always looking for the unusual. I’m currently digging deep into the history of short-lived pillar-less hardtop station wagons for another publication. Did you know they were only built from 1956 to 1964? Can you name the first? The last? Last year, when covering the 2013 Fabulous Fords Forever show, I encountered something that I had heard of but had never seen—a Mercury … Read the rest of the story…