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- Dec 22, 2002
A little trip down memory lane for many of us.
I first learned to drive on the Taurus then when dad threw it away we got a full size economy van. I drove that van for the rest of the time I lived at moms and dads. When I moved to school my folks helped me get a little Sentra. That felt so wrong driving after the big van, but as a college student other bills suddenly become more important then what you drive.have now, and I learned to drive in full size wagons
Lol, I took my test in a station wagon also. Not as big and a little later in life. First time ever driving it. Not fun.The 1976 Chevy Impala Wagon was, if I remember correctly, the second largest station wagon made. And that is the monster I had to use for my driving test. Shockingly, I even passed the parallel parking portion, though only just. I went from driving that to a wee 2-door 1980 Toyota Corolla. Such a relief!!
That Impala and the prior 1972 Pontiac Lemans T-37 were the great ruiners of family vacations through the 70's and early 80's. Even the prior 60's VW buses and Beetle were better than those horrible, horrible Chevy's. Ugh!
I’ve ridden in one of those. It is the polar opposite of a 76 Chevy Impala. lol But this reminded me of an odd feature of that Impala. It had a forward facing rear seat. So most of the fun of a station wagon, from a childhood perspective, was removed. boo-hissRear facing back seat: Zundapp Janus 1958 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zündapp_Janus
I was thinking of this comment yesterday as I was followed by a stunningly good looking Buick while I was out for an errand. I was envious. I mean, I'd not have pictured myself in a Buick, but that? Oh, yeah! I would drive that. That had me start searcing for more information.Neat little history, but he should have touched on the real last US wagons. While the big ones ended with the Roadmaster, and the little Taurus hung on until 2005, Dodge rolled out the Magnum from 2005-2008, and Cadillac had the CTS wagon from 2010 to 2014 I think.