A Family Affair: Station Wagons


May 23 – October 12, 2015


Who is up for a summer Roadtrip! Remember the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation? How about Carol Brady’s Plymouth Satellite wagon from The Brady Bunch? Do you have fond memories as a kid of riding in the back of the Vista Cruiser with a picnic cooler on the way to a family outing? If you do, you’re not alone. We at the AACA Museum do, and are celebrating those days before minivans, SUVs and soccer moms, before GPS units replaced paper road maps and in-car entertainment systems replaced ‘spot the license plate’ games and such.

Call them station wagons, suburbans, depot hacks, or shooting breaks, the origin of these utility vehicles became prevalent in the teens and twenties, but became very popular in the Post War periods of the 1950s and 60s. As America developed into a two-car family, the station wagon became the workhorse, taking the kids to school and summer camp, hauling the dog to the vets and transporting groceries.

Debuting in May 2015, “A Family Affair” will showcase both familiar and lesser known examples of station wagons and the impact they had on family life.

We would like to thank our supporting sponsor b magazine. Be sure to watch for their article on this exhibit in the May issue!

bmag vector logo outlines teal

Here’s a list of vehicles confirmed for this exhibit to date:

1928 Chrysler
1948 Bentley Mark VI
1952 Nash Rambler
1953 Mercury
1957 Chevrolet Wagon
1958 Edsel Villager
1959 Ford Country Sedan wagon
1961 Willys Wagon
1962 Corvair
1962 Corvair
1962 Chevrolet Impala

1962 Stageway Chevrolet Station Wagon Coach
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1968 Mercury Commuter wagon
1970 VW Squareback
1971 AMC Hornet Sportabout
1972 Oldsmobile Vista cruiser
1972 Volvo P1800ES
1974 Vega
1980 Ford Pinto Rallye wagon
1984 Dodge Caravan
1985 Peugeot
1986 Jeep Grand Wagoner
1987 Cadillac Wagon

Powell Sport wagon
Renault 18i

VW Squareback 1928 Chrysler rear 1980 Ford Pinto Rallye

The AACA Museum received a recent donation of a 1962 Stageway Chevrolet Station Wagon Coach formally a Milton Hershey School vehicle used to transport students in the 1960s and 1970s.    We’re excited to share this piece of local history as part of this exhibit.

Chevy_Wagon_1962_black_and_white reducedsizeLearn more on this vehicle>>

Donate to this Restoration Project>>


Link to recent Hemmings articles on this project:


Argument for preserving an old car – Hemmings:


Remembering the Wagons courtesy of Milton Hershey School

The 20th Annual AACA Museum CARnival Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 20th!   We’re excited to have a featured area for Station Wagons right out front during this event.   Be sure to join us for a fun day!

CARnival WEB_021015Learn More About this Event>

Register your Vehicle to Participate>