A Family Affair: Station Wagons


Even though the Wagons have rolled on, we still have new exhibits joining us all the time!

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.

“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 summer issue!

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Here’s a list of the vehicles on the floor:

1948 Bentley Mark VI Radford Countryman
1952 Nash Rambler
1953 Mercury Monterey
1955 Powell Sport wagon
1958 Edsel Villager
1959 Ford Country Sedan wagon
1961 Willys Wagon
1962 Corvair Monza 900
1962 Stageway Chevrolet, Milton Hershey School vehicle
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
1963 Chevrolet Impala
1964 Dodge Custom 880
1968 Mercury Commuter wagon
1970 VW Squareback
1971 AMC Hornet Sportabout
1972 Volvo P1800ES
1974 Chevrolet Vega Kammback
1979 Volvo 265
1980 Ford Pinto Rallye wagon
1981 Renault 18i
1984 Dodge Caravan
1986 Jeep Grand Wagoner
1987 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Wagon


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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.

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Link to recent Hemmings articles on this project:


Argument for preserving an old car – Hemmings:


Remembering the Wagons courtesy of Milton Hershey School