Welcome to another Wagon Wednesday on the newly expanded Hooniverse. To celebrate, I thought I would bring back a feature that hasn’t been done in at least a few weeks, and that is a Showdown. So for Wagon Wednesday, I combed through the classified section of Americas Favorite Collector Car Publication, Hemmings. Using the Keyword “Wagon” I was able to find four 1960s wagons with not only visual appeal, but with a relatively affordable price tag as well. So, let me introduce you to a 1963 Chevrolet Impala Wagon, A 1964 Rambler American 330 Wagon, A 1966 AMC Ambassador 990 Wagon, and a 1968 Ford Fairlane Wagon. Which one would you choose?
Let’s start with the 1963 Impala Wagon. If you recall, I highlighted a wonderful 1964 Impala Wagon for the last Wagon Wednesday Feature, and while some of you liked it, a few didn’t because of the base engine, original brakes, and the fact that the 64 looked rather cheap for what it was. Well, here is a 1963 Impala which some consider a better looking version during this period. This car also has a 327 CID V-8, and the brake booster has been updated. The car is an original Factory A/C car with most of the A/C components missing, which is rather odd. The 1963 14″ Rims are also missing, replaced with 15″ Rims, and 57 Chrysler Wheelcovers.
This is advertised as a real California Car with minimal rust. Well, minimal in the way of having the lower edge of each door fixed with Bondo, and a small rust hole on the driver side front fender. The paint is at least 20 years old, and failing, and just to add to the negative side of the equation, it has a Powerglide. However, the seller claims that a lot of work has been done to the car including front disc brakes, CPP front and rear sway bar, Edelbrock performer carb and intake, Mallory Pro-Billet HEI iginition, new heater core and radiator, new starter, new alternator, rebuilt steering gearbox, rebuilt posi differential, and a new set of tires.
Asking price for this Chevy is $8,500 firm. For the work that has been done, not bad. For the work that needs to be done, I’m not so sure. See the Hemmings listing here.
Here is a nice 1964 Rambler American Wagon that is equipped with one of the last flathead engines you could buy in a production car. This rather antique engine was equipped with one of the most advanced automatics for the time period, a Borg Warner 3-speed automatic. AMC offered 3-speed automatics, while most of GM and Ford offered 2-speed automatics during this time period. Anyway, the car only shows 72,000 miles on the odometer and a lot of work has been done to the car to get it ready for sale.
They seller states that there is no major issues but will require work eventually. Engine smokes a bit when it’s cold but all those old flatheads did. Transmission leaks a bit when it sits but a shifter seal will fix that. Driver’s seat has a hole but the rest is good and looks presentable enough. You know, the little things that drive you nuts.
Asking price for this little American living in Edmonton is $3,500, which isn’t really too bad for a fully functioning 60s compact that needs a little work. See the Hemmings listing here.
Next up in another AMC product, a 1966 Ambassador 990 Wagon. This particular car is finished in an Aqua and White two tone, with a matching interior. Unlike many quaint AMC cars of the 60s, this car is not equipped with a six, but with a 327 CID V-8, which should perk your interest. This car also comes with Factory Air Conditioning, a Factory AM FM Radio, A Working Electric Clock, as well as Power Steering and Brakes (A Dual Circuit Unit I might ad).
The car shows 68,000 miles, and also boasts a set of shiny American Racing Wheels, which I think look like crap. There isn’t much else I can criticize about this car except for the asking price, which is $13,900. See the Hemmings listing here.
Our last wagon is this 1968 Ford Fairlane Wagon that shows off its non-factory white/blue two-tone paint job nicely. It has a blindingly white interior, which can be a bitch to keep clean (Ask me how I know!), but it does come with factory A/C. There isn’t much to go on by the listing, since the sellers refused to say even one thing about this car, so we will have to make educated guesses.
It looks like it has a 289 CID V-8 under the hood, and a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic shifted by the column. The Dog-Dish hubcaps look authentic, but those tires have to be turned inside-out. The seats, dash-pad, and door panels look great. As I said, no other information is attainable with the ad, so the mileage is up for debate. The asking price seems like its OK at $8,950, but the mileage and condition will dictate the actual value. See the Hemmings listing here.