Car: Chevrolet Kingswood Estate Station Wagon
What makes it special: The Kingswood was a 4-door station wagon produced by Chevrolet in 1959 and 1960, built on the GM A Body platform, and again from 1969 to 1972 built on the GM B Body platform. General Motors discontinued the Chevrolet Kingswood wagon nameplate after only two years. The Kingswood name returned for the 1969 model year, based on the Impala, and was available only with a V8. It slotted above the Chevrolet Townsman, a Caprice-based Kingswood Estate model was added at the top of the range with exterior woodgrain paneling.
What made it famous: Throughout this period, the Kingswood was available in both two- and three-seat models; a power rear window was initially standard equipment for the latter and optional for the former. Buyers could choose from a full-range of small and big-block V8’s, all the way up to the same basic 396 V8 that powered muscle coupes like the Chevelle. a few 427-equipped wagons were built, and some ’70-’71 wagons were equipped with the 454 V8, with dual-exhaust and a posi-traction rear.
Why I would want one: Wagon’s have gained popularity over the last few years, either for nostalgia purposes, surfer-customs and even have joined the ranks of street-rod material.
Fun fact: By the 1972 and final model year, the wheelbase had grown to a huge 125.1 inches.
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