FIVE STATION WAGONS FROM 1960
1960’s parade of station wagons
Here are various classic advertisements and brochure images of different station wagons from 1960’s.
1960 Buick Le Sabre
Created on the B-body platform, Buick released several renamed and redesigned vehicles in 1960. This Buick Lesabre shared its design with mid-level Invicta and the top model Electra. This station wagon was powered by 364 cu in V-8 with 250hp and it was paired with either 2-speed automatic or 3-speed manual transmission.
Chevy decided to retain the futuristic fins from the space age of the late 1950’s.
In 1960s, Chevy offered their new full-size models with toned-down styling influence from 1959. The Nomad 4-Door 6 passenger was the leading luxury station wagon of Chevrolet. Its design was shared with other station wagons including the Kingswood 4-door 9 passenger, Brookwood 2-door 6 passenger, Brookwood 4-door 6 passenger and Parkwood 4-door 6 passenger.
Just like Chevrolet, Chrysler also hangs on to rear fins.
The Chrysler New Yorker has been released in 1940 and it was the longest running American nameplate. This car was available until 1996.
In 1960, the sixth generation Chrysler New Yorker was built with unibody chassis and it was powered by 413 cu in V-8 that can produce 350hp. The 1960 models also received major redesign in its body, especially on its grille.
This 5-door rear-wheel drive station wagon was called Dodge Seneca. It was powered by 224 cu in V8 with an advertised power of 140hp with 215 lb-ft of torque. It is running on a 122 in wheelbase and it was released in 1960 along with Pioneer and Phoenix.
After the discontinuation of Dodge Coronet and Lancer models, Dodge introduced two new models for 1960. The Dodge Matador served as the company’s full-sized base trim vehicle while the Dodge Polara was the full-sized premium model.
Along with other station wagons on the list, the Dodge Matador’s design was also influenced by the late ‘50s futuristic designs. Although its design was trimmed down, the rear fins are still evident. The reason why they shortened the rear fins was to give the “jet pods” a longer design. On the front fascia, a small aluminum grille was used to give space to its massive chrome front bumpers.
All of the station wagons by Dodge in 1960s are running on a 122 in wheelbase. All models of Dodge Matador in 1960 was powered by “Super Red Ram” 361 cu in V-8 and this engine was advertised with 295hp. Dodge Matador was available in 4 different body styles and it is available in either 3-speed manual or 2-speed PowerFlite auto transmission.
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