By on December 26, 2010

The Denver self-service wrecking yard a few miles from my house had a section packed with a few dozen examples of vintage Detroit iron, plus a few MGs. I say had because they just crushed everything. Fortunately, they did so to make room for a new crop of American machinery from the 1950s and 1960s, including this Mopar wagon.

It’s a Family Truckster!

It’s a Grosses Wagon!

It’s a beater, but we can still recognize its 1960s Cheap Chrysler Glory in the red interior.

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28 Comments on “1964 Plymouth Savoy Grosses Wagon Has Made Its Last Wally World Run...”

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    I miss cars with cloth headliners and the chrome support ribs that held them up.

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      Roberto Esponja

      I don’t think that’s cloth…my mom had a 1976 Dodge Coronet wagon whose headliner looked just like that, and it was perforated cardboard painted in white…looked fine when it was in good condition, but then the car got wet inside and that stupid cardboard sagged…we had to rip it most of it out and discard it, and were left with a rusting, unpainted headliner.  Not something that endeared me to Dodge at the time.

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    Felis Concolor

    The grille looks to have everything there; I have seen far worse hammered back into shape. The taillight lenses are in excellent condition; normally you’d need to recolor stuff that old to get that particular hue. Considering its local purchase I’m guessing it spent a lot of time in a garage for at least its first couple of decades; Colorado’s UV tends to quickly savage the interiors and exteriors of vehicles parked outdoors.

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    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    For some reason, more than others Murilee has posted, this car cries out to me to rise from the ashes.

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    That ’64 Plymouth brings back memories of my Dad’s early 70s Dodge Coronet 440 station wagon in which I rode as a young child, as it shares many similar design elements and parts.  There’s something nostalgically American about those big old station wagons from the 60s and 70s.  They were unashamedly “family” cars that were socially acceptable for men to drive (unlike the minivans of today). The instrument panel of the ’64 Plymouth pictured actually looks modern (for the times) with the push button transmission and heater controls and appealing with its symmetrical layout.  Considering the contrast between the visible screws on the dashboard and A-pillars and today’s cars’ fastenerless snap-together trim pieces, it’s clear more labor was required to assemble cars in the past than today.

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    Although it’s the right make/model, it’s six years too new. The car that the famous Wagon Queen Family Truckster was based upon in the story (not the movie) was actually a 1958 Plymouth Sport Suburban Six.

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    It has the old 318 poly head engine. Cool, but I’d drop in a big block if it were mine.

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    Possesses a patina beloved by Antiques Road Show.
    Kinda’ akin to me.
    Ugly Old Coot skin now known as “patina.”

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    The Savoy wagon has race car written all over it.

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    Cries out for a Max Wedge

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    What are those chrome wing thingies in the back for? I’ve seen those on 70’s Buick wagons too.

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    Roberto, the wagons used headliners similar to what 70’s vans used, which was actually better than cloth in a wagon. Because the headliner could get bumped by loading or unloading cargo, or by kids climbing or jumping over the seats.
    You would have had to saturated it with water to make it come apart.  Look at the one in this wagon, it’s still there after almost 50 years.

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    Better yet show me a gm product from the 70’s-80’s with the headliner still intact.

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    My dad bought one of these in the spring of ’67. Tan in color with a slant six. A gutless wonder, but it could hold himself, mom and all eight (!) kids. Always wondered what those wings on the back were for, now I know (thanks, DenverMike! I do believe it recovered exhaust quite nicely, but being regularly placed in the aft of the car I think it may have stunted my growth).

    The car was in pristine condition when he bought it but, thanks to the annual winter salt baths on the roads of New Brunswick, Canada, was a complete rust bucket when he gave it to his dad four years later in favor of a ’67 Dodge Polara 500.

    Gramps patched the disintegrating panels and drove the car for an additional two years (including a trip across Canada and back) before giving it the proverbial bullet-behind-the-ear. Born in ’64, junked in ’73. In an age where cars typically lasted 13 years or so in non-salted environments this was considered acceptable.

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    Those chrome wings were found on all types of ford, gm and chrysler wagons. They supposedly kept the rear window clean, and kept exhaust fumes from coming in the back when the window was down. I believe they were parts store aftermarket parts, if i’m not mistaken. It’s possible that some dealers offered them as accessories.
    In later years wagons could be factory ordered with the long spoiler type wing that went across the entire top of the rear window directly behind the luggage rack.
    We had wagons when I was growing up, with five kids in the family. First one was a 62 chevy with a 283 and powerglide, the next was a 68 chevelle with the 307/glide, and the one after was a 75 LTD.
    My dad was frugal and never got A/C so we always rode with the rear window down during the summer, and none of them ever had exhaust fumes come inside, but none of them had those chrome wings either. My dad thought they were tacky looking.

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    Stream of consciousness here, but this car appears lean and muscular in an era when the opposite was true.  And I was always strangely repelled by the “embossed” circles on the pedals of Chrysler products.
    It also resembles rather strongly a ’64 Malibu in the front…

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    I remember these wagons in white popular at the drags as the extra weight put them in a lower class than the sedans and consequently, more competitive.  Is that a 1966 Ford Ranchero in background? Probably even more rare than the wagon.

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    Hard to believe someone didn’t flip this. Even the front end has value/

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    True confessions:  I am a sucker for a white car with bright red interior.  Even moreso if it has pushbuttons!

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    Ah, memories. My grandparents had a ’64 Fury sedan in that same shade of beige when I was a kid.

    I can still remember the cool pushbutton transmission selector, as well as the Pep Boys clear plastic seat covers with little bumps on them (which I HATED on a hot day), and of course, the tartan plaid sandbag ashtray on the dash brimming with butts. For some reason, they wanted to keep the seats and and in-dash ashtray pristine, even though the entire car stunk of stale cigarette smoke.

    I don’t know what size V8 was under the hood, but do remember first becoming aware of the distinctive sound of a Mopar starter cranking the engine.

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      I’d say there’s about an 80% chance that it was a 318 2-barrel like the one in the car shown.
      …and speaking of smoker cars, I bought a 57 Plymouth sedan that had been owned by a chain smoker, and the first two times I cleaned the interior surfaces the water came away brown instead of gray. Ech!

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    Jerry Sutherland

    Wagons are far too rare at car shows but when one does show up, it’s typically surrounded by a group of people with their own family truckster experiences.
    Here’s a guy who fell on the grenade to prevent his wagon from going on a future date with Mr. Crusher.

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    Hey, no fair teasing like that! Which yard is this?

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    My various friends and acquaintances who’ve undertaken the herculean task of restoring a 62-65 b-body would weep at the thought of this getting crushed.  Parts availability for these is pretty bad.
    BTW, you can get a multi-carb intake from Offy (I think) for the 318 poly that looks pretty cool.

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    Nick, you’re right on the offy manifold. A buddy of mine has a 63 sport fury, and instead of going with a wedge like everyone else he stuck with the poly. It has the offy manifold with two edelbrock carbs. It looks cool with the dual carbs, chromed stock valve covers and chrysler red engine paint. The engine runs smooth and makes for a nice cruiser.
    It is a shame seeing this car being junked. I am in the process of buying a 62 polara wagon. I have a 413 from and 65 new yorker that will be dropped in, with a nice mild cam, carb and manifold.

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