1964 Plymouth Savoy Grosses Wagon Has Made Its Last Wally World Run

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
1964 plymouth savoy grosses wagon has made its last wally world run

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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  • Nick Nick on Dec 30, 2010

    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.

  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Dec 31, 2010

    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.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂