Prior to America’s infatuation with turbocharged, AWD, pseudo-hatchbacks-on-stilts we know as crossovers, we were a nation of wagons. The Ford Country Squire, Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, and Pontiac Safari are just a few of the now-extinct, body-on-frame family haulers that roamed the streets and filled garages end to end. However, you needn't look longingly to the past, as this oh-so-fresh 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon could be just the ticket to relive the station wagon glory days.
GM launched the new B-body Caprice for 1991, with updated blob-like styling and standard ABS, earning it Motor Trend's sometimes-contentious Car of the Year Award. But more importantly, it became one of the last places U.S. buyers could get a full-size, RWD station wagon, and held out until the platform’s minivan-induced demise in 1996.
This particular example is reported to have only 93,500 miles, not bad for a vehicle that’s been in service just shy of three decades. Beyond the limited mileage, this great white wagon has had only two owners. Features include an awesomely-Nineties teal side graphic, plush burgundy cloth seats, cassette player, cruise control, and a 170-horsepower, 305-cubic-inch V-8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The seller also reports that the Caprice Classic’s low-stress life in the northwestern United States has resulted in absolutely zero body rust—unlike the thousands of B-bodies that lived their lives in the rust belt , where the salt levels on winter roads rival the sodium content of McDonald’s french fries.
With the word out and values increasing on Buick Roadmaster Estates, now might be the time to enter the growing wagon craze. It would appear that the Chevrolet and Oldsmobile counterparts haven’t seen as much movement within the market, but that doesn’t mean a sudden increase can’t happen soon. Plus, is there a modern crossover that seats nine, has a two-position tailgate, and oozes 1990s cool? Not surprisingly, none come to mind.