Cool Wagons - or Trendy Estate Cars

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Martin's recent blog tale about his MkIII Zephyr Estate, and a chance encounter with a rare Singer at the weekend prompted me to dig around for the coolest wagon, or at least the more unusual finds with a back door (and no vans).

Here's a few I came up with, but let's have yours too.

Chris M.

I'll start with my old Crayford converted S-Class Mercedes, now sold.

or an old Ford Galaxie I had back in the seventies - sorry about the flaky scan of an original Instamatic snap.

a more recent Galaxie spotted - but without the fake wood......

and a fully restored Falcon Woodie from the same period;

or if Chevys are more your thing, how about a '59 Parkwood?

or a '56 Nomad?

but of course you could fit a Mini Countryman inside either of those;

or for real rarity, when was the last time you saw a Singer Gazelle Estate, the chance encounter that prompted this thread.........

 

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Well yes, I own up, the Singer is really a Hillman Minx with a bit of walnut thrown in, and the '59 Chevy looks like a scale model of the USS Enterprise with a DIY conservatory added on the back, but I was hoping this might at least prompt a reply from Mr Buckley, a photo of the departed Humber for starters, but more importantly the latest Range Rover deserves amention.

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Those venetian blinds in the back of the Falcon are great! Far better than the nasty dark tinted back windows all new cars seem to come with these days.

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Oooo...

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Almost perfect. A bit more Jag and a bit less Morris Minor and it would have worked. I know it would need more tin-bashing skills, but if the dip in the roof was smoothed out and then tapered down a couple of degrees, and the back doors inclined a bit more I think it may have passed as a factory job.

Still want one though!

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1965 DB5 Shooting brake Aston.

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Nice Aston there, and coicidentally Bonhams have a DBS Estate by FLM Panelcraft up for auction next week, but in a way it sort of spoils the fun of a cool wagon if it cost half a mill'. I mean you can't take the dogs down the beach in it can you?

Anyway, at the other extreme is the old Model T Woodie. This is similar to the one I am restoring, (but I'll give the whitewalls a miss).

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Another nice old American posing in the brochure art is the 1960 Mercury wagon.

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plastic penguin wrote:

1965 DB5 Shooting brake Aston.

I never knew James Bond had a dog...

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Diplomat wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:

1965 DB5 Shooting brake Aston.

I never knew James Bond had a dog...

He hasn't - but Miss Moneypenny had a constant smile on her face.

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Those guys I referred to in a thread about old ads - Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman - were good at stretching perspectives and did a great job on this early sixties Pontiac Safari ad. (Note the glamorous blonde in the pool is smoking!)

but I prefer the idea of a Rolls Royce 'Woodie' myself.

Chris M.