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Back to the 50's 2021—50 of the Wickedest Wagons We Witnessed

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 7/26/2021 Tim Bernsau,Wes Allison
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Station wagon street rods were big at the MSRA's huge summer show.

Hot rodding lets us relive the past. We do that every time we drive or work on our cars. And we do that every time we go to Back to the 50's. The Minnesota Street Rod Association's huge early summer car show in St. Paul takes us on a trip to a decade we miss (or missed) in a nostalgic way that fits how we want to remember it.

One of the differences between the actual '50s and our nostalgic version is how we thought about station wagons. In the actual '50s, wagons were popular, but only as practical family transportation, not as raw material for a cool rod or restoration. Back then, the words "cool" and "wagon" rarely ended up in the same sentence, and if you wanted to see a bunch of wagons in one place, you didn't go to a car show, you went to a supermarket parking lot. That changed a few years ago, after enthusiasts started seeing wagons with new eyes. Somehow the passing of time had turned wagons cool. It started with woodies, then Nomads and Pontiac Safaris. Today, rodders are finding coolness in every kind of wagon.

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Back to the 50's provided plenty of evidence to prove our point. Here's a sample of some of the wagons that showed up in 2021.

Should Your Next Rod Be a Wagon?

Wagons have been catching the attention of street rodders for quite a few years, so prices aren't as low as they used to be, but wagons are still a relatively low-budget option compared to many other cars from the same era. You won't find Tri-Five Chevys for cheap, but check eBay, Craigslist, and auctions sites for alternatives like Impalas, Fairlanes and Falcons, Dodge Darts, Olds Fiestas, Buick Invictas, and others for sale under $10,000.

MORE BACK TO THE 50'S COVERAGE:

Back to the 50's 2021—75 Cool Early '60s Cars

Back to the 50's 2021—Rusty Rat Rods And Survivors

Back to the 50's 2021—Tri-Five Chevys Galore

Back to the 50's 2021—Hot Rod Trucks

Back to the 50's 2021—Sunday Swap Meet!

Back to the 50's 2021 - Saturday Was the Biggest Day at MSRA's Massive Street Rod Show

Back to the 50's 2021 - Opening Day At Minnesota's 10,000 - Car Street Rod Show

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