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Vintage American station wagons

Motoring Research Logo By John Moroney of Motoring Research | Slide 1 of 25: Long before the automobile, horse-drawn wagons were sent to pick up guests and their baggage at the train station, hence “station wagon.” Having the means to accommodate several visitors and owning a special vehicle to ferry them back and forth indicated a certain genteel social standing. The guests might very well be summering at a country estate or spending a season at the plantation. The English had “estate wagons,” used by the landed gentry for the same purpose. Hunting parties used “shooting brakes,” wagons used to carry the hunters and guns, and perhaps dogs and game.

Vintage American station wagons

Long before the automobile, horse-drawn wagons were sent to pick up guests and their baggage at the train station, hence “station wagon.” Having the means to accommodate several visitors and owning a special vehicle to ferry them back and forth indicated a certain genteel social standing. The guests might very well be summering at a country estate or spending a season at the plantation. The English had “estate wagons,” used by the landed gentry for the same purpose. Hunting parties used “shooting brakes,” wagons used to carry the hunters and guns, and perhaps dogs and game.

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