Awhile back I came across an old magazine with these two wonderful old car ads. If you've been following Hemmings at all, you've probably noticed that the old family roadster is enjoying something of a second life. Here are two ads for wagons from 40 years ago.
They call that vanishing tailgate "the clamshell tailgate." And then there was the Vega, which was disappointing in all its body types. Meantime, Ford was dazzling us with the "woody" exterior flourishes. A friend of mine had the Torino wagon. It had the windows in the roof, the "Vista Cruiser" windows, so you could look at the sky. Hers was just plain dark blue though. No "wood."
Except parents are probably still telling kids, "Don't make me have to pull this car over."