Your Final Reward: Maximum Wagon Day Edition

What would Maximum Wagon Day be without an homage to the wagon of death? Chariot of the Reaper? Driver of Demise? That's the hearse, of course, and, once again of course, there's no more Jalopnik a hearse than than the Jaguar E-Type version from the cult flick Harold & Maude (at left). However, the hearse business is,… » 2/20/08 5:40pm 2/20/08 5:40pm

Wagon Battle! Subaru Legacy Vs. Mitsubishi Legnum

What would Maximum Wagon Day be without a wagon battle? And nobody does track battles better than Best Motoring. This classic clip showcases two JDM wagons for the Japanese family that's really on-the-go; a Subaru Legacy GT-B and Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 circa 1996. It's too bad they didn't include a Nissan Stagea, but… » 2/20/08 5:20pm 2/20/08 5:20pm

Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters (and the ECTO-1)

We were incredulous to find in our long an illustrious history, there has been nary a whisper of the Ghostbuster's iconic ambulance turned phantasm fighting mega wagon, the Ecto-1. Considering that, what better opportunity to feature it than on Maximum Wagon Day? Yes, running around the house as a kid pretending to be… » 2/20/08 4:20pm 2/20/08 4:20pm

You Will Never Catch An Olds Vista Cruiser

If you were pursuing someone you'd probably want something sportier than an AMC Matador, unless the car you're chasing is actually an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser that's towing a boat. And thanks to the great handling and power of the Vista Cruiser, the Matador was evaded with explosive results. We're fairly sure that… » 2/20/08 4:00pm 2/20/08 4:00pm

American Wagon Power: The Final Packard Wagons

The soon-to-be history Packard brand was already in the hands of the soon-to-be history Studebaker brand by the time the 1957 and 1958 "Packardbakers" were produced. Based on the Studebaker President, the Packard name was retained in the hopes of building a luxury Packard line in the future. Money was tight, so most… » 2/20/08 3:20pm 2/20/08 3:20pm

Want To Be In A Wagon Club? American Station Wagon Owners of America

Everybody likes to belong, especially when you're in a cruelly outcast class of superior cargo carrying capacity and awesomeness. This is why the American Station Wagon Owners of America exists and also why you should check it out. Founded in 1966 and sporting over 500 members strong, ASWOA is the leading wagon based… » 2/20/08 2:00pm 2/20/08 2:00pm

The Rinspeed Bedouin: A Shooting Brake For All Seasons

This may actually be one of the most Jalopnik cars in existence and, as a shooting brake, it fits within our day's wagon theme. What makes it such a Jalopnik ride? Start with the fact that it's based on the Porsche 996 Carrera but upgraded to use natural gas, giving it 420 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. Then… » 2/20/08 1:00pm 2/20/08 1:00pm

Peugeot 308 SW Bringing The Wagon Love To Geneva

We hope you're enjoying Maximum Wagon Day as much as we are. The Europeans continue to do it in style, this time with the new Peugeot 308 SW. We already love the overbite proportions of the 308 hatch and can appreciate the dimensions of a wagon version. The 308 SW also manages to take the functionality of an MPV with… » 2/20/08 12:40pm 2/20/08 12:40pm

Four Engines, All Wheel Drive, 100% Bad Ass: Riviera Wagon Master

You have to be a certifiable maniac to dream this big. Take four, 425ci Buick engines, two drive axles, a custom Buick station wagon body and a truckload of ingenuity and what do you get? Tommy Ivo's "Riviera Wagon Master". By all accounts it was kinda slow, running the quarter in the 8's - on gasoline, did we say… » 2/20/08 12:20pm 2/20/08 12:20pm