The Old Wagon Queen Family Truckster With A New Twist

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With summer here, we've been thinking a lot about great road trip vehicles. So, while we adapt to soaring fuel prices, we wave goodbye to the days of care-free cross-country gas-guzzling. You know, the kind of thing embodied by the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation. Yes, before monster SUVs became popular, big wagons with faux wood trim were the kings of the road. But what we have here isn't just any ol' Truckster.


Not only is this a great-looking replica of the movie star car, but open up that hood and you'll find something else not found on a standard Ford wagon: A 5.3-liter GM small-block V8 plucked from a 2002 Chevy Silverado. The guy who built it up said he just had the motor lying around anyways, so why not drop it in? That's our kind of thinking. Now, he plans on driving the Truckster in the Hot Rod Power Tour, where he's sure to turn some heads with this sweet metallic pea green machine.
[] Hat Tip to John and Richard!


Rob Emslie

Clark Griswald: Ed, this is not the car I ordered. I distinctly ordered the Antartic Blue Super Sports Wagon with C.B. and optional rally fun pack.

Ed, the car salesman: You didn't order the Metallic Pea?