1970 AMC Rebel
Hemmingshighlighted four vintage ‘70s station wagons, and the 1970 AMC Rebel is described as starting the decade off in fine fashion for station wagon customers.
The base trim of the AMC Rebel supported a 210-hp engine with automatic transmission and a two-way tailgate. This car has the standard station wagon shape and great storage capabilities, but what truly makes it so memorable is the bright yellow color that was factory standard.
On top of that, the interior is a bright green color, covering the floor mats, seats, door panels, sun visor, and more. This ‘70s station wagon is truly memorable for its unique color both inside and out that made a splash on the roads then, and would do the same now.
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1972 Mercury Marquis
Just a few years after the debut of the AMC Rebel, we get another iconic ‘70s station wagon with the Mercury Marquis.
Similar to the AMC Rebel, this station wagon was also characterized by a yellow color, but featured wood side paneling on the outside of the vehicle that was really the star of the show.
Other typical station wagon features are found inside the 1972 Mercury Marquis, like vinyl bench seats, more wood and chrome accents, and a rear tailgate that swings both ways when you need to load passengers or cargo. We bet you, a friend, or a neighbor definitely had a station wagon like this in the ‘70s.
1977 Pontiac LeMans
As we jump further into the decade, the 1977 Pontiac LeMans becomes another standout ‘70s station wagon.
Pontiac station wagon’sfeatured color was a deep baby blue and it didn’t have any side paneling, wood or otherwise, which means it didn’t create the same standout exterior as some other station wagons of the decade.
Instead, this car was a great everyday driving candidate that wouldn’t draw too much attention on the road. It featured a 6.6-liter V8 engine which was good but standard.
The real perks of this station wagon were within the technology, since it was later in the decade. The 1977 Pontiac LeMans featured factory air conditioning, AM and FM radio, tilt steering, and strong wheels.
1979 Plymouth Volare
Coming in at the tail end of the decade, we had to include the 1979 Plymouth Volare in our list of ‘70s station wagons we just can’t forget. Perhaps the thing that makes the Plymouth Volare a standout station wagon of the decade is its engine—a super six, two-barrel with 145 hp.
On top of that, it has all of the coveted features for the ‘70s like air conditioning, radio, and more. The outside is a similar blue color to the Pontic LeMans, but the difference was that the Plymouth Volare matched that blue color on the inside, too, but it also came in beige or green. For these features, the 1979 Plymouth Volare became a popular family car in the ‘70s.