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Concours d’Elegance To Feature “Jet-Age Station Wagons”

Troy, MI – January 18, 2012: The Concours d’Elegance of America is pleased to announce that “Jet-Age Station Wagons” will be a featured class for the 2012 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s.

This special class will feature some of the most beautiful, most interesting and rarely seen American station wagons from the late 1950s and early 1960s. “In the world of collector cars, nothing’s hotter than the glamorous wagons of the ‘Mad Men’ era,” says Terry Boyce, noted automotive historian and St. John’s Concours judge. “These finned, tri-toned wagons celebrate an era of flamboyant design and American optimism.”

Confirmed entries in the “Jet-Age Station Wagons” class include:

  • 1959 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyview. One of only six made, this custom-built Cadillac has an incredible 156-inch wheelbase and features a large plexi-glass observation panel in the roof. The Skyviews were specially created for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado. The Concours will be the first public showing of this car since receiving a complete restoration. This “over the top” 59 Caddy is a remarkable example of “Jet-Age” flamboyance.
  • 1961 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country. For the early-Sixties country-club set, few cars offered the prestige of a Town & Country wagon. The design was strictly space-age, with pillarless four-door hardtop styling, towering tail fins and canted quad headlamps. Our featured car, one of just 760 nine-passenger versions built, was specially-ordered by the producer of the Milton Berle television show. Unusual options include dual air conditioning, swivel seats and a 413-cid V8 with cross-ram induction.
  • 1958 Packard. In the final season for the distinguished Packard marque, only 159 wagons were built, making this one of the rarest automobiles of the decade. Most enthusiasts have never had the opportunity to see an example of these unusual Studebaker-based Packard wagons. It will make an exciting addition to the field at St. John’s.
  • 1959 Mercury Colony Park. The Colony Park was the most expensive, most luxurious wagon built by the Ford Motor Company in 1959. Featuring “four-door hardtop” styling, “jet-pod” sculpturing, simulated wood paneling and one of the largest wraparound windshields ever, the ’59 Colony Park was an eye-catching machine from the moment of its debut. The just-restored example making its debut at St. John’s features a huge 430-cubic-inch V8 and a full roster of options, including factory air conditioning.
  • 1959 Buick LeSabre. Few cars shout “Jet-Age” like the delta-winged 1959 Buick. Our featured LeSabre wagon, freshly restored and heavily optioned, is unquestionably one of the world’s finest examples of this uncommon Buick.
  • 1960 Dodge Polara. With its wild fins, hardtop styling and “Jet-Age” interior, the ’60 Polara wagon is a superb example of Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” styling. Only 1,768 nine-passenger Polara wagons were built for 1960, and the California survivor that is coming to St. John’s is believed to be the sole remaining example in the United States.
  • 1958 Rambler Ambassador Custom Hardtop Cross Country. In the late Fifties, Rambler found success with economical compact cars and station wagons that contrasted sharply with the “longer, lower, wider” styling of Big Three designs. The only Rambler model aimed at the traditional “full-size” market segment was the top-of-the-line Ambassador V8 and sales were not encouraging. The large, luxurious and expensive Custom Hardtop Cross Country wagon had one of the lowest production numbers of any AMC vehicle: Only 294 were built. It is believed that only two of these have survived, of which our St. John’s entrant is the only running example!
  • 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta. This was the first Olds wagon offered since 1950 and it arrived in style. Exclusive when new and highly coveted today, the pillarless design with ‘sparkling chrome roof ribs’ and dipped beltline make this one of the most beautiful wagons of the Jet-Age. Equally striking is the interior design, with its lush leather and jewel-like chrome details.
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad. Perhaps the most iconic version of America’s most iconic car, the Nomad has a timeless appeal. For our tribute to Jet-Age wagons we are proud to present one of the world’s finest and most awarded examples, resplendent in its eye-catching Sierra Gold and Adobe Beige two-tone.

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