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  • drpreposterous
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    Wondering where the Mopars are, too. I'd take a 383, 318 (poly or LA) or slant six any day over any GM powerplant. Ditto with torsion bar suspension and Torqueflite trans over GM counterparts.

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  • JBOYLE
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    When I was just out of college, the TV station I worked for had Pinto Crusin' Wagons as news cars. They were orange with factory stripe delete but station added blue/green and orange stripes with blue letter.

    My, they were bright.

    If the Hagerty piece is based on the cars they insure, remember that will alter any findings. They're a fairly expensive (the most expensive I received quotes from) company so many lesser expensive cars will be insured by other firms.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by stude1964 View Post
    The reason the Pinto's aren't on that list and insured was because there aren't that many that survived the fires upon impact!
    As I recall, Pinto station wagons were not affected by that.

    Too bad that 'Cruisin Wagon' package didn't arrive six years earlier before they got those ugly bumpers on them.

    Craig

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  • SScopelli
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    True, Seb; but again, they are just reporting how many of each model station wagon they have insured, regardless of original popularity, current popularity, or survival rate. There can't be very many Pinto wagon survivors, especially a specialty wagon like that cute Cruising Wagon you've shown. BP
    I see now..

    So only 30 more Wagonaire owners, and the Studebaker will make the Hagerty list!

    Come on folks!

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  • stude1964
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    The reason the Pinto's aren't on that list and insured was because there aren't that many that survived the fires upon impact! REMEMBER? It's only one insurance company. What if I asked JC Taylor how many wagons they insured? My '64 would be there and I'm sure there would be other Stude wagons. As for their top 10?????? Who knows?
    Rob in PA.

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  • StudeNorm
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    I had a MB 300TE and it was an excellent car. The 4 wheel drive system was superb and with full leather and all the options it was about as comfortable as they come. I also had 2 Wagonaire project cars at the same time and I was really tempted to swap the drivetrain and running gear into my '65 but that never happened. All three wagons were nearly identical in specs.

    The MB and both wagons have new owners now and I am stuck with having to put up with the quirks of owning and driving a '63 R2 Avanti. Sure miss the cargo room!

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  • spokejr
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    If you're still wanting to hop on the bandwagon, here you go;
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...331364755.html

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  • 57pack
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    We always had a second hand wagon my Mom drove us around in. All were Chevrolets. My Dad bought a new Studebaker every three years or so.
    I combined my passion for wagons of my youth with my passion for Studebaker. I have a Wagonaire and a Packard wagon.

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by SScopelli View Post
    I can not understand why the Pinto did not make the list.. 78 Wagons had the V6 in them.
    True, Seb; but again, they are just reporting how many of each model station wagon they have insured, regardless of original popularity, current popularity, or survival rate. There can't be very many Pinto wagon survivors, especially a specialty wagon like that cute Cruising Wagon you've shown. BP

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  • ddub
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    We owned a Pinto wagon with, as I recall, a 2 liter 4 and manual 4 speed. I enjoyed that car a lot. That was the best shifting manual trans I have owned. It needed a tune up every 10,000 or so miles but it was fun to drive.

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  • SScopelli
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    I can not understand why the Pinto did not make the list.. 78 Wagons had the V6 in them.

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    Funny how 5 Chevs are on the list and only 2 Fords, and not ONE four-door hardtop wagon.

    Ford used to be the "Wagonmaster" when station wagons were real popular. Craig
    You're right, Craig; Ford traditionally outsold Chevrolet in both the station wagon and convertible markets throughout the 1950s. Not every year, of course, but most.

    But the reason there aren't as many Ford wagons insured is undoubtedly the same as why there aren't that many 50s Fords of any kind extant, compared to 50s Chevrolets: They just weren't as good mechanically. Specifically, the Y-block V8: So many of them met an early demise because Y-blocks were wheezing and pumping oil long before the period Chevrolet engines, both Six and V8, were worn out.

    Hence, and simple enough, there are fewer survivors to acquire and insure.

    Don't get me wrong; I much prefer 50s Fords over 50s Chevys, espcially 1957 models, but that doesn't alter the facts of the matter. BP

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  • 2R5
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    'Doubtful that Hagerty has many Studebaker station wagons of any year insured, Rich. I know mine is, but there just aren't that many of them out there. BP
    Mine is with them as well , that's 2 for sure

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
    Bah, so we don't EVEN rate 11th!! And NO Studebaker mention at all. A Bias or incorrect Survey and only from ONE of the Classic Car Ins. Co's. and probably NOT the most popular?
    'Doubtful that Hagerty has many Studebaker station wagons of any year insured, Rich. I know mine is, but there just aren't that many of them out there. BP

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  • Warren Webb
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    My dad had an Olds Vista Cruiser wagon. Riding in that 3rd seat facing forward & above everyone was enjoyable.

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