1968 Chrysler Newport Town & Country

1968 Chrysler Newport Town & Country

There are two vehicle designs that are pure American; the pickup truck and the station wagon. While other car manufacturers across the world brought us phaetons, coupes and sedans, the pickup truck and station wagon are all original and distinct American designs.

Originally called “depot hacks” (train depot + hackney carriage), these specialized vehicles were used to shuttle passengers between train depots and their local destinations. Later, they became known as station wagons, since train depots became known as train stations. As they gained popularity, they also became known as carryalls or suburbans. So common were these vehicles and their accepted names, that International manufactured a wagon for many years called a Carryall; Chevrolet, GMC and Plymouth all marketed a wagon called a Suburban, a name which Chevrolet uses to this day.

The wagon’s heyday were in the 1950’s through 1970’s, with millions being produced by every American manufacturer and many foreign ones. During that time in America, every neighborhood had station wagons in the driveway and most people 50 years or older remember riding in a station wagon as a child. Later, America turned to SUV’s and the last mass produced American station wagon faded away with the Buick Roadmaster and the Dodge Magnum.

This station wagon is a beautiful example of high line luxury, built by Chrysler. This all stock vehicle is complete with woodgrain and air conditioning. It has less than 90,000 original miles and has the special optioned 383 cubic inch, high performance V8, producing 330 horsepower.

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