Pickups & Station Wagons
Runs January 18 - March 30, 2014
Pickup trucks and station wagons are uniquely American. No other country in the world has matched their appeal and utility. The Italians gave the world sexy sports cars; the Japanese, fuel efficient economy cars and the Germans, high performance and luxurious highway cruisers. But only America produced pickups and station wagons better than anybody else.
Henry Ford marketed the first pickup and America has never looked back. Today, pickups consistently outsell cars, with the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado being the #1 and #2 selling vehicles in America. (MarketWatch, October 2013). Thatʼs because the pickups of today are as luxurious as high end automobiles and offer more utility. In 2012, over one million half ton pickups were sold in the US from 8 different brands. The number one selling car for the same year sold only 405,000 units. America is truly in love with pickups.
If you grew up in America in the 1950ʻs through 1970ʻs, you rode in a station wagon. Station wagons; ungainly, gas guzzling rattletraps that were up to nineteen feet long and could hold 9 people and lots of cargo. In 1932, Detroit built just 1,418 wagons. By 1946, 29,000 and a decade later, 707,200. By their peak in 1965, Detroit produced 968,771 station wagons. The high price of gasoline plus the stigma of a station wagon led to the wagonʼs slow death. The industry built only 480 station wagons in 2010, its last year.
The Murphy Auto Museum is celebrating Pickups and Station Wagons, some of the greatest contributions that Detroit gave the American motoring public.
Vehicles on display include:
1927 Ford Model T Pickup, 1929 Ford Model A Type 150 Station Wagon, 1952 Chevy Suburban Woody, 1955 Studebaker, 1963 Chevrolet C-10, 1963 Studebaker Wagonaire Daytona, 1965 Chevrolet C10, 1967 Buick Sport Wagon, 1971 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454, 1972 Chevrolet C10
We had a HUGE turnout for our Special Event Pickups & Station Wagons Show & Vintage Flea Market, Sunday Feb. 16th. Thank you to all who came over to enjoy the day with us! Thanks to all the wonderful vendors and the car collecting bunch who brought their vintage pickup trucks & station wagons. We had a great time throwing the Pickups & Station Wagons parking lot party and Vintage Flea Market. A big thank you to The Underground Gourmet Food Truck who served mouth watering gourmet burgers, savory tacos and delectable sandwiches all day. And a special thank you to our exhibit and event sponsor, Santa Paula Chevrolet.
Exhibit Sponsored by Santa Paula Chevrolet