• “This was after Ford’s pioneering focus-group market research during 1954-55
    determined that motorists planned to buy more cars “like” Buicks and Oldsmobiles
    in the next few years.  Up to that point, when a Ford customer “graduated” to a
    medium price car it was much more often a GM make than a Mercury.
    The Edsel was intended to reverse this trend.”
  • “The 1957 Chevrolet represents probably the greatest image turnaround
    in American automotive history. Not so much in sales, for Chevy had often
    been the country’s most popular make. But rather in image: up to 1954,
    a six cylinder Chevrolet was the car your maiden aunt or grandmother
    drove. For 1955, practically every kid in America wanted one.”


“Looking Backward, America’s Love Affair with the Station Wagon.” 

Here is an attractively presented, full color paperback collection of tributes to some 26 classic American wagons.  Spanning the years 1941 to 1992, it covers many iconic as well as some lesser-known examples of these practical and quintessentially American family cars.  John Jordan’s beautiful photographs are accompanied by Will Bodine’s breezy text, covering some well known, (and not-so-well-known) facts about the cars many Baby Boomers grew up in.  Some wagons included are 1941 Buick Special Estate,  1957 Chevrolet Nomad, 1958 Edsel Bermuda, and 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. 

Please ask for it at your favorite bookseller or order a copy below.

8 ½ x 11, color paperback 132 pages.   $24.95   ISBN   978-0-692-59420-9

See below for full Table of Contents.


Table of Contents


1941 Buick Estate

1941 Chrysler Town & Country

1950 Oldsmobile 88

1951 Ford Country Squire

1955 Plymouth Savoy Suburban

1957 Buick Century Caballero

1957 Chevrolet Nomad

1957 Mercury Colony Park

1958 Packard

1958 Chrysler Windsor

1958 Edsel Bermuda

1959 Dodge Sierra

1959 Plymouth Suburban

1961 Plymouth Suburban

1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza

1962 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta

1963 Rambler Ambassador

1964 Chrysler Town & Country

1965 Chrysler Town & Country

1965 Dodge Dart

1966 Mercury Colony Park

1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

1967 Chevrolet Caprice

1972 Ford Pinto Squire

1972 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

1992 Buick Roadmaster Estate

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Hemmings Classic Car Magazine, Apr 2018

  Looking Backward is wonderful storytelling.  It’s not just the story of station wagons, but a story of America.  The book’s evocative photos have movement, driving us back through time. And its  anecdotes about the vehicles, the designers and the auto industry itself make for a fascinating read. Above all it is an American love story, rekindled through these pages. ”
— Hank Plante, Emmy Award-winning journalist

Looking Backward: America’s Love Affair with the Station Wagon

Will Bodine and John Jordan. Jordan-Bodine, $24.95 (125p) ISBN 978-0-692-59420-9

Former publisher sales rep Bodine and photographer Jordan celebrate the glories of the station wagon in this affectionate, informative pictorial history. Long before the arrival of SUVs, Bodine notes, automakers seduced the American driver with the comfort and convenience of family-sized automobiles. The authors trace the emergence of the station wagon, initially inspired by horse-drawn carriages, to the 1941 Buick Special Estate Wagon and the Chrysler Town & Country, and follow its evolution through the post-WWII boom that saw the introduction of the Oldsmobile 88 Station Wagon and the Ford Country Squire.

The authors celebrate the station wagon’s glory days—which they peg from 1955 to 1958—highlighting the 1955 Plymouth Savoy Suburban, 1957 Buick Century Caballero, and 1958 Edsel Bermuda. Bodine doesn’t shy away from pointing out design flaws of some of the cars, such as the first generation of the 1962 Chevrolet Convair Monza wagon, the handling of which was criticized by Ralph Nader in his book Unsafe at Any Speed. Sporting gorgeous color photographs on nearly every page, this well-researched tribute will charm nostalgic car enthusiasts. (BookLife)

Reviewed on: 09/10/2018


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