Owner says roomy and rugged ramblers were 'the SUV of their day.'

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Owners: John and Barbara Morris, Everett

Occupation: Retired

Car’s make and model: 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Station Wagon

“I love my car because … it’s different and you don’t see them every day. I’ve always liked station wagons. Growing up, my dad had a 1955 wagon and I have owned several. They have lots of room and were the SUV of their day, before they called them an SUV. My first new wagon was a 1964 Chevy II. In 2012 I started searching for another wagon. I found this one in Santa Rosa, California, with 72,000 miles on it. I bought it and had it shipped here. It arrived in much worse condition than the pictures showed, so it’s a good thing I didn’t try to drive it home. I had it tuned up and did some transmission repairs. I replaced the brakes and headliner and had it painted. That’s when I learned that the right side had been sideswiped and repaired. It’s comfortable and cruises nicely, but it’s a bit under-powered because it is a basic car. It came with no options. There aren’t many of these cars left, because they were very popular to use in demolition derbies. They survive rear-end collisions better that most anything else on the road. I like it because it is old, but not too old that you can’t get out on the road and drive it. We use it every day as our daily driver and love the convenience of it.”

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