The Volvo Wagon

Roomy, classy, tank-like. What's not to love?

The roar of a Volvo Station Wagon's four-cylinder engine can steal thunder's thunder.
The roar of a Volvo Station Wagon’s four-cylinder engine can steal thunder’s thunder.

From 1974 until it’s sale to Ford Motor Company in 1999, Volvo made the best station wagons on earth. They had room, charm, durability, and were unbelievably safe. And while all the Volvos had reasonable power, the mid-1990s turbocharged 850 series packed enough punch to blow away any other people mover on the road. With the back seats folded down, a Volvo wagon becomes a surfer’s dream car. Room enough for your entire sub 9’0″ quiver, with nooks and crannies and cubbyholes galore for stashing wax, fins, leashes, you name it. Plus, unlike a van or a truck, despite all the space, you’re still driving a real car. Fold the seats back after your session, and you’ve got a backseat for three. Try that in your Toyota pickup. With dedicated care, they run forever. Dane Reynolds even drives one. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for you. SURFER approves.