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HCOTY 2010 Nominee: Reader Submission Volume 1 – An Eight Door Pontiac Safari Wagon

Welcome to the first nominee for the Hooniversal Car of the Year 2010, and it is appropriate that this falls on Redusernab Wagon Wednesday. We received this nomination from njhoon (thanks man!) within the comments of Mitch’s post, as well as by e-mail, and we can’t argue with the logic. Want to know why? You will have to make the jump….

According to Chris’ E-Mail:

I’ve got it! A Pontiac Airport 8 Door Wagon. It has everything we love:
Orphaned make – Check
It’s a wagon, a HUGE Wagon
Clam Shell rear – Awesome
Odd? – Most Certianly
The ‘I want one’ factor – To me it does so I can safely assume to other Hoons it would.
Relevant to 2010? – Pontiac was killed off this year. It is big enough to live in when or if we lose our job.

Since there was only one image, I dug a little bit to find more about the company that made this beast. From what I can tell, it is an Armbruster/Stageway Eight-Door Airport Limousine, built using a Pontiac Catalina Safari Wagon. The Armbruster/Stageway company can trace its roots back to 1887, and was the largest producer of stretched airport limousines throughout the 50s/60s/70s, and they were built on Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Chryslers, and Checkers. Many of the Limousine producers are related in some form to the Armbruster/Stageway company, including Superior Coach Company, Sayers & Scovill, Federal Coach, and Executive Coach.

The nominee looks to be a 1975 or 1976 model based on the rear bumper, and the wheelcovers. However, I did include an image from Hemmings just to show what an Armbruster/Stageway Pontiac would have looked like from the front. So, is this a proper Hooniversal Car Of The Year? Let us know….

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  • Alff

    Really makes the case for PDL, PW.

  • Age_of_Aerostar

    if only it had a longer wheelbase for a smoother ride.

  • Wow. I can hear that chassis sagging from here.

    Makes it awesome in my book.

  • All that the further utility of a trailer hitch!

    • zsm

      You crack me up! It does look like you could get something pretty tall through the back. Do you think the KV is narrow and short enough? And the glass lets you show it off too.

      • Alas, although this wagon's width and depth look to be sufficient, the interior height does in fact stop a bit short for that. Hmmm, maybe a Stageway Chevrolet Apache….

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        • F-ing awesome.

        • zaddikim

          Yow. Za. Stuff a Cat under there, it's probably the only way to get the 0-60 times under a minute.

          Do I want it regardless of condition? Hellz to the yeah.

  • Very much HCOTY material. And if you absolutely need one, Desert Valley Auto Parts has one for sale for a grand.

    • Charles_Barrett

      24 Hours of Lemons, anyone? With eight doors and seating for twelve, you could circle the track with your entire pit crew on-board at all times…!

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      • zaddikim

        My Gawd, it's beautiful…

  • I can already tell that the HCOTY 2010 is going to be amazing.

  • CJinSD

    When I was a kid, at least one local hotel used a small fleet of 8-door Checker Aerobus wagons with rooftop luggage racks for airport transportation. I used to see them all the time, and then one day they were gone. I have no idea where they went. I never saw them in a local salvage yard or anywhere else for that matter. I loved seeing them when I did though.

    • salguod

      Saw (I mistakenly labeled a 10 door) in St. Ignace MI this summer. They were from Flint and had driven it up from there.

  • But how many cases of beer can it hold? Better send it over to C&D to have it reviewed.

  • Scoutdude

    Stageway also produced 8 door Travelalls, and I think a 10 door version too.

  • Lotte

    A giant, gas-guzzling, genuinely-awesome-yet-loathe-worthy, b'hubcapped, nostalgic, charming, olive green(!) piece of junk treasure that is slightly (very?) out of place with the objects of today's established society?

    Yeah, sounds like Redusernab.

  • Alff

    Family lore has it that my grandfather, a noted horse trader and drunkard, once bought an airport transporter from the late '50s for no particular reason. It's not until this very moment that I appreciate what a Hoon at heart he probably was.

  • tonyola

    Cool, but it will never, ever be as cool as a Checker Aerobus.

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    • True, although I prefer the wheelchair-friendly Checker Medicar.

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      • zaddikim

        That is a strange looking car. Was it run by a hospital? The colour seems to suggest though – no company I can think of would think to use a colour so meh.

        • Alff

          Although I suspect it's a repaint, Checker did offer some gawdawful stock colors.

        • In appearance it's sort of a poor-man's Arbel Symetric:

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          but without (I assume) the Genestatom nuclear propulsion system.

          • zaddikim

            You can't fool me you silly bastard – that's a prototype of Homer's car.

            /not new at this

    • A buddy of mine has one, and I've driven it a few times. Truly an experience.

    • zaddikim

      I love the wagon back on it.

  • RichardKopf

    Mega effing want.

  • Smells_Homeless

    I'll take the 64, please. Plus, is it just me, or is anyone else positive that one is turquoise, even though the photograph isn't in color?

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      Man, I saw it in turquoise and had to go back and look again… The newer model is cool but ungainly, but the '64 just exudes class. Real class, not the tacked-on kind – more the tacked-together kind, actually.

  • There used to be a collection of these airport limos parked inside a fence by an old building at the Wendover, UT air base. I have no idea who owned them, but there were about six of them parked there, including a Buick, a Travelall, I forget what else. I wish I'd taken a picture of the place the last time I was there years ago. It was a real sight, all those behemoths parked right next to each other. I doubt that they're still parked there.

  • DeadinSideInc

    1) It has my vote(s) [Early and often!]
    2) The first picture, does the 'Ford Trucks' trailer strike anyone as very 1994? 'Neon/pastel splash graphics!
    3) will have more info than anyone needs on airport limos/wagons/etc….

  • njhoon

    I used to see these all of the time when I was a kid. I thought they were odd then, now they are just cool. It would be fun to go to cruise night in oneof these.

  • BlackfootFlash

    Interesting car, but unbelievably impractical for a family with a lot of kids…

    I mean, come on – who wants to have to stop the car, then get out and walk 50 feet to smack the kids in the back seat?

    To this day, I still feel phantom pain in my legs, arms, ears & chest whenever I see a station wagon. On road trips as a kid, it seemed like every time I finally got my brother stuffed completely under the seat, here comes the "arm of doom" flailing over the seat back to strike whatever unprotected flesh presented itself.

  • rocketrodeo

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    Thanks for this post! Now I know what this is.

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  • SeanKHotay

    One of the lead pic (in black) starred in a Kojack episode, ferrying away a killer, guitar-playing nun…

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  • Jaimie

    I have an eight door like the ones pictured looking to sell it. It runs just needs fixed up! [email protected]

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