Buick Caballero Wagon
In the 1950s Detroit stylists were busy exploring the boundaries of their imaginations, going where no man had gone before. The result of these forays to the outer limits produced the hardtop body structure and the all-steel station wagon, two major innovations with differing advantages. The steel wagon meant much less maintenance and more resistance to the woodie’s inherent noise and inevitable structural degradation, while the hardtop was the answer to the buyer looking for convertible-style airiness with the safety of a sedan. Inevitably, engineers and stylists wedded the two in the 1957 Buick Caballero station wagon, a short-lived model that today enjoys great collector appeal. Finished in Red over White with a matching two-tone interior, this 1957 Caballero wagon uses the Century’s higher-rated 364/300 HP V-8 coupled to an automatic transmission and is fully equipped in typical Century high style with power steering and brakes, power front seat and windows, in-dash clock, Sono-Matic radio and air conditioning, all in a stunning package completed with chromed wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, dual exhaust and a special picnic basket and blanket for those sunny summer afternoons at the park or beach.
Part of the Mecum Auctions event for the Verde Museum in February, 2013.
Source: Mecum Auctions