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Cars That Say "Summer"

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On: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:22PM | By: Karen Cook


Cars That Say "Summer"

Road trips are an integral part of the American summer. We are a country that likes to travel and we have such a huge piece of land that you can see anything from mountains to beaches to sun dappled forests all in the same day if you choose. Over the years automakers have produced cars made to answer the call of wanderlust.

In 1948 Ford made the Super Deluxe Woodie Wagon with its hallmark wooden body panels. It had loads of interior space and surfers used it to transport those huge surfboards to the beach. It was also perfect for packing the family in for long trips.

Chevrolet gave us the aptly named Nomad Wagon which was also popular with the surfing set. Hot-rodders also liked it for cruising the beaches. With the large interior it provided ample room for picking up bikini-clad girls.

The first dune buggy was the Meyers Manx made in the 1960’s. It used a VW Beetle chassis but was made to fly over the sand on the shore. Beach blankets, picnic baskets, and other essentials for parties on the sand were easier than ever to transport.

Volkswagen was no slouch when it came to providing vehicles attuned to summer outings. The original Beetle was small enough to travel anywhere, good on gas, and was inexpensive to purchase. In 1973 VW made the Thing which was a convertible built to drive on most any terrain. It was also cheap and easy on the upkeep.

If camping or skiing in the mountains suits your summer tastes better, Jeep continues to provide the Wrangler. It has been popular with outdoorsy types since it first went on the market.

For those with more romantic leanings, the Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2-seater circa 1955 is perfect for dreamy nighttime drives with your sweetheart. Put the top down, tool on over to Lover’s Lane and maybe you’ll get lucky.

We all have our favorite summer pastime and the auto industry has given us plenty of choices when it comes to making memories.


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