The White Wagon
Let’s get down to brass tacks here. What we are talking about is a 1982 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Station Wagon. It was a squat-shouldered, wide bodied monster with room for a family of six. It lived in our driveway until my younger sister Karen killed it sometime in the fall of 1998. It was a sad day for us all. The White Wagon was one of the largest and least fuel-efficient mass-produced station wagons ever built. It was extremely ugly as well, and probably quite dangerous to drive. But she was ours.
The ’82 Caprice was one of the last of the great family station wagons. The Dodge Caravan came on the scene in 1983 and changed the suburbs forever. We never owned a mini-van as a family and I am very proud of that fact. We were never mini-van people. We were station wagon people. And the station wagon that our father bought used in 1984 was a masterpiece. The radio had a casette player. The rear window had a defroster. The speedometer worked.