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1973 Plymouth Cricket Wagon

At $2399, the Plymouth Cricket was the 4th least-expensive wagon of 1973.

Even at the low end of the market, station wagons were treated by makers as premium models in most model lineups. The Plymouth Cricket above, for example, listed for a cool $404 more than the sedan on which it was based. That’s a substantial 20-percent bump.

All prices noted below are as reported in Consumer Guide Auto ’73

All prices noted below are as reported in Consumer Guide Auto ’73

Sadly, it seems that every other generation turns its back on wagons, resenting the utility that their parents found so endearing. A shame, as many wagons, to these eyes at least, are the best-looking models in their respective nameplate families.

Today we look at the most affordable station wagons of 1973. Likely many of these diminutive rides got a second look late in the year, right around the time OPEC began tightening its grip on the world’s oil supply.

I’d like to think that any number of these wagons were fitted with 8-Track-tape players and stuffed with pillows just in time for them to be used as rolling listening studios when “Dark Side of the Moon” was released that summer.

If you’ve owned or spent time with one of these tidy cargo haulers, let us know about it.

The Cheapest Cars of 1972

The Cheapest Cars of 1989

 

Ford Pinto: $2273

1973 Ford Pinto Wagon

1973 Ford Pinto Station Wagon

 

Chevrolet Vega Kammback: $2285

1973 Chevrolet Vega Kammback

1973 Chevrolet Vega Kammback

 

Fiat 128: $2300

Fiat 128 Station Wagon

Fiat 128 Station Wagon

 

Plymouth Cricket: $2399

1973 Plymouth Cricket Station Wagon

1973 Plymouth Cricket Station Wagon

 

Toyota Corolla 1600: $2402

1973 Toyota Corolla 1600 Wagon

1973 Toyota Corolla 1600 Wagon

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