Dec
05
1983 Mercury Colony Park

1983 Mercury Colony Park

Today, most wagons are luxury-brand wagons. By our count, there’s just one non-luxury, non-crossover wagon available for sale in the U.S., and that’s the Volkswagen Jetta.

Before minivans and crossover SUVs, however, mainstream wagons populated a healthy number of garages and driveways nationwide. But for folks looking for a little something extra transportation-wise, a good number of premium wagons could also be had.

We present here the ten most-expensive station wagons available to American shoppers in 1983. It’s interesting to note that the magic line to make this list is a base price over $10,000. Just one other 1983-model wagon crossed the $10,000 line, and that was the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser. It started at $10,083, which would have put it 11th on our list.

For a little perspective, consider the price of the most-expensive wagon on the list, the Mercedes-Benz 300TD. That $33,000 price tag–more than three times the cost of the least-expensive wagons on this list–does NOT include leather, which was a $1083 option for 1983.

If you’ve spent time with any of the wagons on this list, please tell us about it. It’s good to know we’re not the only folks who remember these rides fondly.

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Mercedes-Benz 300TD: $32,933

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Overall Length: 191 inches

Wheelbase: 110 inches

Curb weight: 3780 pounds

Base Engine: 120-horsepower 3.0-liter turbodiesel five

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Volvo 760 Turbodiesel: $19,595

1983 Volvo 760 Wagon

1983 Volvo 760 Wagon

Overall Length: 190 inches

Wheelbase: 109 inches

Curb weight: 3330 pounds

Base Engine: 106-horsepower 2.4-liter turbodiesel six

Volvo Diesel: $15,470

1983 Volvo Diesel

1983 Volvo Diesel

Overall Length: 189 inches

Wheelbase: 104 inches

Curb weight: 3200 pounds

Base Engine: 76-horsepower 2.4-liter diesel four

 

Volkswagen Quantum GL Diesel Wagon: $14,995

1983 VW Quantum Wagon

1983 Volkswagen Quantum Wagon

Overall Length: 183 inches

Wheelbase: 100 inches

Curb weight: 2650 pounds

Base Engine: 52-horsepower 1.6-liter turbodiesel four

 

Toyota Cressida: $13,729

1983 Toyota Cressida Wagon

1983 Toyota Cressida Wagon

Overall Length: 187 inches

Wheelbase: 104 inches

Curb weight: 3010 pounds

Base Engine: 143-horsepower 2.8-liter six

 

Buick Electra Estate: $13,638

Buick Electra Estate

1983 Buick Electra Estate

Overall Length: 221 inches

Wheelbase: 116 inches

Curb weight: 4350 pounds

Base Engine: 140-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

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Datsun Maxima GL Diesel: $12,529

1983 Maxima Wagon

1983 Datsun Maxima Wagon

Overall Length: 187 inches

Wheelbase: 103 inches

Curb weight: 3000 pounds

Base Engine: 120-horsepower 2.8-liter diesel six

 

Peugeot 504 Diesel: $12,455

1983 Puegeot 504 Wagon

1983 Peugeot 504 Wagon

Overall Length: 189 inches

Wheelbase: 109 inches

Curb weight: 3050 pounds

Base Engine: 80-horsepower 2.3-liter turbodiesel four

 

Mercury Colony Park: $10,896

1983 Mercury Colony Park

1983 Mercury Colony Park

Overall Length: 218 inches

Wheelbase: 114 inches

Curb weight: 3940 pounds

Base Engine: 130-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

 

AMC Eagle Limited: $10,343

1983 AMC Eagle Limited Wagon

1983 AMC Eagle Limited Wagon

Overall Length: 183 inches

Wheelbase: 109 inches

Curb weight: 3280 pounds

Base Engine: 75-horsepower 2.5-liter four

 

Ford Country Squire: $10,253

1983 Ford Country Squire Wagon

1983 Ford Country Squire Wagon

Overall Length: 215 inches

Wheelbase: 114 inches

Curb weight: 3900 pounds

Base Engine: 130-horsepower 5.0-liter V8

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