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1974 Dodge Monaco Brougham

1974 Dodge Monaco Brougham

In 1974, the experimental German rock band Kraftwerk released the album “Autobahn,” a still-celebrated collection of electronica featuring a 23-minute cut of the title song.

As an auto guy, I completely get musicians from the land of Porsche and Mercedes celebrating a highway with no speed limit. But, one might argue,  there’s more to hitting the open road than a finely tuned suspension and a free-revving engine.

Sure, Americans made do-and still make do—with freeway speed limits, but we countered with something pretty cool of our own: luxury station wagons.

They may have been gas thirsty and sloppy handling, but the big wagons of 1974 were also famously capable highway haulers. Boasting highway-friendly suspension tuning, quiet cabins, huge gas tanks, and room for up to nine passengers, these big family haulers were perfect for hitting the open road—even if that road was limited to 55 mph.

Collected here for your approval are the five most-expensive American wagons of 1974. Before anyone asks, the Buick Estate wagon–at $4857 with 3rd-row seating–would have been 6th on the list. Note: All prices below are for models with 3-row seating, which was optional on every wagon save the Ambassador, on which it was standard. Also, all reported prices are as found in Consumer Guide: Auto ’74.

If your childhood involved time in the back of one these Interstate giants, please tell us about it.

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Chrysler Town & Country: $5366

Chrysler Town & Country

Chrysler Town & Country

Standard Engine: 230-horsepower 440-cubic-inch V8

Optional Engine: None

 

Dodge Monaco Brougham: $5125

1974 Dodge Monaco Brougham

1974 Dodge Monaco Brougham

Standard Engine: 185-horsepower 400-cubic-inch V8

Optional Engine: 250-horsepower 440-cubic-inch V8

 

Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser (with wood trim): $4994

1974 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

1974 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

Standard Engine: 210-horsepower 455-cubic-inch V8

Optional Engine: None

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AMC Ambassador Brougham: $4960

1974 AMC Ambassador Brougham

1974 AMC Ambassador Brougham

Standard Engine: 150-horsepower 304-cubic-inch V8

Optional Engine: 175-horsepower 360-cubic-inch V8

Optional Engine: 195-horsepower 360-cubic-inch V8

Optional Engine: 235-horsepower 401-cubic-inch V8

 

Pontiac Grand Safari: $4915

1974 Pontiac Grand Safari

1974 Pontiac Grand Safari

Standard Engine: 200-horsepower 455-cubic-inch V8

Optional Engine: None

The 5 Most-Expensive American Wagons of 1978

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