1978 Pontiac Grand Safari

Starting at $6227, the Pontiac Grand Safari is the 3rd most-expensive wagon on our list.

The pickings were slim for big American wagon shoppers in 1978. Responding to declining demand for its biggest cars, Chrysler opted to drop its biggest wagons after the 1977 model year. With the maker’s Newport-based Town & Country wagon, the Dodge Royal Monaco wagon, and the Plymouth Gran Fury Sport Suburban excised from showrooms, only Ford and General Motors remained in full-size longroof game.

The truth is, there were only 6 large American wagons to choose from in 1978, the least expensive of which, the Impala/Caprice, being the only example to not make our list.

Under the hood, V8 engines were still the norm for these family-friendly cruisers, even though V6 engines were standard on the sedan variants of the GM wagons.

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5 Most-Expensive American Wagons of 1978

Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser: $6324

Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

1978 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser

Base Engine: 170-horsepower 5.7-liter V8


Buick Estate Wagon: $6301

1978 Estate Wagon

1978 Buick Estate Wagon

Base Engine: 155-horsepower 5.7-liter V8


Pontiac Grand Safari: $6227

Pontiac Grand Safari

1978 Pontiac Grand Safari

Base Engine: 140-horsepower 4.9-liter V8

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Ford LTD Country Squire: $6207

Ford Country Squire

1978 Ford Country Squire

Base Engine: 143-horsepower 5.8-liter V8


Mercury Marquis Wagon: $5985*

Mercury Marquis Wagon

1978 Mercury Marquis Wagon

Base Engine: 143-horsepower 5.8-liter V8

*For 1978 the top-line Colony Park trim level came by way of a $403 option package not included in the price show above.

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