Wacky Wagon: ’56 Hudson Rambler Country Wagon
We love wagons and when Mark G., sent us this one, we couldn’t resist. This is a bit confusing because it is sometimes known as a Hudson and a Rambler. George Mason designed this one and he insisted that his cars needed to look really different. And they were, with “bathtub” shapes and enclosed front wheels. The 1956 Rambler was unusually normal, but it still had eccentricities like the inboard headlamps and a C-pillar that integrated the roof and body sides. This new body heralded a lot of changes like upgrading the Rambler from a nameplate to a brand. But the two-year-old company was still trying to merge Hudson and Nash dealers therefore the schizoid practice of putting Nash or Hudson insignia on Ramblers sold through their respective dealers. The Rambler was one of the first unit-body cars produced in the U.S. This wagon is seldom seen and quite rare. This one survived in California and comes with the old registration plates. It has a 3-speed column shift with overdrive plus a luggage rack, radio, unique glove box and a reclining passenger seat. And some say that crazy C-pillar dip was to avoid having to design special doors for the wagon. Click here for the eBay auction.