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posted on December 22nd, 2016

Drive your childhood car

The holidays give us all a pang of nostalgia — if not for our foregone youth, then at least for the wide-eyed wonder of cruising down the highway in the family station wagon. Quench your nostalgia this holiday season with the car that used to cart your family to and from grandma’s house, or find the perfect classic to cruise down memory lane.

Lucy’s Mercedes-Benz 549K Replica 1930

A throw way, way back to perhaps your parents’ or grandparents’ younger days, this regal lady may not have been the family station wagon, but she sure did class up the family road trips.

1930-benz
Glendale, CA

Juan Andres’ Volkswagen Bus 1974

Gen Xers with flower children parents certainly remember driving to grandma’s in this icon of countercultural rebellion against the man.

Los Angeles, CA

Rakesh’s BMW 633 CSI 1981

This ’81 Bimmer was what everyone piled into each requisite family outing since dad wouldn’t cave into buying a minivan.

Bellevue, WA
Bellevue, WA

Valerie’s Mercedes-Benz 380SL Roadster Convertible 1982

And speaking of dad’s sporty holdouts, this zippy little roadster wasn’t the family car, but it was dad’s little guilty pleasure that he’d let you and your sister take turns riding in — only if you were good, though.

Collierville, TN
Collierville, TN

Mike’s Volkswagen Vanagon 1983

Sometimes your mom (who had a pretty killer crystal collection going in the back) would have you kids camp out for the night on the road — not because there were no motels around, but because sleeping out in nature would nourish your soul.

Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA

Chris’ Cutlass Ciera Station Wagon 1987

Now this probably actually was your childhood car. Hillary Clinton used to have one, so there ain’t no shame in the earthy wood paneling and the extra-long hatchback.

Stamford, CT
Stamford, CT

David’s Ford F-150 1990

You and this truck have been through a lot together — it saw you score the winning TD at homecoming, and it ushered you on many a first date.

Tamarac, FL
Tamarac, FL

Megan is the copywriter and content tsarina at Turo. She lives to wander near and far, never met a beach (or dog) she didn’t like, and loves to talk postmodern lit and theory to anyone who’ll listen.