, 2022-12-20 18:06:58,
Ready to go to Wally World? Some movie cars are iconic because they’re awesome, like the Lamborghini Countach in Cannonball Run, or the black Porsche 911 Turbo in Bad Boys. But some standout because they’re awful, like the Clark Griswold’s Family Truckster in National Lampoon’s Family Vacation movie car.
And, in the immortal words of the car’s salesman, “If you think you hate it now, wait ‘till you drive it.”
What was the car in National Lampoon’s Family Vacation based on?
The car that became the famous Wagon Queen Family Truckster is based on an early 1980s Ford LTD wagon. At the time, the LTD in Crown Victoria trim was Ford’s top-of-the-line wagon, and it would have had the same kind of street cred that an Expedition would have today. Though maybe not in green.
It’s hard to believe, but giant station wagons not that long ago were cool (well, coolish) cars. But these giant land yachts were the precursors to today’s giant SUVs and crossovers that hold eight people in comfort. Maybe the Family Truckster had something to do with the wagon falling out of favor?
Fun fact, one of the original movie cars sold for about $40,000 at a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2020.
What was changed?
To turn the LTD into the Family Truckster, the movie folks had to dress it up and, probably much to Ford’s delight, cover up all…
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