Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY EIGHTEEN: 1957 Oldsmobile Fiesta wagon
Dave Beck had his own unique reason for bringing home a tired old Oldsmobile station wagon. “Back in 2000 my son informed us that we were going to be grandparents, and all we had were hot rods and Corvettes and stuff like that,” recalled the Union Grove, Wis., resident. “Nothing to haul kids, so my mission was to find a big vehicle that we could haul the kids around in. Actually, we bought this vehicle the same day my daughter-in-law went into the hospital to have the baby, which was my oldest grandson [Kaleb], who is now 18.
The longtop that Beck eventually discovered and brought home was a 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta hardtop wagon — a pretty sweet choice as far as wagons go. Not many haulers of any era could top the four-door hardtop Fiesta’s combination of beautiful vintage-‘50s looks and everyday practicality. The Fiesta was Oldsmobile’s answer to the hardtop Nomad wagon from Chevrolet, and it still stands today as one of the best-looking wagons ever.
“We’ve driven it a lot, I don’t know how many [miles],” Beck says. “We probably put 3,000 miles a year on it. I’ve had some problems with it. I’ve broken things. I’ve broken a push rod up in Escanaba. Try to find a pushrod for a ’57 Oldsmobile up in Escanaba.
“We’ve been stranded a few times, but that’s just part of the adventure.”
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