The modern station wagon can trace its roots to the American railways of the early 1900s, where the big wheelbases and large cabin spaces were useful as taxi cabs hauling passengers and luggage around train depots. Although conversion companies began building wagons using Model A frames as early as 1919, by the ’20s and ’30s, auto manufacturers started to recognize the utility of the platform and began offering factory-built models.
It is safe to say that those early automotive pioneers could never have imagined how Frank-o Harder could morph one of their big, slow people-movers into a 180+ MPH pavement pounder capable of blasting low eights in the quarter mile.
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