Get it at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction
Need some funky wheels for your next family vacay? Then look no further than this Ford-based replica of the Griswolds’ “Wagon Queen Family Truckster” station wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation, the 1983 road-trip comedy classic starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. The pea-green and wood-paneled rolling prop will be up for grabs at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction next month.
This example of the, er, interestingly styled car with eight headlights and room for a granny on top is based on a 1981 Ford LTD Custom station wagon and not a 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire like the cars used in the movie. Several examples were made by the Warner Brothers prop department to be used in the film, and a number of re-creations made from similar models can be found online.
Under the hood, there’s a 5.0-liter V-8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. A screen-used Truckster from the movie would likely sell for bigger bucks, but we have a feeling this extremely well-executed replica will rustle up plenty of bids. Should you miss out, why not go ahead and build your own and take the kids to Walley World?
Barrett-Jackson heads into its second big event of the year, the 2019 Palm Beach auction, April 11-13, 2019, at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Florida. The 17th annual Palm Beach collector car sale will showcase hundreds of coveted vehicles, and the experts from MotorTrend will be there to bring you all the action LIVE from the auction block. Check your local TV listings to find out where you can catch Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on MotorTrend Network and download the app for exclusive, live coverage. Need more viewing options? You can also tune in to our livestream from your web browser on April 11, April 12, and April 13.