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YAK Car Pic of the Day

’72 Pontiac Safari, Wheatfield, N.Y.

Before there were minivans, SUVs, or crossovers there was the American station wagon. Great. Big. American station wagons — like this 1972 Pontiac Safari. As Pontiac points out in the brochure, “safari” is Swahili for “travel,” and in the three-seater you and your eight other passengers could travel comfortably, all facing forward. Or, as the brochure also points out, you could open the disappearing tailgate and “…slide that bushel of Jonathans onto the carpeted load floor.” This Safari (a Grand Safari with woodgrained sides was also available) had a starting price of $4,232 for the six-passenger model, or $4,372 for the nine-passenger. I found this one yesterday sitting in front of a home in Wheatfield. You can see all of the 1972 Pontiacs here.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…