Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Rear-Engined Wagons

While recording this week’s zany, alcohol-fueled podcast, the subject of rear-engined wagons came up somewhere. Back when one car model carried an entire lineup by itself, putting the engine in the back seemed like a great idea until it came time to actually get more room out of the back there, somehow.
Rear-engined wagons: they’re not just good for keeping your burrito warm; they feature actual usable storage space—front and back! After all, not many Family Trucksters can boast of having a cargo floor that’s at approximately nipple level, with just enough space for your luggage to ensure that you can’t see out the back. What’s underneath? Oh, just the most carbon-monoxide-churning impromptu luggage heater ever! Hope you’re not carrying plastic chairs or raw meat in the back!
How many rear-engined wagons can you name? I’ve picked out one of two low-hanging fruit already; you’ll just have to supply obscure Israeli-built continuations of Italian cars, or anything built under Soviet/Mexican/Greenland rule. After all, if these two low-hanging fruit could build pickup trucks, vans, and family sedans, and sell thousands to boot (no pun intended, if you’re British), then somebody out there must have thought it was a good idea too. Right? Right?
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    1. Paul_y Avatar

      That is also mid-engined.

  1. fede6882 Avatar

    I'll take an easy one, and then keep learning from more obscure cars/comments.
    So, here it is, Fiat 600 Multipla
    <img src="http://storm.oldcarmanualproject.com/fiat/multi6000607s.jpg&quot; width="500">
    even in it's own ad it looks too small for that many people
    <img src="http://storm.oldcarmanualproject.com/fiat/multi60001s.jpg"&gt;

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      Let's not forget it's slightly less spacious sibling, the 500 Giardiniera.
      <img src="http://www.ma.by/files/images/e/4/1/25331.14047.282067.preview.jpg&quot; />

    2. ptschett Avatar

      I'll bet there are a few post-war Fiats that satisfy this EH. Here's a 2-door-wagon version of the 500.
      <img src="http://i56.tinypic.com/nmbuxg.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

  2. mdharrell Avatar

    Much as I'd like to continue as the lone voice of boosterism for the KV/KVS cause with these two gems:
    the KV Mini 1 wagon:
    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5092/5516235426_f2467a7b63.jpg&quot; width="300">
    and the KVS Mini 2 wagon:
    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5057/5515644779_29408e716b.jpg&quot; width="300">
    I can't, because they're actually mid-engined, not rear-engined. Sorry.

  3. skitter Avatar

    Perhaps mid- and rear-engined should be defined as well.
    I, for one, welcome our mid-engined wagon overlords.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Yes, because some of the posts so far are actually mid-engined specimens. The engine needs to be behind the rear axle, not just towards the rear of the vehicle, to qualify as rear-engined.

  4. Alff Avatar

    Hillman Husky. I'll leave it to someone else to point out the Corvair.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Yes, but only the '67-70 Husky. The earlier ones were front-engined.

  5. Alff Avatar

    very cool

  6. mdharrell Avatar

    <img src="http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss62/nomoregears/AWSshopper7890.jpg&quot; width="400">
    The 1971-74 AWS Shopper, based on the Goggomobil T250 chassis.

  7. Syrax Avatar

    I think the Brasilia should count as a separate entry.
    <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2sOrOKKhF9s/SmtqT_f8XmI/AAAAAAAADco/qyl0WWplyXQ/s400/60.jpg"/&gt;

  8. tonyola Avatar

    Volkswagen EA128 – 1965 prototype for an American-sized rear-engined VW.
    <img src="http://images.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/236754.jpg&quot; width=450>
    Also, how about a Tatra ambulance prototype from the '60s? Is this awesome or what?
    <img src="http://photos.igougo.com/images/p140629-Olomouc-The_TATRA_ambulance.jpg&quot; width=450>

    1. dwegmull Avatar

      I knew there had to be a Tatra, I just could not find it! Thank you for posting this.

  9. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Skoda 1000MB Kombi Prototyp 1965
    <img src="http://www.madle.org/og06skoda1000mbproto65.jpg"&gt;

    1. Feds_II Avatar

      Do you think if they made it today they would call it the Skoda 1GB Kombi?

  10. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

    Simca Fourgonnette (don't ask me the model)
    <img src="http://blogautomobile.fr/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/simca_fourgonnette.jpg"&gt;

    1. tonyola Avatar

      That's not rear engined – it's based on the early '50s front-engine/rear-drive Simca Aronde.

  11. longrooffan Avatar

    Damn!!! The Hooniverse is freakin' awesome!!!

  12. Maymar Avatar

    This, if you listened to VW in the 60s.
    <img src="http://www.vanagon.com/static/img/old/media/ads/ad_7_zoom.jpg&quot; height=500 /img>

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      Chevy tried to pass off the Greenbrier as a "sports wagon."
      <img src="http://www.cartype.com/pics/8100/full/chevrolet_corvair_greenbrier_sports_wagon_ad_64.jpg&quot; width="500" />

      1. Maymar Avatar

        I'd allow the wagon, but sports? Unless GM built a proto-RaceBus (which would kick copious amounts of ass), that's a bit of a stretch. I love it.

        1. Tomsk Avatar

          I would hope the Chevy engineers fitted at least one with the turbocharged engine. You know, for research…

        2. topdeadcentre Avatar

          Y'know, sports: huntin', fishin', campin'.

      2. jjd241 Avatar

        Did the pole dancers come as standard equipment?

  13. ptschett Avatar

    I'm not sure what class of car the Stout Scarab is supposed to be, but I think we can all agree that it has its engine in the back and a long roof.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b4/Scarab_OHTM.JPG/320px-Scarab_OHTM.JPG"/&gt;

    1. topdeadcentre Avatar

      Ahh, the love-child of a GM Futurliner and a '49 Nash Ambassador.

  14. Tomsk Avatar

    Technically mid-engine, but still badass.
    <img src="http://www.globalmotors.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/ferrambo-17.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  15. buzzboy7 Avatar

    I knew the early VW Gol use beetle engines but it turns out that they were front mounted. Ah well…

  16. OA5599 Avatar

    Maverick's wheelstander was mid-engine, but Outlaw's is clearly powered from behind.
    <img src="http://www.draglist.com/artman2/uploads/2/B_9_Auto.jpg&quot; width=500>

  17. Lotte Avatar

    Slightly less impressive and I'm pushing the boundary between hatch and wagon, the Mitsubishi i.
    <img src="http://www.autospectator.com/uploads/Mitsubishi/2007/i/Mits_i.jpg&quot; width="400">
    It's like a Smart with four doors.

  18. Paul_y Avatar

    If I was quicker on the draw, I'd have come up with some of these, but damn this bunch is good with this stuff.

  19. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Here's a rear-engined hatchback.

    <img src="
    http://www.ronpatrickstuff.com/images/VW_Rear_Dr1_PScopy.jpg&quot; width=600>
    <img src="http://www.ronpatrickstuff.com/images/VW_Rear_Dr_Open1_PScopy.jpg&quot; width=600>
    <img src="http://www.ronpatrickstuff.com/images/AB12_15_05copy.jpg&quot; width=600>
    I think we can forgive it for not really being a wagon. We can, can't we?

    1. ptschett Avatar

      With that hanging out the back I'll even forgive it for being a New Beetle.

    2. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      seeing that car always makes me miss gunter… (my '02 NB) not that he had a jet engine sticking out the back.. but… still..

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        It's giving me terrible ideas for Entie (our '01)…