were taken some time before I purchased the car
which I now call the "REO Speedwagon"
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looks orange in these photos but it is really red/red.
August 7, 2003 Photos of burned
August 4 2003
My Greenwood SportWagon no longer exists. It is nothing but a
charred pile of ash. My son Aaron's other car broke down today so
he had to take the Vette and on the freeway in Tempe a wheel fell off
and the car headed towards a wall, he managed to get it away from that
but found himself headed toward the front end of a semi-truck, just then
the gas tank exploded and the car burst into flames. He whipped the
wheel, avoiding the semi but slammed into the wall on the other side of
the freeway. He crawled from the car as it burned to the ground and
apparently is uninjured but the car is a total lost. It is just sinking
in that I almost lost a son today. Scary stuff. I'm sure glad he is ok.
I guess this will put a fitting end to my Vette diary
and because I only had it insured as a regular Vette I am sure it will
also continue my trend of losing money on every vehicle I've owned. I
guess at this point the car doesn't really matter, I'm just glad that
Aaron is ok.
June 10, 2000:
1979 Corvette L82 Station Wagon
27,000 original miles
Appears to be a Greenwood Wagon Kit.
I will be flying to South Florida on June 17th 2000 to pick this vehicle up.
I'm pretty darn excited... and will be driving it home via the Barber
Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham Alabama, the National Corvette Museum in
Bowling Green Kentucky, and it will be on display at Bloomington Gold in
Bloomington Illinois where 2000 Vettes will be gathering. (Oh
yeah, read the below story to see how this all turned out.)
Click here to see
photos and hear about:
Sheldon's Big Adventure (or should that be
Don Tredoux -
Corvette Wagon Project
Follow Don's adventures as he
restores a Vette wagon.
January 14, 2001
Here is a picture of my 72 Vette wagon. Its different to most as it has no
side windows. I am scraping together the full history as I go . I
know it was modified in California back in 76. It was a coupe T-top to
start off. I purchased the car from a guy, who exported it out to South
Africa when he came here in 99' he owned it for the last 22 years. He is
going back to the States so sold it to me before departing for 3000 US.
Cheers Don Tredoux -- email@example.com
July 23, 2003 From Sheldon: Don's
Vette wagon is coming along nicely and is truly awesome!
Other Corvette Wagons:
Here is a pretty cool station wagon updated custom. More photos are
Russ Eierman's 1973 Vette Wagon
I have a 1973 Corvette Station Wagon built in 1973 by Vic's
Corvettes, 132 Wooduck Lane EXCELSIOR, MINNESOTA. The car was the
original show car from 1974 Picture attached, and has a new 465Hp/383
with less than 500 miles, also new full leather seats. I have the
original egg-crate grill that came out of the car, a bit broken but do
have it if someone wants to put it back the way it was. The car is nice
and is for sale for $18,500-obo . I have an original catalog from 1974
showing the kit parts and would be happy to answer any questions. See
Bob Bonifant's 1970
Millersport Ohio $10,500 obo.
The engine is a Jasper 355 with about 10,000 miles, new Holley carb,
new distributor with tach drive, new master cylinder, radiator cleaned and
checked. The car is a good driver with a good body and interior.
Some paint work is needed but car is in good shape. The car has the Eckler
side pipe covers, Monza headlamps, and front spoiler. Fun car!!!
Just learned that the Greenwood Sportwagons were advertised in Playboy Magazine
in 1975 or 1976 in their "Playtoys for Big Boys" article.
Supposedly the one shown in the photos is brown with wire wheels. If
anyone has a copy of this could you please scan it and send it to me? firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm also told that there was a Sportwagon on
the cover of "Vette" magazine's Aug-Sept issue for 1981. I'd
love to see a copy of that also.
Mike Hammock's Greenwood -- Click
on photo for the whole story
Bud Mackinga's Vette wagon project
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From Scott: -- Shark Man -- email@example.com
Attached is a picture of another Vette wagon I found, this one is
in Germany and has the "factory" type sidepipes on it...not bad
July 25, 2002
From Sheldon: We've finally gotten more photos of this wonderful Greenwood
from the owners in Germany. Click here, or on
the photo to go to the rest of the pictures.
1967 Corvette Station Wagon
Copyright 1984-2001, DTS and The Corvette Doctor's Corvette Pagehttp://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Downs/3000/vetpict.html
Taken at Corvettes and Carlisle, August, 1984
From Sheldon: Please visit Doc's Corvette
photos page. Great photos!
Mike Guyette's 75 Corvette Station Wagon
March 31, 2003 - Mike has a new
web site devoted to Greenwood Corvettes,
Check it out at:
You can find more info about this vehicle at the Sharkwerkes,
click on "68-82 Specs" then scroll to bottom of page...
This one is was for sale on E-Bay... The owner claimed that it is a
"factory" job, but to the best of our knowledge the factory never
produced any of these. It looks to be a body shop addition of a kit,
although this is the first of this kit that we have seen.
August 11, 2008 - Update
This is Dana Fraley of
Corvettes by Dana in Phoenix. I talked to you a few years ago
about your burned Sportwagon that ended up here in Phoenix with
your son I believe. I don't know if I told you before that I am
the builder of the purple and gold Sportwagon if you want to
update the info on your site regarding this car. I am enclosing
a photo from your site of the car so you will know which one I'm
talking about. Let me know what ever happened to your car in
Here are a couple others that someone sent me:
Corvette "Corvair" styling exercise - 1954 auto show circuit
Click for larger image
Bobby Ashby's 69 Vette Wagon
It has caddy tail lights 350 engine, automatic, I have
silver paint for it! The back window does NOT open.
photo is on the Corvette Netherlands web site. I believe this is another photo of Mike
Thanks to my friend Bjorn Rietdijk
The idea of a Corvette station wagon was not thought of by
Greenwood, but it was further developed by him to get a better fit to the rear
of the then new 1974 Corvette. The first Corvette station wagon kits were
developed for the 1968-1973 Corvettes with chromed rear bumpers. These had
rather low rear windows, and the roof was straight but rising at the rear, like
the normal rear of those Corvettes. The rear window often could not be
There is a story that the first Corvette station wagon was thought up by a
drummer who wanted a Corvette in which he could haul all his musical
attributes. The original design had some room for improvement, especially
in relation to the new rear end of the 1974 Corvette. The side windows had
to be enlarged and entry from the rear had to made possible. To get it
right, Greenwood started from scratch. The first prototype proved to be an
enormous improvement compared to what was developed by others up to that
moment. Not only for practical reasons; it also looked a lot more elegant.
The roof-line was the same as with the t-tops and was also shorter and
lower. The rear window sloped just as much as the rear bumper. The
side windows ran higher in the roof and were made of curved Lexan. They
blended smoothly with the rest of the bodywork because they were glued in to
place, and not fitted in a rubber molding.
The main improvement was the rear window that opened, which made access a lot
easier. The first prototype had a polyester window-edge which was later
left out because of production problems and a bad fit after repeated opening and
closing. This first Greenwood Sportwagon was metallic brown and was
featured in a number of magazines and books before its 'disappearance'.
This 'disappearance' meant it was torn down and redone, then sold as a silver
GT. In those days Corvettes were expensive as well, and customer demand
was more important then prototypes because it brought in money.
The Greenwoood brothers could not get the Corvette Sportwagon entirely out of
their system and when they found a solution for the problems with the rear
window opening by itself, they restarted the project.
The donor car for the second Sportwagon prototype was John Greenwoods
girlfriend Sharon Vaden's white '75 Corvette coupe. Burt overcame the
problems they had with the window-edge of the first version of the rear window
by leaving it away and using just multi-layered glass with holes drilled in to
it for the hinges and the lock. A rubber seal prevented water from
entering. The window was supported by two gas-filled supports that kept it
open when necessary. The lock could be opened electrically by a switch on
the door support on the drivers side. The spoiler on the rear was
relocated from the boot-lid to the roof to try to keep the window at least a bit
This second prototype did not stay white, but was painted Ferrari red, and
later BMW cinnabar red. A reinforced loading floor necessitated relocating the
gas tank. A special gas tank was put where the spare wheel was, and the
spare wheel was exchanged for a space-saver spare. All this was done to
optimize luggage space. Special polyester interior panels where made and
the luggage space got a black carpet similar to the rest of the interior.
The Sportwagon was given electrically operated adjustable air suspension.
The interior remained unchanged, as well as the engine and the gearbox.
The exhaust system had to be modified because of the changed locations of the
spare wheel and gas tank.
From this Greenwood Sportwagon molds were made to manufacture kits. ACI
made some. When John moved from Ohio to Florida Eckler's became the new
partner at Greenwood Automotive for the production of polyester body
parts. Amongst which the Sportwagon. Besides manufacturing complete
cars Eckler's also sold Sportwagon kits. Parts of it and even complete
rear ends with wider mudguards. With these kits the gas tank stayed in
it's original location, which had a negative effect on luggage space.
Estimates are that less the two dozen complete cars and kits were sold by ACI
and Eckler, including a few Turbo Sportwagons.
If anyone has any information about, or
photos of Corvette Wagons please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org