1925 Post Suburban Buick Station Wagon
Interesting secondary historic note comes about when you see old station wagons like this 1925 Buick Suburban station wagon. The nametag Suburban is linked to modern GM products, mostly of a gigantic size. But suburban was not a GM nametag when it was first associated with automobiles. It was the woody wagon builders who coined the term for their full-sized custom built body station wagon bodies that could be adapted to virtually any chassis. In the first thirty years of the automobile buyer would simply order either a passenger car or commercial chassis from a manufacturer and have it delivered to the body builder of choice, for a brand new station wagon body to be installed. Typical of this branding was Post with their Suburban station wagon body. Post was no different from other wagon builders of the time used Suburban just like others would use landau, town car, coupe or hardtop as a styling designation. Post ventured from various other wood-based enterprises into wagon building offering production and custom depot hacks and then station wagon bodies. Post’s styling a much a-kin to what the Mifflinburg Body Company, Rauch & Lang or Cotton turned out around the same time. The wagon could be ordered with two, four or six seat configuration or as a Depot Express with no rear seating or side doors. Note: the pass thru space in the second row, which allowed for easy access to the third seat. By the end of the twenties, Post and dozens other station wagon builders were gone from the marketplace. Later on, J.T. Cantrell the station wagon body builder, Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler, Willys would also use the Suburban tag for the station wagon models.