Chevrolet Kingswood Estate
The Chevrolet Kingswood Estate was a station wagon produced by Chevrolet from model years 1969 through 1972. Features which distinguish it from the Kingswood (non-'Estate') are the addition of faux-wood paneling on the sides and tailgate, and a slightly fancier interior.
|Chevrolet Kingswood Estate|
1972 Chevrolet Kingswood Estate Wagon
of General Motors
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door wagon|
|Platform||GM B Body|
Chevrolet Bel Air
|Engine||350 cu in (5.7 L) V8
400 cu in (6.6 L) V8
454 cu in (7.4 L) V8
|Transmission||three-speed manual (1969-1971½)
Turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed automatic (optional 1969-1971½, standard 1971½-1972)
|Successor||Chevrolet Caprice Estate|
Chevrolet's Top Wagon
The top-of-the-line Kingswood Estate debuted in 1969 at $3565. Optional concealed headlamps provided further distinction on a small number of 1969 models. Based on the full-sized rear-wheel drive GM B-body platform, it was available only with a V8 engine. Its sedan equivalent was the Chevrolet Caprice, and starting in 1973 this model would be referred to as the Caprice Estate wagon. It was considered the most deluxe station wagon offered by Chevrolet at the time.
The 1969 and 1970 Kingswood Estate (and other full-size Chevrolet wagons) were equipped with a two-way tailgate that, when open sideways, revealed a cutout in the rear bumper that allowed passengers to step into the bumper as they entered the third seat or loaded the optional roof luggage carrier.
On 1971-1976 models, the full-size Chevrolet wagons were redesigned to include the a clamshell design, marketed as the Glide-away Tailgate, in which the window retracted into the roof and the tailgate retracted below the load floor.
Beginning in 1973, Chevrolet once again reverted to using the same model names for wagons as the rest of the line, and the Kingswood Estate was rebranded Caprice Estate.
- Cars of the Sizzling '60s, by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide, page 403.
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