Chevrolet Kingswood Estate

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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.jpg
1972 Chevrolet Kingswood Estate Wagon
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet Division
of General Motors
Model years 1969-1972
Body and chassis
Class Full-size
Body style 4-door wagon
Layout FR layout
Platform GM B Body
Related Chevrolet Brookwood
Chevrolet Nomad
Chevrolet Bel Air
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Caprice
Chevrolet Biscayne
Pontiac Bonneville
Pontiac Catalina/Laurentian
Pontiac Parisienne
Oldsmobile 88
Buick LeSabre
Powertrain
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)
Chronology
Successor Chevrolet Caprice Estate
1969 Chevrolet Kingswood Estate station wagon. Note the boarding step cutout in the rear bumper.
1970 Chevrolet Kingswood Estate station wagon

Chevrolet's Top Wagon[edit]

The top-of-the-line Kingswood Estate debuted in 1969 at $3565.[1] 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.

Two-Way Tailgate[edit]

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.

Glide-Away Tailgate[edit]

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.

Name-Change[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cars of the Sizzling '60s, by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide, page 403.