Station wagons were status symbols once. They commanded higher prices than sedans, and the faux-wood paneling of the '50s, '60s, and '70s wagons grew out of the original wood-bodied wagons of the '30s and '40s. Woodies were sought after by the beach crowd and bring to mind a time when driving one meant freedom and endless summer days in the sun, surf, and sand.

In the '70s and '80s wagons weren't considered cool, but they've made a big comeback and are now usually lower priced than coupes. I decided to show some respect for these family trucksters by creating a custom version of a '58 Edsel Bermuda wagon.

My first thought was chopping the top an inch. Second was to drop it down to a cool stance. Turning the Edsel into a sedan delivery was an easy choice. Deciding how the body lines would match up in the rear tailgate opening was not so easy. I added fins and taillights from a '58 Edsel coupe, and a coupe semi-split bumper to match the front bumper. I removed the rear doors, added coupe doors, shaved the door handles, and angled the B-pillar forward to match the windshield pillars.

To clean up the front, I removed the chrome center ring in the horse-collar grille and added a black mesh. I did the same for the horizontal split grille—and added direction signals and foglights in the front bumper, and slits for cooling the brakes. Some '62 Chevy headlight bezels replace the originals. Five-spoke rims contribute to the look, and a moon roof adds light in the interior. To finish off the rear, I modified the taillights and recessed the license plate. I put backup lights in the bumper and squeezed dual pipes into the center. After trying various colors, I settled on a mix of red and burgundy with a pearl base, with faux wood and a simple graphic inside the fin trim.

I had a great time combining all these elements to create a timeless, one-of-a-kind, cool custom sedan delivery wagon!