Journal: Five Favorite Tailgating Classics

Five Favorite Tailgating Classics

By Petrolicious Productions
October 28, 2013

Football season is in full swing and there’s no better time than now to turn your SUV or wagon into a mobile restaurant and table dedicated to your favorite team. In anticipation of the scheduled battles of your favorite teams, we’ve assembled some of our favorite vintage cars that are perfect for tailgating and are bound to get your essentials to the stadium in style.

Which classic would you take to a tailgate party?

Jeep Wagoneer

Introduced in 1963, the Jeep Wagoneer was the first luxury 4×4 sport utility vehicle on the market. It provided ample interior space, off-road capabilities, and comfort matched with bold design features. Roll up to the football game in one of these bad boys and the lifted monsters of today will perhaps shed a tear of respect for the vehicle that started it all in the tailgating world.

Chevrolet Nomad

The Chevrolet Nomad is a slice of Americana in its golden years. The Nomad offers comfort, functionality, and futuristic design to keep up with your contemporary mid-century modern lifestyle. Argyle socks, houndstooth, and vinyl interior with enough chrome to blind you even with sunglasses on, the Nomad commands attention everywhere it goes. On the tarmac of a tailgate oasis the Nomad has the home field advantage.

Mercedes 300TD Wagon

Previously received as a ’80s yuppie family icon, the Mercedes 300TD Wagon has morphed into the jack-of-all-trades sub-culture people mover with everything from hipster bio-diesel conversions to rock bands rolling up to the Troubadour with gear in tow. In the role of a tailgating car, the 300TD will surely attract some attention, especially when you decide to pop the tailgate and whip out the grill and coals for all to enjoy.

Volkswagen Bus

The Volkswagen Bus is the iconic cult car of the bunch, a real vintage nomading tailgater’s dream. The Volkswagen Bus stands the test of time with its various models, custom options, and happy-go-lucky design. Some buses were even outfitted with a hot-plate, refrigerator, foldable bed, and canopy. Why go into the stadium at all when you have your very own suite box?

Toyota FJ50 (LWB)

The Toyota FJ50 Long Wheel Base is a truck that actually looks better with battle scars. This utilitarian warthog has been tried and tested across the Sahara Desert to the Amazon rainforests. While yours may not come with such mystique, you’ll likely share these facts happily with fellow motorists whilst popping open your favorite Belgian brew and waiting for your handmade bratwursts to cook on the grill.

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7 years ago

nice cars, look a this car and go to put on your desktop

7 years ago

Fantastic Vintage Cars Wallpapers

Jeff Dreibus
Jeff Dreibus(@jeffdreibus)
8 years ago

The Grand Wagoneer, hands down.

Of course, I am biased: I own an ’88 which has been in the family for years.


Tim Scott
Tim Scott(@noddy)
8 years ago

You cannot be serious! Where is the Range Rover? Preferable a 3 door.

8 years ago

Picture added 😉

8 years ago

My tailgate favorites are the Ford LTD Country Squires, owning a 1977 full options one and driving it as an daily it is the best there is.
What more space can you have on 4 wheels in all the luxury there is?

Saud Qureshi
Saud Qureshi(@fb_754060732)
8 years ago

1993 Buick Roadmaster wagon. Tailgate? Check. LT1? Check!

Future Doc
Future Doc(@futuredoc)
8 years ago

Chevy C/K This is one time a classic pick-up is perfect. Ford F-100 is ok too.

Buick Roadmaster? Ford Ranchero, Any type Packard.

Sorry but the Toyota and VW just are not tailgating cars and the Merc is iffy… not in the South. Tailgating in important to a Clemson Alum.

Josh Clason
Josh Clason(@joshclason)
8 years ago
Reply to  Future Doc

I have seen many a VW bus and a FJ tailgating. I think it depends on what part of the country you are in.

Rui Filipe Aparício
Rui Filipe Aparício(@fb_1241526400)
8 years ago

Can’t believe you forgot the ultimate tailgaitor, the Range Rover… 🙁

8 years ago

hmm, i think the early FJs did not have the pickup tailgate of the later 60s, 80s, and 100s.
Here is my 100 in hood river, OR at dusk, that is is a TAILGATE.

Kyle Howe
Kyle Howe(@kylehowe)
8 years ago

I’d love to tailgate with a VW bus like the one in that picture.

Ryan Lopez
Ryan Lopez(@fb_100004968843639)
8 years ago
Reply to  Kyle Howe

or the jeep