In this episode of Big Muscle, host Mike Musto takes us back to the days when wagons ruled mall parking lots and crossovers were not a twinkle in engineers’ eyes.
Owned by Mike Artman, this 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari wagon was originally an ambulance. Today it’s a restomod with a massive 468 cubic-inch big block sitting under its unsuspecting hood. As Musto discovers, the car has no problems doing a proper burnout; however, it does have issues coming to a halt. With manual brakes all around, Musto urges the weak-legged to avoid driving this Catalina or else risk rear-ending, “everything you come across.”
The wagon itself is a total sleeper, but cut springs and bigger wheels give it a menacing look over a stock Catalina Safari wagon. Nevertheless, it certainly looks tamer than the bite it actually produces. Plus, it still has a working siren from its days as an ambulance. Awesome.