It Wednesday, so it must be Wagon Wednesday here at the newly expanded Hooniverse. Malaise era wagons always has a way of brightening up my day, and I hope it does the same for you. Yes, its a Country Squire… Yes, its deep within the Malaise Era… Yes, I am lost in the 70s…
The Ford Country Squire is one of the most iconic nameplates within the Ford family of cars. There wasn’t another wagon that came close as far as name recognition, and that was probably because Ford sold more wagons than anyone else during this period. Think of the Country Squire as the Explorer of the 90s, or the F-150 of today as far as the sales leader. This 1978 version was the last of the really big wagons before Ford introduced their new downsized “Panther” based LTD sedans and Wagons for the 1979 model year.
Just look inside, and you can experience 1978 all over again. Look kids, those funny looking devises on the door? Those are used to raise and lower your windows… Funny thing though, it looks like this car is equipped with power door locks. No, that’s not leather upholstery, but vinyl as the Station Wagon Gods intended, so you can stick to them in the summer, and freeze your ass off in the winter.
This car does have A/C, so its really not roughing it in the summer, and you can carry 7 other passengers, with Ford’s funky rear seats that face each other. On the exterior there is acres of vinyl woodgrain, a nice cream yellow paint scheme, and surprisingly, roof rack free. It had a low power 400 CID V-8, the last time this engine was offered in any Ford Wagon.
High bid for this wagon is $2,640 as of this writing, with an unmet reserve. I feel that this particular wagon should sell for $8.000 or above, but what do you think? See the eBay listing here.