Car: Ford Fairlane Country Squire Station Wagon
What makes it special: Ford’s Country Squire station wagon was the top-of-the-line model, known for its external woodgrain trim. They were produced for model years 1950 to 1991. After the demise of the Edsel, the Mercury division picked up the Colony Park and the sister to Ford’s Country Squire, sharing both its bodywork and trim. As part of the full-size Ford model range, the Country Squire was part of several model lines.
What made it famous: For the 1955 model year, the 3rd generation Country Squire was introduced. Ford consolidated it’s three station wagons into a distinct model line and separate from its sedan models. Lasting through 1968. the Counrty Squire was Ford’s flagship wagon, with the four-door non wood-trimmed Country Sedan and the two-door Ranch Wagon. Power choices for the Country Squire ran from the 223 cu I “Mileage Maker” inline-6, to the 312 cu in, Thunderbird “Interceptor” V8, mated to a range of a 3-speed or 4-speed manual or 3-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission.
Why I would want one: I absolutely adore the style of this wagon. It’s also some of the last days of real wood trim as opposed to the simulated trim and wood-look decals that would adorn the model in later years.
Fun fact: The Country Squire was discontinued as part of the development of the Ford Crown Victoria in 1992.
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