Welcome to a Marathon Edition of Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday. Here on the East Coast, we are currently getting hammered by another winter storm of epic proportions, which promises to pile on more snow to the already healthy totals we already have….. so I thought I would try and bring thoughts of spring and summer vacations with a few featured wagons.
And I will start with what is probably the iconic wagon of the 70’s, a 1974 Ford Country Squire.
Vacation time in the US before the first OPEC Oil Embargo consisted of families packing up the full sized wagon, and heading off to some god-forsaken destination. With luggage on the roof, and the dog in the cargo area, American families took to the road to explore the wonders of these United States. That all came to a stop during the first fuel shortage, and during the summer of 1977 it happened again. However, here is your chance to re-discover the joys (or heartache) of driving a vintage 70’s station wagon.
This particular Country Squire has been relisted on eBay, only this time its a no reserve auction. According to the seller:
POWERED BY THE ORIGINAL 400 MOTOR, AUTOMATIC TRANS AND 2 BBL CARB. ONE ORIGINAL OWNER AND COMES WITH THE ORIGINAL BILL OF SALE, WARRANTY BOOKLET AND ORIGINAL OWNERS MANUAL.
THE EXTERIOR OF THIS CAR IS NICE AND STRAIGHT, IT DOES HAVE SOME SMALL AREAS OF RUST WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN MY CLOSE UP PICS. THE PAINT IS ORIGINAL, IT LOOKS NICE BUT HAS A FEW AREAS THAT ARE FADED NEAR THE HOOD – SEE PICS. ALSO HAS OPTIONED FACTORY ROOF/LUGGAGE RACK.
THE INTERIOR IS IN FANTASTIC CONDITION. I HAVE MANY PICS OF THE INTERIOR. THE REAR CARGO AREA HAS THE BI-FOLD DOORS IN THE FLOOR WHICH PROVIDE MORE ROOM FOR STORAGE. CAR HAS POWER STEERING, POWER BRAKES, POWER DOOR LOCKS AND AIR CONDITION. FACTORY AM/FM RADIO STILL WORKS. LIGHTS, WIPERS, BLINKERS ARE ALL IN WORKING ORDER.
THIS CAR ONLY HAD ONE OWNER. THE UNDERNEATH LOOKS GOOD OTHER THAN SOME SURFACE RUST, THE SPARE TIRE WHEEL WELL HAD SOME RUST AT THE BOTTOM AND HAS BEEN REPAIRED. IT RUNS AND DRIVES NICE, IT WAS IN DRY STORAGE FOR MANY YEARS. WHEN I FOUND IT, IT HAD BAD GAS. THE CARB WAS REBUILT AND FRESH FUEL WAS PUT INTO THE CAR. IT RUNS NICE, BUT COULD BENEFIT FROM A PROFESSIONAL TUNE UP.
There are over 70 Images of this car, and the color combination of reddish-brown and wood tone is perfect, and the interior is nearly spotless. With 70,000 miles, the exterior isn’t perfect, but so what. It does have a Class III trailer hitch, perfect for your project car hell, project bike hell, or project house hell (Take your pick). The bidding is currently at $1,000, so if the idea of owning a Malaise Era full sized wood paneled wagon sounds appealing, go here to see the listing.