Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday – The Affordable Wagons of Goldenrod Garage

Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday. Many of you have complained that I feature wagons that are priced in the stratosphere. That is true at some point, but rarity and condition dictates price, and remember, I did highlight a couple of wagons that were relatively affordable…. If you don’t believe me, just follow this link. Anyway, there is this dealer located in Freeport, Maine that seems to offer cars at a relative bargain. Let’s discover the Affordable (and not so affordable) Wagons at Goldenrod Garage.

I’ll start off with this 1950 Chevrolet “Tin Woodie” wagon. According to the dealer:

just out of lengthy, neglected storage. The car is rusty in the rockers and floor, is a little beat up, and only has one seat, but it is completely original, mostly complete, and it runs and yard drives, with the factory 216 six, mated to the column mounted three speed-a lot of potential for the motivated “bowtie” enthusiast. $2,950.

The next car I would place out of the “affordable” category, but it is a gem of a wagon. It is a 1953 Ford 9-passenger Country Sedan, and according to the dealer:

only 36,012 documented, original miles. It has most of the factory Cascade Green paint over a virtually rust free body, and an immaculate, original, two tone brown interior. The flathead V8 runs whisper quiet, and it is mated to the three speed standard transmission with Overdrive. This wagon is ready for some affordable family fun. $19,500.

Again, not in the affordable category but look at this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Wagon. According to the dealer:

a solid example, finished in Onyx Black, with a complimenting gray mohair interior, powered by a 265 V8, mated to the factory, three speed column shift. It has been updated with front disc brakes, and radial tires, for reliable highway travel. $19,500.

Here is a 1955 Ford Fairlane Country Sedan that was originally a California car. The listing states:

a California car, originally, that has been on the East coast long enough to have developed some rust (not to bad) 272 V8, with a recent valve job, standard shift with overdrive, and new wide whitewalls. $6,950.

Another 1955 Country Sedan, but as the ad states:

1955 Ford Fairlane Country Sedan, a desireable model, but pretty rough, 312 V8, Fordomatic, nearly complete. $3,950

Here is a great looking 1958 Chevrolet Brookwood Wagon (Hey, I grew up with one of these in the same colors!) and according to the dealer:

a generally solid, original car that has been the recent beneficiary of a repaint in the factory colors, Aegean and Tropic Turquoise, and a C.A.R.S. replacement interior. It is powered by the original 283 V8,with Powerglide transmission and dual exhaust, with glasspaks. It runs and drives 100%. $12,900

Here is a 1964 Ford Country Sedan, equipped with a standard, and according to the listing:

an unmolested, original car, with a sweet running 289 V8, matched up to the factory Overdrive transmission. It has a decent original interior, and very minor rust. $5950.

Our last wagon is a 1966 Ford Country Squire, and the dealer states:

A nine passenger wagon, an extra solid, No. Carolina car nicely equipped with the 390 V8, Cruisematic and factory air, finished in the original Medium Turquoise Metallic with a complimenting Aqua interior. This utilitarian hauler has been the recent beneficiary of brakes, tires, exhaust, battery, tuneup, and Dinoc paneling. It has a lot of potential for family fun. $8950

So what do you think about these eight Wagons? If you want to see each listing, click here for the 50 Chevy, the 53 Ford, the 55 Chevy, the 55 Fairlane, the rough 55 Country Sedan, the 58 Chevy, the 64 Ford, and the 66 Ford.

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  1. muthalovin Avatar

    Sorry. I don't know what happened there. 1958 Chevrolet Brookwood Wagon. I like it. A lot, and the blue on blue is really nice. I would take it out of all of these.

  2. Alff Avatar

    I've always admired Goldenrod Garage. I like these guys even more…

  3. topdeadcentre Avatar

    I think the right price/condition/restoration point for me would be the 66 Country Squire.
    That poor '55 Fairlane… "developed some rust" looks a lot more like "rust penetrated through the D pillars and some other choice places."

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    I like the '64 Country Sedan. Three on the tree in a station wagon just seems like it would be a lot of fun, and I've always liked mid sixties Fords. Hell, I like just about every car made in 1964, it seems like it was a good year for the auto industry. Nice, clean styling, understated. As if they were all atoning for the baroque excess of the late fifties and the rocketship Buck Rogers weirdness of the early sixties.

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      For me the styling vertex is around '65, maybe a year or two later. But mid-60's for certain.

  5. facelvega Avatar

    Where's the poll? Nevermind, '66 Country Squire for me.

  6. Buickboy92 Avatar

    I love that 1958 Chevrolet Brookwood Wagon, The best one out of the batch here!

  7. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    For the condition and the price, it's gotta be the '66 Ford Country Squire.
    Price no object, I think I'd take the '55 Chevy.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      I'd take the '66 Ford too – it's the most modern and looks to be the most road-ready.

      1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

        congrats on the triple digits!

        1. tonyola Avatar


  8. From_a_Buick_6 Avatar

    I'll go with the Brookwood. Everything else is either too expensive for what it is or too rough.

  9. alewifecove Avatar

    Old Cars bought, sold and talked about enthusiastically.

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      That line, ever since I was a kid reading their advertisements in the Auto Hunter, has been the main reason I want to head up there next time I'm in a Maineward direction.

      1. alewifecove Avatar

        I live about 15 miles south of them. Have not been there in a few a years. Neil is quite a character.