Showdown: $10k Wagon Battle

It’s long been the mission statement of Hooniverse to act as the online equivalent of standing around in the driveway, BSing about cars. As is often the case, things boil down to a showdown between two vehicles. Mustang Vs Camaro, Lancia Delta Integrale Vs WRX, Porsche 917 Vs Ford GT40. Rather than set things up with rigid rules or a laborious running theme, we’ve decide to use our nifty poll plugin to spur debate over whatever the hell we happen to find on a given day. In a completely unexpected move, the inagural Showdown is between two big-boned classic wagons…

Ford FE 427 V8
427 or 352? No one knows!

Maybe you’re looking to get in on some of that sweet Ford wagon action. Here’s your chance! This ’66 Country Sedan is in nearly impeccable shape, no doubt from not being used to haul engines and transmissions around. The engine’s a bit of a mystery, though. The fender badge and air-cleaner sticker claim it to be a 427, which is what the seller claimed the first time they listed it. This time around, they’ve backed off from the 427 claim, just saying it’s a 352ci (which is what the “X” in the  VIN decodes as)”with some work done”. So, you’ve got a nice clean wagon with either a warmed-up 352 (no slouch in its own right) or a stonking 427. The $9.5k starting bid and $11k buy it now take it out of Too Cheap to Pass Up territory, but that’s still a hell of a lot of car for the price of a used Civic.
Ok, straight away, this 59 Chevy Sedan Delivery (aka panel-wagon)’s seller is running for Optimist Of The Year with a $9k buy-it-now. But you’ve gotta think potential when reading this ad. It’s got what appears to be a straight body and decent frame, with some metal work needed on the interior. Along with, you know, installing the rest of the interior. The seller’s offering the aborted project standard pile of parts (“it’s all there, you just need to put it together!”). It does have a killer 454 + muncie 4 speed drivetrain combo in a body that’s super rare. I think we can all agree, this would be a perfect first car for your teenage son.
So, which will it be? Clean Ford with mystery engine or  rat-powered winged windowless wonder?
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  1. Maymar Avatar

    The Chevy suggests to my neighbors that I have anti-social tendencies, while the Ford just suggests I'm eccentric. I'm leaning towards the one that could more easily be pressed into people hauling duties.

  2. […] you’re looking to get in on some of that sweet Ford wagon action. Here’s your chance! This ‘66 Country Sedan is in nearly impeccable shape, no doubt from not being used to haul engines and transmissions around. … […]

  3. Jo_Schmo Avatar

    If they were in similar shape I would go with the Chevy. However, bang-for-the-buck Ford wins, being in fantastic shape.

  4. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Ford FTW… Killer looks..

  5. Alff Avatar

    That Ford is beautiful. The Chevy could be beautiful, but even then the little Alffs wouldn't enjoy riding in back.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    The Country Sedan is beautiful. By a country mile.

  7. joshuman Avatar

    I have to pick the Ford. Windows are good for helping to quiet screaming children.

  8. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    I voted for the Ford, but have a question for the Hoonigans of superior knowledge…..
    Why was it called the "Country Sedan?"
    I checked one of my favorite reference books, "Standard Catalog of Ford" (which has many errors, but it's still a good source) and it lists 3 trim levels for that size wagon:
    base: Ranch Wagon
    intermediate: Country Sedan
    top trim: Country Squire

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      As in why "sedan" when it's a wagon?
      Although, windowless 2-door wagons (like this Chevy) are commonly called "sedan deliveries"…just to confuse things further.

      1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

        Yeah, that's what I meant… bad writing on my part… why "sedan" when it's a wagon?
        Ahhh, I get it now… "sedan deliveries"… that clears it right up! 😉

        1. CptSevere Avatar

          I have the urge now to listen to some Neil Young. The Live Rust album. The power of suggestion is a strong thing.

  9. CptSevere Avatar

    Oh, that Ford is a beautiful thing, while the Chevy merely shows potential. Crack Pipe on the Chevy, much as I hate to say it. I already have a '66 F100, so the Ford would look appropriate next to my truck. However, poor old Henrietta would show even more age next to this queenly station wagon.
    That Chevy would make a sick gasser, however. Straight front axle, big meats in the back, and a blower through the hood and you'd have something that would scare people.

  10. Tomsk Avatar

    The hoon in me says "Chevy with a straight axle and a Lenco behind a Porcupine Motor with velocity stacks," while the pragmatist in me says "Fully functional Ford."
    That (and witnessing the Ford's intrinsic bitchin'-ness firsthand), sends me Fordward.

  11. engineerd Avatar

    I chose the Chevy. I'm a Ford guy. What's wrong with me?
    It's overpriced for an incomplete project car with rust issues, but I do kind of want it for Home Depot runs and terrorizing my elderly neighbors.
    Seriously, what's wrong with me?

    1. superbadd75 Avatar

      I see nothing wrong with your choice. Terrorizing elderly neighbors sounds like barrels of fun!

  12. MisterX Avatar

    That Ford is Clean no doubt about it …
    But the Chevy has only two doors, no side windows, AND wings, thats tooooo cooool, I want it.
    Add some tasteful paint, put some vintage American Mag Wheels on it and Go-Man-GO!