This Ford Mustang Wagon comes from Dutch Royal dreams

Many years ago, a team comprised of a Ford Advertising executive, a car designer, and a person who loved wagons, came together with the idea of creating something special. It was a Ford Mustang wagon. More specifically, it was a Mustang Shooting Brake. And one was actually built. Barney Clark and Robert Cumberford trekked all the way to Turin, Italy to bring this thing to life with the help of Intermeccanica. I’ve long heard about this car, but I’ve also long heard that this long roof is long gone… and just one was built. But that last bit isn’t quite true. And now I know this for a fact thanks to my friend Jonny Lieberman who snapped a photo of another lovely Mustang shooting brake.

Ford Mustang wagon Dutch Country Squire GT

The car above is called the Dutch Country Squire GT. It wasn’t built by Intermeccanica, but it does seem to have been built to the same exact standards as that “one-off”. This blue beauty, which was originally red, was built for Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. He wanted to use it for hunting so he had a Dutch company convert it into a two-door wagon.

I’ve heard about other wagon transformations but none as well done as the original Intermeccanica car and now this Dutch version. In fact, I assumed that Intermeccanica quietly doled out a few more because a lot of the lines match up. Regardless, it’s very cool to see this thing in good shape and being used. Jonny ran into the car in the parking lot at the Goodwood Revival, which honestly makes perfect sense because that’s the sort of place someone would drive this thing. Goodwood is a bucket list event for a reason (all versions of it).

Thanks to the commenter who pointed me in the right direction on this too:

Ford Mustang wagon Dutch Country Squire GT

An amazing bit of history spotted at an event celebrating amazing bits of automotive history. More photos can be found here: http://bzerob.com/garage/mustang65/mustang65-odd-countrywagon.html

More info can be found here: https://tiremeetsroad.com/2019/05/25/this-1965-ford-mustang-country-squire-shooting-brake-was-built-for-dutch-royalty/

8 Comments

  1. Speaking as the fellow owner of a Dutch-built but not Dutch-badged wagon, I am a bit saddened to see its trailer hitch has been removed.

    1. It’s very cool and generally great looking, but the C pillar could have been pulled even a bit further back, for a more flush rear door.

        1. Dæng, that relation is now established firmly, thoroughly and inseparably. Dutch humpback wagons, a slim, but real niche.

    2. Speaking as the owner of a Ford wagon that has occasionally (but not always) had a trailer hitch, I am a bit saddened to see that they referred to this as a Country Squire, though none of the pictures document even the slightest indication of woodgrain.

      I suppose it would have been too confusing to call it a Country Sedan, as Ford called the un-woodgrained equivalents of Country Squires during that era, particularly since it was a hardtop and not a sedan.

      1. I think they should have thrown a few more Ford words into the name, like, “Ford Mustang Country Squire GT Tudor Prefect Boss”

      2. Yeah the second I saw no woodgrain I said that isn’t a Country Squire. I think they needed to go back a bit further for the name, I think Ranch Wagon is the most suitable family name to borrow.

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