Sunday, March 24, 2013

2.5k: Cheap Woodie: 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire Wagon, Vintage, Zombie Proof

The Ford Country Squire was the upmarket version of the LTD sedan in wagon trim.  Originally sided in actual wood (from a tree!), by the 6th generation it was covered in a vinyl sheet colored to simulate wood grain.  Find this 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon for sale in Pacoima, CA for the bargain price of $2,500 via craigslist.

 The seller is claiming its an LTD, but it is actually the up-model Country Squire.  The paint looks original and in surprisingly good condition, it has the right equipment,and the woodgrain even looks pretty good.  Honestly, the only thing surprising about this car is the asking price and we wonder if the un-photographed side of the car has been in an accident with a snow plow.

 The seller says it starts right up, but does it drive? We can't tell if the plates are current or not.  This wagon is equipped with the 400/2bl engine, a 6.6 liter V8 that was ideal for towing.  The 400 Cleveland puts out 260 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque, but it doesn't suck as much gas as you would expect due to its restrictive 2bbl carb.  In this example, the engine compartment looks cleaned rather than detailed.

We see Brown seat belts and a brown steering wheel center and a weird colored seat bottom, but...
who knows..its probably just baked in the sun.  This car appears to have electric windows which were NOT that common on Fords.  The dash is probably cracked under the dash mat, but who cares at this price.

The seller doesn't mention if its a 10-seater or a 6 seater, and remember, these have the dual facing seats in the way back.  It even has as a receiver hitch on it, making this an ideal tow vehicle for someone with a family and some desert (or racing) hobbies. This car earns both the Vintage and Zombie Proof DT badges for its style and substance.

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1 comment:

  1. This is one ugly beast!...Generations and style away from the beginning Country Squires. If you blow up the pix looks to me like the dinoc is not completely fried.AND original blue plates!



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