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Ford Country Squire

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A station wagon produced by Ford from 1950-1991.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Country Squire page on 27 April 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Country Squire (later the Ford LTD Country Squire) is a line of full-size station wagons that was assembled and marketed by Ford Motor Company from the 1950 to 1991 model years. Sold only as part of the full-size product range, the Country Squire was marketed as the premium station wagon of the Ford division, distinguished by its wood-grain body trim. As of the 2017 model year, the Country Squire remains the third-longest used car nameplate by Ford in North America (41 years), behind only the Thunderbird (46 years) and Mustang (53 years, in production).

As part of the full-size Ford model line, the Ford Country Squire would be paired with several Ford models over its production run. During its first two generations, the Country Squire was based upon the Ford Custom Deluxe (and the Ford Crestline that replaced it). From 1955 to 1968, station wagons were a separate model line from Ford sedans, though the Country Squire shared its interior trim with the Fairlane (and the Ford Galaxie that replaced it). For 1969, as station wagons were consolidated with Ford sedans, the Country Squire became part of the Ford LTD model line. As the LTD became the Ford LTD Crown Victoria in 1983, the LTD Country Squire remained a full-size station wagon through the 1991 model year.

Following the demise of the Edsel division, Ford and Mercury consolidated much of their exterior bodywork to streamline production. From 1961 to 1991, the Mercury Colony Park became the Lincoln-Mercury counterpart of the Ford Country Squire.

For the 1992 model year, the Ford LTD Crown Victoria was replaced by the redesigned Ford Crown Victoria, leaving the Country Squire with no direct replacement through its 2011 discontinuation. As of 2017, Ford does not sell a sedan-based station wagon in North America.

Although all Ford Country Squires feature wood-grain body trim, only the first-generation 1950-1951 versions are true "Woodies". To reduce the production cost of station wagons, for 1952, Ford replaced wooden body construction with an all-steel body. Subsequently, exterior body trim consisted of simulated woodgrain (with varying degrees of coverage on the body). The genuine wood body panels were manufactured at the Ford Iron Mountain Plant in the Michigan Upper Peninsula from lumber owned by Ford Motor Company.

During the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, other variations of the Squire name would be used on other Ford wood-grained station wagons, including the Falcon, Fairlane, Torino, Pinto, Grand Torino, LTD II, Fairmont, Escort, Granada and mid-size LTD (the last to use the Squire name).


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1957 Ford Country Squire Model Car - Suburban Tire 1957
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1959 Ford Country Squire ThunderWagon Allison Thunderland Dragster Model Car 1959
"ThunderWagon"

Allison Thunderland chassis & engine
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 8, 2009
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1959 Ford Country Squire ThunderWagon Allison Thunderland Dragster Model Car 1959
"ThunderWagon"

Allison Thunderland chassis & engine
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 8, 2009
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1959 Ford Country Squire ThunderWagon Allison Thunderland Dragster Model Car 1959
"ThunderWagon"

Allison Thunderland chassis & engine
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 8, 2009
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1964 Ford Country Squire 1964
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: 7 August 2017
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1964 Ford Country Squire 1964
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: 7 August 2017
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1964 Ford Country Squire 1964
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: 7 August 2017
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1964 Ford Country Squire 1964
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1964 Ford Country Squire 1964
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
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1964 Ford Country Squire 1964
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: 7 August 2017
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1964 Ford Country Squire 1964
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: 7 August 2017
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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McHenry, Illin
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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McHenry, Illin
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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McHenry, Illin
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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McHenry, Illin
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
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1978 Ford Country Squire 1978
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
3 March 2008NHTSA Recall 08E019000 Intercontinental Auto Parts ALG 44/1, Purolator F10024, 1978-1980 Ford Bronco, 1977 Ford Country Squire, 1977-1980 Ford E-Series, 1978-1982 Ford F-Series, 1980 Ford Fairmont, 1979-1980 Ford Granada, 1977, 1979-1980 Ford LTD, 1980 Ford Mustang, 1975 Ford Pinto
1979 Ford Ranchero, 1977-1980 Ford Thunderbird, 1980 Lincoln Versailles, 1975 Mercury Bobcat, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Capri, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Colony Park, 1977-1980 Mercury Cougar, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1979-1980 Mercury Monarch, 1980 Mercury Zephyr
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
13 February 2012story of my 1977 Ford wagon, TheJonny Valadez


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