1974 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon
Sold at $45,920
Gooding & Company, Amelia Island. FL, Mar. 8, 2019, Lot 85
Utility was the strength of a 1970s wagon. Beautiful? No. Fast? No. Good at hauling the family around town? Now we’re talking.
At just under 19 feet long, over 6.5 feet wide and weighing 5,004 pounds, the Country Squire was like a 2001 Ford Excursion SUV before its time. Instead of a 7.3-L Power Stroke diesel, this land yacht featured a 460-ci V8 pumping out a wheezy 195 hp.
It’s interesting that even models with no redeeming qualities can bring big prices thanks to novelty status and cool factor. That’s the case with our green wagon’s stunning $45,920 selling price at Gooding and Company’s Amelia Island auction. No, it’s not the same kind of cool as the hell-blazing Dodge Demon — but cool nonetheless. These things used to be everywhere. But like TV Guide, pull-tab beer cans and Jimmy Hoffa, they just kind of up and disappeared one day. Finding one in time-warp condition like this is sort of like your long-dead uncle appearing one day, back long enough to slap you on the back, crack open one of those beers and tell you about “when cars were cars.” Surprising. Familiar. Somewhat vexing.
The truth of the matter is I get it. If I had $46k to drop on a novelty LTD Country Squire and a place to store it, I’d have been there, raising my paddle. It is unlikely that there is another one of these time-warp wagons anywhere in the world, and that counts for a lot. Yes, this was hugely well sold, but what’s reliving lost history worth to you? —Chad Taylor
Photos: Josh Hway, courtesy of Gooding & Company
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