At a Loss: 1968 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon – SOLD!
October 1st Update – While updating our Wagon Wednesday database, we confirmed this ’68 Ford Country Sedan we first featured last February has been sold. If you are interested in us locating a similar car, please email us to let us know what you are looking for.
Mention the term “Country Squire” to most car enthusiasts and they will immediately think of the full-size faux wood-paneled station wagons Ford offered for many years. However, not as well known is the fact that Ford offered a station wagon for consumers who didn’t like faux wood that was called the Country Sedan such as this 1968 example listed in February 2019 in North Bergen, New Jersey where the current caretaker since 2016 asked $2,850. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller had his Country Sedan priced $3,750 less than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $6,600. The private seller hints that an out-of-state move is forcing the sale and he is offering for less than what he paid for it in 2016.
Ford offered the full-size Country Sedan as the mid-trim station wagon from 1952 through 1974. While also offering to seat for up to nine passengers, unlike the faux wood-paneled Squire, Country Sedans featured plain body sides. By 1968 the Country Sedan was approximate to the Galaxie in trim elements. Two innovative station wagon features Ford provided included the Magic Door Gate which allowed the tailgate on the vehicle to function as a traditional tailgate that could be lowered or a door that swung outward for easier access to the seating area. The Magic Door Gate was made possible through the use of a traditional stationary hinge on the right, and a combination of hinges along the doors left side, which carried the weight of the gate as it swung outward when used as a door. Additionally, unlike GM and Chrysler’s rear-facing third seat, the Country Sedan offered unique side-by-side seating in the rear.
From the pictures provided, this Country Sedan appears to be a solid survivor with a patina’d Royal Maroon exterior and still mostly presentable parchment colored interior with just under 83K original miles. Although the seller does not provide it in their description, the red tags located just behind the front wheels hit at the possibility this wagon came equipped with Ford’s 390 cubic inch V8. While you’ll need to get more details about the history of this car from the seller, this appears to be a great foundation to either continue driving the car as-is or to have what appears to be a mostly solid exterior repaired and repainted.
In our quest to find an old commercial for this car, we stumbled upon what appears to be a video of this exact wagon from four years ago.
Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Selling my 1968 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon. Unfortunately, I’m moving out of state and will not be able to bring the wagon with me.
Approx. 3 years ago new brake lines were installed, hoses replaced, battery replaced, starter replaced, the car started just fine. Recently I’ve had it parked a few months, battery just needs a jump. I have no time to work on the car before I leave so I am selling it significantly less than what I paid for it in 2016.“
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