Shaggin Wagon: 1953 Ford Customline Lowrider Wagon – $13,500

June 3rd Update:  Long time GuysWithRides followers may recall we first featured this mildly customized 1953 Ford Station Wagon the owner refers to as “The Shaggin Wagon.”  Despite nine months passing, the private seller remains firm on his asking price of $13,500. We predict more months will pass unless he decides he’s willing to accept a bit less money.  Good luck with the purchase!

This 1953 Ford Customline Lowrider we found here on Craigslist in Lockport, New York piqued our interest.  The private owner currently still has it advertised for $13,500.  Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, private seller currently has his Lowrider priced $2,400 above the #4 “Fair” or daily driver level.

Ford introduced Customline in 1952 as the mid-range model in that year’s US Ford range, positioned above the entry-level Mainline and below the top-tier Crestline trim. Ford marketed the four door station wagon of this middle trim level as the Customline Country Sedan. Ford continued this same trim hierarchy for the ’53 model year with only minor trim changes. Unfortunately , the private seller of what he calls a “Shaggin Wagon” has us make do with only four pictures that don’t include a shot of the engine and a limited written description.  We love the light brown over light brown color combination on this wagon – it just looks right.  The carpet in the front section looks faded, so we would upgrade that soon after purchase to freshen up the interior better than the blue pine tree air freshener shown below ever could.  We love that the “three-on-the-tree” shifter is still in place controlling the manual transmission.  The door speakers confirm the in-dash radio is a more modern unit than original but that the two shaft design could mean it’s an older aftermarket cassette in need of updating. While he doesn’t provide details, sending power to the three-speed manual is a Flathead V-8 benefitting from new headers, fuel pump, carburetor, and ignition system. We’re willing to bet the dual exhaust sounds great.  The subtle de-chroming and gold striping works nicely on this car.  We love the “frenched” power radio antenna in the front fender and Blue Dots installed in the tail lights. 

Overall, if it checks out during your in-person inspection, this wagon has the makings of being a fun cruiser for you and either your friends or family.  Good luck with the purchase!  


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