Restore or Restomod: 1950 Ford Country Squire Project – Sold?

Oct 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

December 1st Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold.  This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330.

Following the end of World War II, automobile manufacturers started moving away from the use of wood-bodied station wagons as they introduced their new post-war designs.  One of the earliest examples was Ford’s two-door, wood-sided, Country Squire station wagon exemplified by this 1950 project car originally listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in Windsor, Vermont equipped with a flat head V8 and an asking price of $7,000.   Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his 122S priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $14,700 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $9,000.

Somewhat late to the Postwar redesign game, Ford introduced its new line of cars for the 1949 model year. For 1950, expanded their lineup the new Crestliner “sports sedan” (a 2-door sedan with 2-tone paint intended to battle Chevrolet’s popular hardtop coupe of 1950) and the Country Squire, which referred to the 2-door wood-sided station wagon. All wagons received flat-folding middle seats at mid-year, an innovation that would reappear in the minivans of the 1990s. The 1949 and 1950 styling was similar, with a single central “bullet” in the frowning chrome grille.  In the center, there was a red space that had either a “6” or an “8” depending on the car’s powertrain.  The trim lines were renamed as well, with “Standard” becoming “Deluxe” and “Custom” renamed “Custom Deluxe”. The new Fords also received the now-famous “Ford Crest” which appeared on the division’s vehicles for many decades in one form or another.

Here’s a 1950 Ford Commerical posted on YouTube demonstrating their full-size lines new soft-riding suspension system:

A running project car that you can likely have a great chance of getting road ready over the coming winter.  These early 50’s Ford Country Squires look great in either stock or modified form and it’s currently at the point where you can decide to take either path with this car.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Starts and runs well. New tires, new windshield, new carb with car, new brakes and master cylinder, new exhaust system. Temporary wiring, good radiator, plaid seat covers. Need to swap front fender and finish restoration.

Would you continue the restoration of this car or turn into a Hot Rod or Restomod?  Comment below and let us know!


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