Blue Canoe: 1969 Ford LTD Country Squire – Sold?
February 17, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Ford’s iconic Country Squire station wagon entered its seventh generation as part of a complete redesign of Ford’s full-size lineup for the 1969 model year. That year, Ford elected to consolidate its branding, consequently, Country Squires were now branded as top-trim LTDs slotted above the Galaxie-based Country Sedan and the Custom 500-based Ranch Wagon. In addition to gaining a two-inch longer wheelbase, The “Magic Doorgate” tailgate was updated to a 3-way design: it could now swing down like a tailgate or swing out with the window down or up (the latter was previously not possible). As part of the LTD line, the Country Squire wore similar interior trim; Country Squires wore the same bodywork from the windshield forward as their LTD sedan counterparts.
The 1969 and 1970 models with their distinctive hidden headlight grille and typical big-block powerplants are seeing growth in popularity with prices starting to reflect that fact. A prime example is this 1969 Country Squire currently originally listed in January 2021 in Milford, Michigan where the current caretaker asked $7,500 firm what appears to be a solid running example. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Country Squire priced $2,200 less than this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $9,700. A somewhat more accurate barometer is the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool where the asking price falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of only $4,650 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $10,000.
In yet another example of a commercial that would never make it off the drawing board today, here’s an example of Ford’s “Wagon Wife” ad campaign for the Country Squire for 1970:
We love the blue-on-blue color combination combined with the presence of the optional 390 cubic inch V8 and factory air conditioning. While it’s quite possible to enjoy driving this car by leaving its exterior patina in place, the carpeting and dashboard appear to be in need of serious help before you start cruising with this wagon.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Selling my 69 Ford Country Squire wagon…6 passengers plus dog area in the back… in very good condition without any major rust spots…barn kept it runs and drives… has a 390 with auto and air power steering manual windows needs a lil TLC but well worth being a restorable classic…you don’t find them this solid and original anywhere for the price! Was 7,500.00 now $7,500.00 (NO TRADES) please call or text me…two four eight 210-9260 thanks!“
Restore or drive as-is: what would you do with this Country Squire? Comment below and let us know!