Preserved: 1956 Ford Customline Country Sedan – STILL $28,800

by | Apr 2021 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

May 11, 2021 Update – After a brief pause following their initial ad expiring, we just came across a fresh listing for this 1956 Ford Country Sedan we first featured in early April.  The thorough description, excellent pictures, and price all remain the same.

In 1956 if you needed a station wagon, preferred Fords, but didn’t want to the hassle or look of faux wood, you would likely select a Country Sedan such as the black-and-white-over red, survivor-quality example still listed here on Craigslist in Waldoboro, Maine for $28,800. Reported to be an unmolested original car, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Country Sedan priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $22,300 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $31,500.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a more optimistic assessment as in this case the asking price falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $25,800 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $41,800.

Ford’s Country Sedan was a full-size station wagon the company built in the United States from 1952 until 1974. It was part of the U.S. Ford full-size car line available each year. Throughout those years, The Country Sedan was the mid-trim station wagon in the U.S. Ford range. Unlike the Country Squire, the Country Sedan featured plain body sides. As a full-size wagon, it could carry up to 9 passengers, if so equipped. The Country Sedan was based on the Customline from 1952 to 1954. Beginning in 1955, Ford spun their station wagons into their own series and the Country Sedan continued to represent the mid-trim level station wagon

The Stars and Stripes YouTube  currently features this Ford Station Wagon commercial that would never fly today for a variety of good reasons:

Enthusiasts often say, “They are only original once.” so we love this nicely-optioned Country Sedan for being a time capsule of originality rather than an over-restored example that likely looks better than when it was new. If you are serious about buying this Ford Country Sedan, you can start the conversation by either calling or text Scott at (207) 380-6283. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw his Wagon featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Up for sale is my handsome 1956 Ford Country Sedan. This car is an unmolested original. She still has her original 292 Y block. A very solid car with no rust anywhere. The undercarriage is untouched with original factory undercoating, no rot or repair work. Nice paint. All chrome and stainless in great condition. All windows roll up and down nicely. Nice glass, the vent glass does show some minor separation. All doors open and shut perfectly. Engine runs smooth with plenty of power. Transmission is a three-speed with overdrive. Shifts through the gears nicely. Car stops straight with no pulling. Interior is beautiful. Everything is in working order with the exception of the speedometer. Radio takes a while to warm up. She has been well loved her whole life which is obvious as soon as you climb in. A very cool wagon you can drive anywhere with no worries. Comes with build sheet. Maine is a “No Title State” for cars of this age. Will be sold with registration in my name, bill of sale, and title from previous owner. Third party inspections are welcomed. Price is fixed. Can deliver. Thank you.​

Show or go: what would you do with this original condition Ford Country Sedan?  Comment below and let us know!


    We had a light blue ’56 Country Sedan wagon in the late 50s. My father was a electrical design engineer with Ford who acquired from Ford a “test mule” with a T-Bird 312 with solid lifters (as I recall) that my oldest brother, unbeknownst to our parents, would drag race against his buddies “hot rods”. He usually won. Loved that car much more than the later ’57 my Dad also acquired.

    • Guys with Rides

      Wow, great story Phillip – thank you for sharing!


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