Original Options: 1959 Ford Country Squire 9P – Sold?
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May 31, 2022, 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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Factory Air conditioning, power windows, and cruise control have become standard equipment on just about every car offered in the U.S. today. However, in 1959, these were very expensive options with limited availability. This 1959 Ford Country Squire Nine Passenger station wagon originally listed in May 2022 on Craigslist in Otterville, Missouri (Columbia) is particularly rare to offer all three options normally found only on Lincolns of the day.
Currently offered for $39,000, the Collector Car Market Review indicates the current asking price is higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $35,900 before factoring in the premiums for all of this car’s desirable options. As a second data point, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s asking price is well above this guide’s #1 “Concours” appraisal of $30,245. Bucking that trend most recently is this Black example that sold at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale for $59,000 in February.
Ford produced its fourth-generation Country Squire station wagon from 1957 through 1959. A major shift for this generation was that Ford station wagons no longer shared a body with Mercurys. Rather, Fords shared bodies with the newly launched Edsel Division. Thus Country Squires now shared bodies and a longer wheelbase with the new Edsel Bermuda. All 1957 Fords adopted several design elements of the 1957 Ford Thunderbird, including its wraparound windshield (restyled with a forward-slanted A-pillar), short tailfins, and large round taillamps. To further expand load capacity, Ford engineers redesigned the folding mechanism of the middle seat that provided a completely flat load floor when stowed (the rear seat still had to be removed). To improve loading, designers widened the top half of the liftgate by extending it into the D-pillars.
For 1958, the front end received quad headlamps that were the rage that year while four oval tail lamps replaced the prior year’s two round units. For 1959, coinciding with the wheelbase extension, the Country Squire grew over five inches in length. Adopting styling elements of the Mercury Colony Park and the Edsel Villager, the Country Squire had a less angled front fascia with a wider grille, two large round taillamps, and redesigned tailfins (with turn signal lenses). In a major change, the simulated wood trim around the roof pillars was replaced by stainless steel, leaving the wood trim below the window line. The third seat was redesigned, allowing it to fold flat once the seat cushions were removed and stowed.
The US Auto Industry YouTube Channel has this vintage 1959 Ford Station Wagon Line Overview
Based on the pictures provided, this 1959 Ford Country Squire appears to be a nicely optioned, frame-off restored example that will be ready for the summer show circuit once the new owner resolves the non-working A/C issue.
Here’s the seller’s brief description:
“1959 Ford Country Squire. 9 passenger wagon, 352, automatic, power windows, brakes, steering. Cruise and AC but not functioning. Beautifully restored off frame.”
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