Second Seller: 1953 Ford Custom Line Lowrider Wagon – Sold?

January 24, 2023, Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s history, we suspect it may not be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

December 22, 2022 Update – After a one-month pause following the expiration of their last Craigslist ad, the second seller of this vintage Ford wagon we’ve been tracking the sale of since the fall of 2019 posted a fresh listing.  Since the last listing, the seller added a new battery and posted a video of the car running.

November 8, 2022, Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, we suspect it may not be sold yet given the seller’s history.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing.

October 4, 2022 Update – The seller replaced their expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and asking price all remain the same.

September 28, 2022, Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s history, we suspect it may not be sold yet.  We’re labeling this ride “Sold?” until we spot a fresh listing.

August 26, 2022 Update – The seller replaced their expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The description, pictures, and asking price remain the same, save for adding a link to watch a video of the car running.

July 26, 2022 Update – The seller replaced their expired Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  In it the seller elected to increase their asking price from $10,000 to $11,500.

July 6, 2022 Update – The seller just lowered his asking price by another $2,500 to land at an even ten large now.  The seller wants this wagon out of his sight!

June 15, 2022 Update – When this 1953 Ford Custom Line wagon seller reached out to us for a price valuation, we immediately recognized it. Sadly, the current seller confirmed he traded an all-steel ’53 F-100 pickup in excellent condition for this misrepresented wagon. He is now more honestly presenting it with updated pictures as a driver-quality example for $12,500.

August 2020 Update  – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now assuming we can call this one “SOLD!” unless we come across an updated listing.

June 3, 2020 Update – Longtime 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, the private seller remains firm on his asking price of $13,500. We predict more months will pass unless he decides to accept a bit less money.  Good luck with the purchase!

This 1953 Ford Customline Lowrider we found originally in the Fall of 2019 in Lockport, New York, that piqued our interest remains for sale by the second seller in June 2022 on Craigslist in Ligonier, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh).  The private owner still has it advertised for $10,000 (the original ask was $13,500).  Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the private seller currently has his Lowrider priced at $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 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 to control the manual transmission.  The door speakers confirm that the in-dash radio is a more modern unit than the original but that the two-shaft design could mean an older aftermarket cassette needing 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 work nicely on this car.  We love the “frenched” power radio antenna in the front fender and Blue Dots installed in the taillights. 

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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