Classic Carrier: 1964 Ford Galaxie Country Squire 50K – SOLD!

by | Jan 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

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January 24, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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.

By the early 1960s, station wagons were quickly becoming the popular choice of primary car in American suburbs across the country. Not only did station wagons provide daily transportation to a family’s children and their friends, but it in many cases it found annual vacation duties traversing the vast landscape of the United States. Ford was the station wagon king of all domestic automobile manufacturers during this time.  Proof of this can be found by watching the 1964 Ford Wagon commercial we feature further below in this post.

Among all of Ford’s long roof models during this period, the full-size, Galaxie 500 based Country Squire stands out among enthusiasts as the symbol of the station wagon body style. Not only did Country Squire provide all the comfort and convenience of a full-size wagon, it featured faux wood harking back to a time when wagon bodies were mainly constructed of wood.

This Rangoon Red 1964 Ford Country Squire For Sale, last spotted on Craigslist near San Diego, California in January 2024, is a classic example now available for sale. The buyer of this 50K original mile survivor quality example has the option of enjoying the car as is, or perhaps restoring it to it’s like-new glory.

Last offered for $13,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well below guide’s five year results for all fifth-generation Country Squire station wagons.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,450 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $16,300 before making adjustments for powertrain and convenience options.

1964 was the final production year of the fifth generation Ford Country Squire station wagon first launched for the 1960 model year.  Despite being the fianl model year, production of nearly 47K units was the highest for this generation.  As a result, the 1964 Ford Country Squire station wagon stands as an iconic example of American automotive design from the mid-20th century. This vintage vehicle, part of Ford’s full-size lineup, exudes a distinctive charm with its wagon body style and a perfect blend of performance, comfort, and utility.

At the forefront of the Country Squire’s allure is its classic exterior design. The wagon boasts a long, sleek profile with clean lines and subtle curves, showcasing the timeless elegance of mid-60s automotive styling. Its front end features a bold chrome grille with prominent horizontal bars, flanked by quad headlights that seamlessly integrate with the overall design.

The most notable feature of the 1964 Country Squire is its “woodie” design, a nod to the earlier era of wooden-bodied station wagons. While the structural components were steel, the exterior panels simulated the appearance of wood, giving the vehicle a rustic, yet sophisticated, look. This distinctive design element, though not functional in the traditional sense, became synonymous with the Country Squire, setting it apart from other wagons of its time.

Under the hood, the 1964 Country Squire boasted a range of engine options to cater to diverse driver preferences. The standard powerplant was a robust 289 cubic inch V8 engine, delivering a respectable 200 horsepower. For enthusiasts seeking more power, Ford offered an optional 352 cubic inch V8 engine. The engines were mated to a smooth-shifting automatic transmission, offering a comfortable and effortless driving experience.

As a full-size, rear-wheel-drive car, the Ford Country Squire exhibited handling characteristics typical for the period, thanks to its independent front suspension and leaf-spring rear suspension. The power steering system enhanced maneuverability, making it surprisingly agile for a vehicle of its dimensions. The combination of power and handling made the 1964 Country Squire a reliable and enjoyable vehicle for both long road trips and daily commuting.

Inside, the Country Squire welcomed occupants with a spacious and well-appointed cabin. The wagon was designed to accommodate large families and their cargo, providing a generous amount of legroom and headroom for passengers in all three rows. The rear-facing third-row seat, a characteristic feature of many station wagons of the era, added to the overall passenger capacity.

The interior materials reflected the luxury and comfort standards of the time. Plush upholstery adorned the seats, and the dashboard featured chrome accents and a well-organized instrument cluster. Convenience features, such as power windows and air conditioning, were available as optional extras, contributing to a pleasurable driving experience.

While safety standards of the 1960s were not as stringent as today’s, the Country Squire incorporated several features to enhance occupant safety. The vehicle featured lap belts for front-seat passengers, and later in the model year, optional shoulder belts became available.

From a technological perspective, the Country Squire showcased the automotive advancements of its time. An optional AM/FM radio and power tailgate window were available, providing drivers with additional comfort and entertainment options.

The 1964 Ford Country Squire station wagon remains a classic representation of American automotive ingenuity. Its distinctive design, powerful performance, spacious interior, and technological features contribute to its timeless appeal. Whether as a nostalgic reminder of a bygone era or a cherished collectible for automotive enthusiasts, the Country Squire stands as a testament to Ford’s commitment to craftsmanship and innovation in the mid-20th century.

The Cars & Stripes YouTube Channel features this 1964 Ford Commercial highlighlighting all of the company’s station wagons offered that model year:

Based on the seller’s description, the seller completed the basics we would also perform (new tires, battery, brakes, and gas tank) to get their 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Squire for sale ready for daily driver duty.  The next caretaker has the option to simply add the replacement interior pieces the seller will include in the sale and enjoy the car, or they can take it to the next level by restoring the very straight body.  Given this car’s classic color combination, this is a wagon we would seriously consider making that investment in.  The only question we have for the seller are confirmation of the car’s motor size as Ford offered either a standard 289 or an optional 352 cubic inch V8 that year. We would also like to see pictures of the undercarriage to confirm this barn find benefitted from concrete rather than dirt floors.

If you are serious about buying this Country Squire, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their full size Ford station wagon for sale featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1964 Ford Galaxy Country Squire Station wagon. Barn find Surfers dream machine! Awesome patina with all original equipment. Low miles 50k with V8, Auto trans. New white wall tires, battery, brakes, & fuel tank. Have all interior pieces to complete. Drive as is or build up to an awesome & Rare cruiser.

Restore or drive as-is: What would you do with this survivor-quality 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Squire for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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