Jellybean Jewel: 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon 33K – SOLD!

by | Feb 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

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February 21, 2024, Update – We’re not surprised to see the seller delete the Craigslist ad their 33K mile 1995 Ford Taurus Wagonafter only one week as the seller clearly had it priced properly at $6,500. We confirmed the seller of this “ClassiFIND” deleted their listing, so we can now 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.

Ever notice how some cars that were once everywhere aren’t anymore? The first and second generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable are one of those cars. When launched for the 1985 model year, their distinctive “Jelly Bean” aerodynamic styling represented a radical departure from the squared-off, downsized look Detroit of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was the right car at the right time and Ford produced record numbers of the cars in both sedan and wagon form.  Through the late 1980s and the 1990s, Taurus and Sables were easy to spot.  As time marched on, however, Rad Era (1980-1999) Taurus and Sables became a rare sight on U.S. roads as their owners ran them into the ground.

It was during that time I was starting a family.  Resisting the minivan craze (I would eventually cave in), I felt a station wagon would be the best choice.  At the time, Car & Driver Magazine listed the Mercury Sable LS as one of their Ten Best cars, so that mad it an easy choice.  On top of the Car & Driver magazine recommendation, this print ad sealed it for me:

1990 mercury sable print ad

Actually finding an LS spec wagon at the time, however, wasn’t. Eventually, though, in the spring of 1992, I found a beautiful loaded two-tone 1990 12k-mile “Demo” with a rare moon, the rarer gold-tinted Instaclear® heated windshield, and the best option ever created: Ford’s driver-door-mounted keyless entry pad. I loved that wagon for the five dependable years we owned it before trading it on a 1996 Chrysler Town & Country. Rochester, New York is a small town, so it was not that peculiar when a co-worker unwittingly bought the Sable wagon I recently traded in. Consequently, for the next two years, I had to see the Sable every time I walked into the office to remind me of how I regretted that decision.

Since starting GuysWithRides nearly five years ago, I’ve hoped to come across a similar first-generation Mercury Sable wagon to feature.  Sadly, you just do not see these cars on the road very much anymore.  When I do, they tend to be very well used and not much interest to most of the enthusiasts who visit this website. One notable exception is this Taupe 1995 Ford Taurus Wagon For Sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Poquoson, Virginia (Norfolk) in February 20024, is a documented 33K original mile survivor example. In their description, the seller states, “Maybe (sic) the only one in the country in this condition.” Based on our experience trying to find one to feature, we would have to agree,

Last offered for a firm $6,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all Taurus model years and body styles and powertrains.  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 downloadable 2023 Old Cars Price Guide Big Book confirms the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Fine” estimate of $4,700 and it’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $6,700 for a completely stock example.

The 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon represents a significant iteration in the Sable lineup, offering a blend of versatility, comfort, and performance tailored to the needs of families and individuals seeking a spacious and reliable vehicle. In this detailed technical description, we will delve into various aspects of the 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon, covering its design, engine specifications, transmission, chassis, interior features, and safety elements.

The 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon showcases a sleek and aerodynamic design, characteristic of its era. Its elongated body provides ample space for passengers and cargo while maintaining a relatively low coefficient of drag for improved fuel efficiency. The wagon variant offers a versatile rear cargo area, complemented by a roof rack for additional storage options. Stylistic elements such as the signature Mercury grille and integrated body-colored bumpers contribute to its refined appearance.

Under the hood, the 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon typically houses a robust engine designed to deliver a balance of power and efficiency. One of the common engine options for this model year is the 3.0-liter Vulcan V6 engine. This powerplant generates around 140 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque, providing ample acceleration and towing capability for everyday driving needs.

The power from the engine is efficiently transmitted to the wheels through a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. The 1995 Sable Wagon often features a four-speed automatic gearbox, which optimizes gear ratios to ensure seamless acceleration and fuel efficiency across various driving conditions.

Built on a sturdy unibody chassis, the 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon offers a stable and comfortable ride. Its suspension system, typically featuring MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear, provides responsive handling and absorbs road imperfections effectively, enhancing both comfort and control for occupants.

Inside the cabin, the 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon offers a spacious and well-appointed environment tailored for passenger comfort and convenience. Plush cloth or optional leather seats provide ample support during long journeys, while adjustable seating configurations enable versatile cargo arrangements. The dashboard layout is ergonomic, with intuitive controls for essential functions such as climate control, audio, and infotainment.

Safety is paramount in the design of the 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon, with a range of features aimed at protecting occupants in the event of a collision or emergency. Common safety elements include dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and side-impact door beams, which bolster structural integrity and mitigate the risk of injury during accidents. Additionally, optional features such as traction control and electronic stability control further enhance the vehicle’s stability and handling dynamics, particularly in adverse weather conditions.

The 1995 Mercury Sable Wagon exemplifies a harmonious blend of versatility, comfort, and safety, making it a compelling choice for individuals and families seeking a practical yet refined vehicle. With its sleek design, robust engine performance, spacious interior, and comprehensive safety features, the Sable Wagon remains a timeless classic in the automotive landscape, offering enduring appeal and reliability for discerning drivers.

The MotorWeek RetroReview YouTube Channel features this 1991 test drive of the then new 1992 second-generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable lineup:

Based on the pictures and the seller’s description, this 1995 Ford Taurus for sale is a extremely low mileage survivor quality example that presents in like new condition.

If you are serious about buying this Taurus for the seller’s firm asking price, 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 Jelly Bean Ford wagon featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Mercury Sable Wagon (only 33k miles)

Older lady owned and garage kept.
Only 33k actual miles. Carfax and state inspection reports to support mileage.
Paint and interior in pristine condition.
Plenty of service records.
Seats 8 with backward facing 3rd row
Newer battery and tires.
No rust
This is a real time-capsule. Maybe the only one in the country in this condition.
Price is firm

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor-quality 1995 Ford Taurus Wagon for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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