AUCTION: A 1970s Country Squire Goes For $42K

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Yep, you should have bought one when they were cheap. Fake wood wagons have found their market footing, and their values are going nowhere but up.

Country Squire pics from the Auctions America website. Nice ones, we cropped in for the details. 

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It appears that now is the time for the full-sized, fake-wood-paneled wagon to come into its valuable own.

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Full-sized wagons sold in much smaller numbers than their sedan counterparts, and they were typically used up as trucks and delivery vehicles until they finally rusted out and/or dropped dead.

Big wagons vanished after the ’90s; the Ford Country Squire ended in the 1991 model year.

It came from an era that appreciated imagery, no matter how plastic-thin.

From the heart of that era comes this 1974 Country Squire. And its $42K auction price has may have a real impact on the value of wagons like it.

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I’ve noted two die-hard groups of fans of full-sized wagons: automotive journalists, and demolition derby drivers.

The former for their affection of them, and the latter for their appreciation of the wagons‘ stoutness.

Now, the values have caught up to the affection, along with the relative scarcity caused by so many of them being smashed up.

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This particular Country Squire had only 1,400 miles on it – so few miles that the underhood stickers were still fresh.

So if any stratospheric price is to be applied to one of these wagons, it might as well be this one.

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The 1974 Ford’s rich detailing is in full swing here as well.

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The interior is of the typical old-school, vinyl-padded variety.

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The wood-like trim inside is almost as thin as that on the outside.

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No center armrest for the front bench seat…

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…and the rear seat is a solid, vinyl-clad bench as well.

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This Country Squire has a cargo well in lieu of the optional rear facing seats. So this wagon is a simpler six-passenger version.

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Simpler also characterizes the Philco AM radio.

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Redeeming this wagons’ base equipment level are its hood ornament…

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…and its unmarked cargo area and tailgate door.

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My theory as to why my fellow auto journalists and I love these wagons is because they are the opposite of what we look for in the new cars we review, particularly handling balance and design genuineness.

Now these wagons are becoming quite dear, and it’s not just us journos who will soon wish that we’d bought low when we’d had the chance.

Tell us in the comments – what do YOU think of this Country Squire’s value?

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