When it comes to cars that I associate with my grandparents’ era, the Ford LTD is right up there with Volvo 240s and Chevy Celebrities. Fittingly, this 1986 Ford LTD wagon belonged to a World War II veteran who kept in excellent condition, another hallmark of folks like my grandfather who treated his cars with the utmost care and attention. Find this LTD here on eBay that seems to be a genuine survivor with just over 100,000 miles on the clock.
There’s just one small crease on the passenger rear fender due to the previous owner rubbing the side of the garage door when backing out. Otherwise, the body panels and the glass all look as clean and straight as they did when this LTD wagon left the dealer. The Mustang LX alloy wheels look good here, and are mounted on new tires – but the original steel wheels and hubcaps are included. The seller sees some evidence of paintwork and speculates it may have been done under warranty back in the day.
Inside, the interior looks far fresher than a car with 109,000 miles. The red cloth bench seat, fake woodgrain and column shift all add up to a combination that you rarely see today despite practically being standard equipment in American cars not too long ago. Although the seller references the potential to rod this LTD out with a picture of a wagon sporting a Fox Body Mustang front-end and racing stripes down the center, I hope this estate stays completely stock. At most, I could justify swapping in a 5.0 and firming up the suspension.
As the seller points out, however, even in its current form the LTD would likely generate more smiles and attention than a Mustang at cruise nights any day of the week. This LTD sports the 3.8L Essex V6 with fuel injection, and the engine bay looks fairly tidy here. Did you know the LTD was once offered with a propane-powered four-cylinder? Now, that would absolutely be unrepeatable at cruise nights! For a survivor-grade LTD with room for hauling parts home from the swap meet, this example is pretty tough to beat – but the reserve remains unmet.