BF Auction: 1954 Ford Country Sedan

Sold for $4,500View Result

Practicality can be a serious consideration for any enthusiast contemplating a classic purchase. This is particularly true if a family is to be involved in the ownership experience. That is where vehicles like this 1954 Ford Country Sedan fill the void. It is a complete and unmolested vehicle that requires little before it can hit the road again. It is part of an extensive collection that is being downsized, with the owner listing it exclusively with us at Barn Finds Auctions. If you don’t already feel tempted, his decision to offer it with No Reserve could prove irresistible.

The owner acknowledges this Ford received a repaint before coming into his care. The previous owner made the wise decision to retain the original combination of Sandstone White and Cadet Blue. It imparts a classy look, guaranteeing that this Wagon would attract attention for the right reasons. The paint presentation is acceptable for anyone considering preservation, although another refresh would be straightforward. That process would require little preparation because the panels are free from significant flaws. The Wagon isn’t rust-free because the owner confirms the floors require replacement. A quick online search revealed plenty of potential sources for fresh steel, and the prices are extremely affordable. Some spots are visible in the lower rear quarters, but these appear to be a patchable proposition. A few trim pieces require restoration or replacement, but the glass is excellent.

This Ford retains its original interior trim in Blue and White vinyl, complementing the exterior paint combination. Its condition is impressive for a vehicle of this type and age. It should respond to a deep clean, and the two visible vinyl tears could be addressed with blind patches. If that proves correct, a retrim is one cost the winning bidder could avoid. The painted surfaces are free from issues, as is the bright trim. It is common to find these classics with a cracked wheel, but that isn’t a problem here. There are no aftermarket additions, with the original radio occupying its rightful spot in the dash.

Buyers could order their new ’54 Country Sedan with a six under the hood that offered acceptable performance. However, this Wagon’s original owner opted for the 239ci flathead V8 that brought 130hp to the party. They teamed the V8 with a manual transmission with Overdrive, adding power steering for an effortless driving experience. The primary function of these classics is to transport people and possessions in comfort, but this Ford’s ability to cover the ¼-mile in 20.4 seconds was considered impressive in 1954. However, where this vehicle would come to life would be on the open road. Once the driver engages Overdrive, it should effortlessly lope along the highway at 60mph. The owner confirms the Ford runs, but the engine is slightly smokey. One front spring has broken, but neither problem sounds particularly daunting. The Wagon retains its original 6-volt electrical system, but the owner includes a new complete 12-volt conversion kit, still in its box, for the buyer to install.

The longer I look at this 1954 Ford Country Sedan, the easier it is to imagine a young family climbing aboard with a picnic hamper in the back, ready for a day of relaxed motoring. The vehicle could make the dream a reality with little effort. Its mechanical needs are relatively minor, while the parts are readily available for the winning bidder to consign its rust to a distant memory. If you’ve long harbored a dream to own a classic Station Wagon, bidding on this one could make the dream a reality.

  • Location: East Point, Georgia
  • Mileage:  TMU
  • Engine: 239ci V8
  • Transmission: Overdrive Manual
  • VIN: U4FX172298
  • Title Status: Clean

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Sold for: $4,500
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Ended: May 22, 2023 12:30pm MDT
Winner: bobo
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    bobo
    bid $4,500.00  2023-05-17 16:06:34
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    LIC 23 Group bid $2,050.00  2023-05-17 07:54:17
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    papalou67 bid $1,950.00  2023-05-16 14:48:24
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    LIC 23 Group
    bid $1,800.00  2023-05-15 17:45:57
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    beardog99 bid $1,050.00  2023-05-15 10:18:19
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    ET bid $157.50  2023-05-15 10:01:29

Comments

  1. Avatar photo bobhess Member

    Ford introduced the overhead valve V8 for ’54. Are you sure this has a flathead engine? Nice old wagon. Fix the rust and paint and you have a great looking piece of Ford history.

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    • Avatar photo Rick

      Canadian built Fords still had the flathead through 1954. They also didn’t get any six cylinder engines until 1957.

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    • Avatar photo Dan Baker

      I agree Bob. The Y block OHV V8 should have been in a ’54. I remember them well.

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      • Avatar photo al

        yes and if you look at picture of front fender you will see Y v8 sign

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    • Avatar photo MICK George.

      Ford of Canada kept the side valve and the king pin front end which we i Australia used.The 272 OHV Engine arrived in Australia in 1955 and stayed till 1959 in the 55 4 door sedan and ute [ Ranchero ] we only ever got 4 door sedans but they were all V8.

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  2. Avatar photo Lincoln B Member

    More photos please, under hood and body?

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  3. Avatar photo Jerry Voss

    A 239 was also available as a y block.

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    • Avatar photo Joe S.

      Was the flathead still available in ’54 on the Ford car lines? I know ’54 was the first year power windows/seats were available on the Ford coupes-sedans-wagons-convertibles.

      Still in love with a ’54 Ford Convertible with every factory option of the period. Was listed with a classic car dealer in Southern California whose name escapes me.

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      • Avatar photo Rick

        Canadian built Fords were still equipped with the flathead V8 through 1954. They also didn’t get six cylinder engines until 1957.

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  4. Avatar photo Kenneth Carney

    Flathead V-8s were offered early in the ’54 model year as the new OHV
    Y block engines weren’t ready yet. And yes, the Y block engine was also a 239 cube unit that made 161 HP with the Fordomatic tranny. Can’t recall what the horsepower was with a 3 on the tree and OD. My uncle had
    a 4-door sedan with a manual transmission in it. From what I recall,
    (I was 5 or 6 when he owned it) it was
    pretty much beat to hell when he owned it. Mom borrowed it once and had to start it by touching the 2 wires
    together to start it! I forget how she
    turned it off but it wasn’t long before
    Unc traded the sedan for a really nice
    ’55 Crown Victoria hardtop. Ah, the
    Good old days!

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    • Avatar photo Richard

      Thanks, I didn’t know that the flathead V-8 was sold in early 1954 models.
      At a price, this car would probably be a straightforward restoration.

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    • Avatar photo al

      if you notice on the front fender it has a y block v8 sign

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  5. Avatar photo Richard

    Thanks, I didn’t know that the flathead V-8 was sold in early 1954 models.
    At a price, this car would probably be a straightforward restoration.

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  6. Avatar photo Randy

    If really a flathead, is this car from Canada? Canadian 54’s came with flatheads. I saw one in Buffalo, NY several years ago.

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  7. Avatar photo Calipag

    I’m interested what this sells for. Mine is very similar to this. Mine has the Y block with the overdrive 3 manual.

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  8. Avatar photo JDB

    poor job of presenting this car. 1954 was the transition overhead valve engine, I read the comment that the Y block was not ready, but Ford says it was. a picture of the engine would put this to rest, don’t you think. I suspect the floor, at least on the on the drivers side. a picture with the floor cover removed, again solves a lot of guessing. given the rust we see, what is the remainder of the floors look like. This could be a strong player with those bidding with more information.

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  9. Avatar photo Jack Quantrill

    Had a ‘53, with fake wood on sides. It was a gutless wonder!

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  10. Avatar photo Randy

    My father had a friend that had a 54 Country Squire. The light colored trim was real wood and it was rotting. I don’t think it was much over 5 years old. My cousin and a couple friends stripped the wood and the contact paper fake wood, filled the holes and painted it. They were not professional painters. They were teenagers with a spray gun. Then they put Country Sedan trim on it.

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    • Avatar photo scott m

      And got it back on the road I bet! Backyard mechanics for the win!

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  11. Avatar photo LIC 23 Group

    Horrendous Photos. Id like to bid up but please provide clear clean photos including, interior, undercarriage and motor.

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  12. Avatar photo Reginald Grover

    My first car was a ’54 2 door sedan with the OHV and 2 speed Fordomatic. Nice car and surprisingly quick.

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  13. Avatar photo Vincent Martinelli

    The asking price is listed on the rear of the vehicle by the way. Photos of the motor? Undercarriage? Interior closeups? Does it run?

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  14. Avatar photo Chuck Holmes

    Sweet car. When I was a kid we had a 54 country squire. Red & cream with lumber. As teens my brother & I had a few between us including a nice ragtop V8. Metallic blue with red & white Tijuana tuck & roll. In about 1965. Loved those Yblocks

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  15. Avatar photo skody54 Member

    I would love to bid on this but I picked up a 68 Mustang a couple months ago. Could you leave it there? Haha

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  16. Avatar photo Kimberlee Lee

    When I was about six years old, my dad had one similar to this one. What I remember was that the upholstery was red and brown with cowboys and Indians. It was a cruiser. My mom took use bowling one day and when she went to start it it caught fire. If I remember correctly, it was the rotor in the distributer. Don’t laugh too hard if that was ridiculous. It was a cool car.

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