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Last Land Barge: 1978 Ford LTD Country Squire Wagon


Large but effective, this Ford LTD Country Squire is capable of hauling the biggest of families, or groups of friends. After an undisclosed amount of time in storage this Country Squire was revived and is in excellent condition. Even the air conditioning is still functional making this street boat family ready. Although in running condition it appears this Ford may still need some tlc to be reliable and ready for street duty. Priced with an opening bid of $3,750, or a buy it now price of $6,500, we think somewhere in the middle isn’t too bad for this Ford wagon. Find it here on ebay out of Fulton, New York.


In the nose of the beast lies  a 351 V8 with an automatic transmission. There is some various surface rust present in the bay that could easily be rectified. Although this engine runs, it may be good to plan out some tune up and maintenance items to make this Ford street ready.


The interior is pretty nice and showing minimal wear and abuse. The seats appear to be undamaged and the only items showing some age are the carpet and the steering wheel. The mold and dirt on the steering wheel would likely clean off easily. The dash and gauges look great showing this Country Squire saw little to no sun in its hibernation.


Whatever your needs may be, there is plenty of room in this Country Squire. The cargo area, and rear seating, look nice only needing a minor cleaning to shine. From the outside there is little rust to be seen. There are faint spots where surface rust is starting to form in the door jams, and on the rear wheel arches, but there is no rot to be found. The rockers are in awesome shape, with no evidence of severe rock chipping. The wood applique looks solid looking to only have a minor fade issue on the front driver fender.


1978 was the last year for the big wheelbase LTD and this is the last year for the large Country Squire wagon as well. How many of you grew up with a big station wagon like this? Have any fond memories? What would you do with this Country Squire?


  1. Capt Doug

    Check out this “Secret Society” dedicated to faux wood station wagons

  2. Luke Fitzgerald

    How it’s not worse is a miracle – it sure hasn’t been in a temp controlled warehouse – a scrub, white walls – kapow!

    • SSPBill

      My Dad had a gold one just like this. Some of my earliest memories (and I’m not laying about this) are the smells of fiberglass resin and Bondo coming from the garage every spring as my Dad attempted to fight of rocket and tailgate rot front m long rustbelt winters.

  3. Ed P

    When these were new, I thought the wood grain sides looked great when new. Unfortunately, the new look rarely lasted and I have no idea how to restore it unless it is replaced. Nice clean example of a ‘Family Truckster’. As is, the performance and gas mileage would be abysmal.

  4. Rick F

    Years ago we would use a spray on furniture polish to bring the color of the “wood grain” back. Applied once a quarter, it would retain its “new” look!
    Don’t remember the brand of the the polish though.

  5. JCW Jr. Member

    Remember my dad looking for a car. A friend of mine had a car lot and got in a real nice 78 LTD 2Dr.. dad went to look and saw a 77 LTD SW. Red on Red. He bought both. The 2Dr. was a loaded Brohme the wagon was like this one only no wood. Both nice dependable cars. About 16 mpg pretty standard mpg for those year cars.

  6. erikj

    I bought one of these 2 years ago or so. It was straight,no rust almost perfect and a good running 429. drove it home and while cleaning it,the wood was very weathered. I had some clearcoat so after cleaning it I shot it with clear and it looked great.
    bought that for 275.00 and sold it to a guy that had a muscale car lot. he lowered it in the front,put nice tires and tinted the windows looked neat. I sold it to him for 2100. it was on his lot for 7500 and gone in a week.We both did good!!

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  7. DonaldCanada

    Well it’s already sold!I’m not surprised, I own 4 Mercury Colony ‘75,77’2x’78 and one ’78 Ford Country Squire!!

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