Real Barn Find: 1951 Ford Country Squire Wagon

Thanks to Barn Finds reader Matt W. for sending in this cool find! Listed for sale here on eBay, this 1951 Ford Country Squire wagon checks a lot of boxes. Genuine barn find — check. Old American woody wagon — check. Third row seat –check. Wait a minute — third row seat? In 1951? Yup! It’s not even all that far away from me in Annapolis, Maryland. Hmmmm.

Unfortunately, there are a few things missing — like the entire right rear fender. I don’t think you’ll find one of those at your FLAPS (Friendly Local Auto Parts Store). As a matter of fact, I couldn’t find one at all. Anywhere. Not to say they don’t exist, but it will be a challenge. I’d start here. That wood, by the way, is real wood. It’s not available many places either, although I did find a full body kit here for $5,995.

Although the rust definitely extends down to the bottom of the car, the frame looks solid in this shot.

Yes, there will be some work needed.

If it weren’t for the styled steering wheel, I would think this were the front seat in a bus! Very plain but very “tough” styling.

That bus comment works for the back seats as well. I read that the third seat is a very rare option in these wagons, with one article mentioning it as the “holy grail” for Ford woodies. I’m not too sure about that considering some of the great woodies out there, but I do think it would be neat to have! I’ll bet at least a few of you are comparing this in your mind, in restomod form, to the minivan in the driveway and thinking how cool it would be. Me too.

The seller tells us that this 1951 has 66,106 original miles and that it was found in a dairy farm barn in Groton, Connecticut. Not only that, but it was still owned by the original owner at that point. Perhaps there’s some history and documentation that you can go through in the evening after a long day trying to fit wooden parts?


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  1. Mike B

    Someone will find it palletable.

    • jw454

      Ahhh…. We see what you did there. LOL


      What’s going on? 1951 grille, but a 1949-1950 dash…..??

      • Rick Gaskill

        I shared this to a Facebook Ford flathead group. I was told all ’51 Country Squires had the carryover dashboard from previous years because Ford knew it was the last year of the true woody.

    • Bellingham Fred

      The pallets are spare parts for the body.

  2. Robert White

    Suits my pallet, but not my bank account, or lack of a garage to work on it.


  3. newfieldscarnut

    Termite find .

  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    Need to wash that woodie….

  5. jimmuh

    Actually, this palette of pallets suits my palate too….and the woody is OK if you have a palette of extreme woodworking skills….

    I’m here all week folks!
    And don’t forget to tip your waiter!

    • Robert White

      Far out, a spelling BEE graduate with a real thesaurus on Barn Finds. And the sense to know what skill sets go where.

      Here is a tip: Read _Down & Out in Paris & London_for French waiter tips.


  6. Joe Haska

    That is interesting not a 51 dash, and that’s not something you just switch for the heck of it. Everything else appears as a 51. The dash looks a little different like an extra piece of trim, that doesn’t belong. I have owned all 3, 49,50, and 51, and have never seen the dash’s changed much, unless it was some sort of a customizing trick.

  7. marty parker

    Read somewhere onetime that all 51 Wagons came with the 49-50 style dash.

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