Survivor Wagon: 1989 Ford LTD Country Squire

Jesse MortensenBy Jesse Mortensen

The full-sized American station wagon was dead by the time this Country Squire was produced. In their quest for higher mpgs everyone had switched to smaller platforms. Even though this wagon was shorter and more fuel efficient, it would be easy to mistaken it for one of its big brothers. It’s listed here on eBay with no reserve and the auction is ending soon!

In place of a gas guzzling big block, Ford offered a 302 or a 351 cubic inch V8. This particular wagon is fitted with the smaller version and is no slouch. The seller claims that this engine runs well, but is suffering from an exhaust leak. Everything else claims to work and the odometer is only showing 66k 166k.

There is one accident on the history report, but no mileage discrepancies. The interior does look very nice and it’s not hard to believe that it hasn’t covered more miles. This may not be an exciting car, but if you want something reliable that can haul your family and a load, a station wagon can’t be beat!

The photos are a little blurry, so an inspection would be a good idea. Bidding ends soon though so you may have to rely on a call to the seller. If bidding doesn’t get much higher, this could be the perfect SUV alternative. Heck, with its classy wood grain trim this thing will stand out in that sea of shiny Suburbans and BMWs!

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Comments

  1. JB

    You can’t beat that body on frame construction for a smooth quiet ride and durability.

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  2. JL

    This price is a joke right?

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  3. Steve

    Jesse… I think the quest was for HIGHER MPGs… Right? 🙂

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Yes, thanks for catching that!

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  4. Pat A

    Where is the nostalgia for the malaise era of American vehicles coming from? I can understand someone maybe having some fondness for a performance vehicle, but for something like a Dodge Aspen? Geez. Maybe if you live in an area that has weak smog control laws you can modify them, but herein Commiefornia, it’s just not worth the hassle to keep them smogged,

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    • JW

      One thing the Midwest has going for it over the west coast, if you know the right people you can get around anything the nannies put out. I feel for you guys /gals on the coastal areas.

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  5. Maestro1

    Very classy wagon. Buy it and be unique as well as reliable. Keep it nice and watch the value grow as you drive it. I would but I have no more room.

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  6. John B

    If it were mine, I would have to spray-paint Honky Lips in the rear side windows before that first cruise. Chevy Chase would be proud!

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  7. Ben

    If you read the Vehicle History Report it shows it has over 170,000 miles on it! Not 66,000!

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Good catch Ben! It looked nice enough to believe the low mileage claim, but that vehicle report proves it.

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  8. Rick Ambrose

    My Dad got a new Country Squire every other year, from 1956 to 1989. Great memories riding in the back fighting with my sister on family vacations or to the drive in movies with blankets in out pajamas! Many a quail hunting trip too with Dad and his buddies…..cigarette smoke and Schlitz beer……

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  9. Gene Parmesan

    Whoa! I just bought a nearly identical Country Squire a month ago with the exact same paint and interior configuration except mine is a 91. Don’t see these dinosaurs around much anymore. You get reliability, usability, and the (slightly tongue-in-cheek) cool factor that comes with driving something fairly unique, all for super cheap. And I’m saying it: this car is cooler than all 9-jillion first-gen Camaro SS clones I’ve ever seen at the local car shows.

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    • Roger

      Saw one in a driveway just the other day but not a Country Squire just the LTD plain white wagon,looked like it hadn’t moved in a while but it did have a set of mag wheels on it though so could be mistaken though.

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  10. Matt G

    Too bad this isn’t the tow package, that would have gotten you a 3.55 rear end and dual exhaust…

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    • Gene Parmesan

      Mine’s got the tow package with the Traction-Lok! Definitely gives the ol aircraft carrier a bit more pickup.

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  11. WILL BABYAK

    The right 3/4 front photo indicates rear frame damage (axle forced to left due to impact). I survived a T-boning in a ’77 Buick Regal coupe, I should know…

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  12. irocrobb

    It is a shame there is no full size wagons like this anymore. All the soccer moms are driving damn suvs. For a long trip I would much sooner be in a wagon like this.

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    • carsofchaos

      You may want to take a look at the new Buick Regal TourX.

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  13. PLMBRDON

    Amazing how many people think they can do a vehicle inspection from photos. Cool car lets go campingđź‘Ť

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  14. Mr. TKD

    My grandfather owned several Mercury Colony Park wagons, so this really strikes a nerve with me. I’ve had a couple of Grand Marquis sedans of this vintage and they were some of the best Interstate cruisers ever. I’d enjoy the opportunity to drive a wagon. Nice find.

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  15. chad

    came up in my ebay notifications for the DWN SZed ’83 -’86.
    Too bad it wasn’t a match.
    SOLD 4 3,3xx$

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