Sweet Survivor: 1968 LTD Country Squire

1968 Ford Country Squire

Ford wagons didn’t change much after the 1960s until 1991. They were dependable, comfortable, roomy and tough. Wagons have become very popular these days and this beautiful 1968 Country Squire posted here on eBay may actually be as nice as it looks in the pictures. Even the pictures of the underside look like new. It has less than 50,000 miles and everything is original, even the vinyl sides and paint. It’s located northwest of Los Angeles in dry country, so it’s lived in a dry climate, as well as had some great care given to it. Could it really be worth $22,000 to someone? Given the popularity of both wagons and survivor cars, it just might be. Thanks to Troy W. for spotting this.

 

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Comments

  1. jaygryph

    That IS a very nice car. I have a 69 and it’s a very smooth floaty and powerful car. Great for long road trips. I’d happily drive that, and it may well be worth the money, if not a steal. The only thing I question is just how rich black the underside of the car is. I find that a little suspicious. Even in CA that degree of paint integrity under the car, even considering those miles, leads me to think that it might have been touched up with underbody painting and other overall cosmetic bits. The vinyl graphics for the wood grain also rarely survive direct sunlight and time. Either way, it’s a nice car.

    Of course, I could be wrong. The interior sure lends to the belief that it’s a low mile survivor.

    • Dan h

      My exact thoughts! That underside aught to be a bit more faded. Still, very nice Squire.

  2. randy

    Great car, I have mixed feelings on the price, I hope he gets it, but that puts the rest of the wagons out of my price range. The hide a way headlights make this body style.

  3. STEEL CRAZY

    Nice car and I bleed blue but I would never bleed that much green for a 50k sw. To many nice cars out there you could buy and have a lot more fun for the money.

  4. Ed P

    I’m having a hard time believing the wood grain siding is original. The car must have been stored in a dark garage to not have faded. It sure is a beautiful car.

  5. Barry T

    Very, very nice.

  6. Jeff

    Love it and think it’s wonderful but not 22k wonderful…9-12k wonderful.

  7. jim s

    i love the car, not sure about the price. i would put a tow hitch on it and put the car to work. great find.

  8. JW454

    I don’t think this one spent anytime hauling the Cub Scouts around. Very clean car.

  9. BH

    How can you say Ford wagons didn’t change much after the 60s from 1991? You can say that from 1979-1991 — but from the 70s through the 80s, there was the loss of big blocks, they were downsized, and there was a body style change. Do the people who write for all of these automotive blogs actually know what they are talking about or do they just kind of guess?

    • David Frank David Member

      They didn’t change much. I didn’t say they were identical. They were big, rear wheel drive wagons with fold down, rear facing third row seats and simulated wood vinyl siding and they all drive about the same. From this fifth generation Country Squire to the final, seventh generation wagon there were no big changes. The next generation lost a few inches and had a bunch of engine choices, the final version gained back an inch or two and lost most of the engine choices. The magic tailgate introduced in 1969 was probably the most significant feature added. I put a lot of miles on Ford wagons and my last one, a 1991 Crown Vic, drove much like my first, a 1967.

  10. 365Lusso

    Did the Seller change the opening bid amount? I didn’t think that could be done….. It’s $19k now with one bid on it. Wonderful condition car, and where gas prices seem to be going, won’t break the wallet to run.

  11. Ed P

    Sold for $19,000.

  12. Luke Fitzgerald

    Wrong wheel covers – that’s all – da bomb this one

  13. Andrew S Mace Member

    Ah, memories! Mom bought one new in ’68. Lots of fun for this new driver (stuffing dozens of friends inside to go to concerts, etc.), but lots of problems. Little things like the RF shock literally falling out of the car when almost new. Two-Way Magic Doorgate locking up (dealer did manage to fix that) and other problems so typical of American manufacturers’ build quality back then. Oh, and we dumped it for a new Volvo wagon six years and 80k miles later, by which time it was darn near worn out. All that said, I loved the Select-Shift Cruise-O-Matic for what it was…and I’d almost like to have another one someday…but NOT at this price!

  14. jeff

    My favorite year! Love the hidden headlights!

  15. piper62j

    Nice.. Worth every penny..
    We repainted one of these in our shop back then.. Hardest part of the job was laying down the vinyl wood grain..

  16. pontiactivist

    I remember seeing one almost identical to this a few years ago at the Detroit autorama. Was set up like a tow vehicle with slicks on the roof and Americans all the way around. Was cool as hell. Wouldn’t mind having one of these.

  17. Joe Clorite

    We had one of these with a 428 ci Police Interceptor Motor. I can remember my Dad racing a Harley Davidson out on the long stretches of Iowa Roads at over 100 mph with 9 of us kids in the car and towing our camping trailer. We sat in the back just waving out the windows at this guy. No doubt he never expected a Country Squire to be keeping up with him!.
    Mom was not too happy with my Dad that day though….

  18. Larry Hawkins

    The ford country squire did receive significant upgrades as the ’70s progressed. They were available with luxury car options such as dual power seats, leather trim, cornering lamps and automatic climate controlled A/C. Cars equipped with these options were quite expensive.

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