Wood Applique Delight: 1969 Ford Torino Squire Wagon

The Ford Torino was a great looking Ford product, and the station wagon is a sharp looker as well. Equipped with wood applique, a 351, and air conditioning, this Squire Wagon has a lot going for it. Appearing to be a running and driving project, this classic and sharp looking station wagon is offered for a reasonable $2,900. Check it out here on craigslist out of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Thanks to reader i525jamie for the cool wagon submission!

Under the hood we have some goodies that sweeten the deal on this Torino. Factory equipped with a 351 cubic inch V8, automatic transmission, air conditioning, power brakes, and power steering, this wood applique dream is ready for family duty this summer for the family road trip. Although there isn’t much information offered on this Ford, I would assume it to be a driver, but there is no definitive answer to the drivetrains condition and if the air conditioning is functional.

With loads of red, the interior is quite clean, and thankfully there are not several faded shades of red and pink from sun exposure like so many other cars from this time frame. No, instead this interior is very clean, and has spent little time in the sun. The dash is crack and blemish free, like the rest of the interior. The carpet is still a lovely shade of red, but the rubber pad attached to the carpet on the driver side is a little dirty needing a quick cleaning. The only major visible concern to the interior is a cut in the red head liner. Beyond that, this interior looks very well maintained.

The groovin’ wood applique exterior is either appealing or a total deal breaker for some of you who grew up in this era. Personally I can appreciate it, as the wood applique has held up well on this wagon, and the same can be said about the paint. There is no visible rust on this wagon other than the bottom of the tailgate where there is some rot. Although this is a common problem area. Beyond the rusty tailgate, the body appears quite straight with no other major concerns. The paint is solid, but looks as if it would benefit from a good waxing. Overall a solid looking wagon with a V8 engine, and air conditioning to keep everyone in your family happy. Are you a fan of these corny wood applique station wagons?

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  1. Barzini

    Yes, I am a fan of the corny wood appliqué station wagons, perhaps because they were everywhere when I was young. I did not think twice about them back then so it’s just a sentimental longing for the past.

  2. 86 Vette Convertible

    Notice the hood pins. Tail gate needs some work. Doesn’t appear to be alot of work to do on it, but will take some.

    I don’t know if the 351 is oem or not, I had a 69 Torino Fastback GT and it had a 302 in it.

    Long as there wasn’t a lot of rust to deal with, that could be a good runner for little $$.


      1969 was the first year for the 351W so it could be original. If the seller had listed the VIN we would know for sure. The 302 was still available in 1969 as well, but only in 2V form. Unless you want to count the Boss 302 which was a very different engine.

  3. gregg

    oops, apparently there is a photo mix up with the engine photos. Hmm, let’s see, my old pick-up engine shots should do!

  4. James

    Looks like a good deal to me!

  5. Rock On

    Nice catch Gregg.

  6. Stang1968

    If this was local to me, it be sitting in my garage now.
    351w was a 2bbl in 1969 IIRC.


      1969 351W was available in both 2V and 4V form. Code H for a 2V and code M for a 4V.

    • Miguel

      The road trip to bring it home is the fun part.

  7. Don

    The hood pins make it faster🏁

  8. Adam T45 Staff

    It also appears that the lining card for the tailgate is missing. Maybe someone has been investigating the rot.

  9. Car Nut Tacoma

    Sweet looking Ford Torino Squire wagon. I’ve always liked American station wagons, and this has always been among my favourites. My only complaint with the Craigslist ad for this car is that there aren’t enough pics. I’ve always felt that if you’re going to advertise a car to sell it, the more pics, the merrier.

  10. Rustytech Member

    Vehicle was not registered in PA. That’s either an OH or WV insp. sticker on the windshield. Still at this price it could be a good deal. I like the wood look, it was reserved for the top end models. This is less than 2 hrs. away. I might go have a look.

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  11. JW

    Not a big fan of the fake wood treatment but I do like this one.

  12. Tom

    Grew up with a Pontiac tempest safari wagon!!!! Mom always wondered how the air cleaner kept getting flipped🤔

    • Orovillan

      Props to mom for being under the hood and noticing the air cleaner!

  13. Jay M

    Looks like a very good buy. Spend a solid weekend cleaning and servicing it.
    Then drive it while it goes up in value.

  14. Ron Bauer

    This seller is either intentionally misleading or really confused. It’s not difficult to see that the two engine compartment photos are actually photos of a Ford F150 pickup truck.

  15. CCFisher

    Uh-oh. This one is only about 30 miles away….

  16. whippeteer

    Interesting. Pop the hood and it becomes a truck…

  17. Bob C.

    I second Gregg s catch. Not only is the cowl different, it is also sprayed primer grey .

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