The Ford Country Squire is what most people remember as the traditional station wagon. A true family vehicle, the Country Squire was produced by Ford from 1950 through 1991. It featured the ever present imitation wood panel. This feature earned it the nickname, “Woody” among the surfing subculture of Los Angeles in the 1960′s.
The Country Squire station wagon could carry 9 passengers with its side facing seats in the cargo area. These seats could be folded down to utilize more cargo space in the rear. It was considered the epitomy of the American family car in the sixties and seventies.
In the eighties the demand for the full size station wagon was declining so Ford decided a redesign was necessary to make the vehicle fore attractive. Instead of spending the money necessary for a restyled wagon, Ford began steering customers to it’s new Ford Aerostar minivan. Because of the mixed results to this campaign Ford re-introduced the Ford Freestyle with third row seating without the wood sides.
The Ford Country Squire is unique in that it utilized the same basic engine throughout it’s history, the 5.0 L V8. It also holds the distinction of being the oldest vehicle to only as an automatic. It utilized the four speed automatic transmission from its inception in 1950 until production ceased in 1991.