CHASSIS NO: 0479H5140807
• First generation for the iconic Country Squire model
• Frame-off restoration with original wood and interior
• Three-speed manual transmission with optional overdrive
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239.4 cid flathead V-8 engine, 100 HP, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 114”
For the 1951 Station Wagon, the name “Country Squire” was applied to the exterior of the car, a feature and legacy that would last until 1992. Ford used the Country Squire model to transition the station wagon from a pre-war hauler to a post-war family car. The most noticeable change to the new “upscale” model was the grille, which featured dual bullet-nose styling. Trying to prove it was perfect for families, it would once again comfortably seat eight with a three-two-three bench seating combination. The sales sheets would show this newly marketed wagon would not work as sales were low. The 1951 Country Squire Station Wagon was the second lowest in production in the Ford model lineup, resulting in only 3.7 percent of total sales that year. Though it was a slow start for the Country Squire, it would eventually gain momentum and become a 41 year-long tradition.
The Country Squire offered here is one that sets itself apart from most, as it is a special Canadian-delivery example. The Canadian-specific models had slight differences from the U.S. models, two of those being a single taillight in the rear and a different engine block color. This 1951 Ford Station Wagon was given a frame-off restoration that lives up to the Dearborn Standards, meaning all the factory-correct options were restored accordingly. The body was painted Sheridan Blue, a unique color that is not often seen. The outside is presented with its original maple and mahogany wood panels, which were restored and finished off with multiple layers of a deep varnish. The chrome dual bullet-nose grille and front and rear bumper put off a brilliant shine.
The original beige and brown vinyl seats are in great condition, showing no rips or tears. A new black rubber floor mat has been laid throughout and retains the original headliner, only showing some signs of wear. The woodgrain dash is in great condition, as are all the instruments and gauges. Factory option equipment includes a radio, clock, and Magic Air heater. Under the hood, the 239-cubic-inch flathead V-8 looks great in the engine bay with the big bronze block shining against the Sheridan Blue fenders. The engine appears as if it just left the dealer showroom. The three-speed manual transmission with overdrive and engine have been completely sorted, leaving this station wagon to run and drive like a champ.
Though there were few takers for the Country Squire in 1951, the lack of sales pushed this model to be highly collectable in today’s market. Hard to find in show form such as this example, this truly is an iconic wagon that is admired everywhere it goes.