Since almost everyone is on vacation today, from Jeff, to Kamil, to Tim, I get to run amok in this insane asylum we call hooniverse. So, in honor of Independence Day in which we declared our freedom from the British, I thought we would celebrate an automotive icon steeped in tradition. These are cars that many of us went on family holidays, back before the dreaded Crossover, or even the monster Truck Based SUV. Yes, I am talking about the American Station Wagon, and we will discover a few that are for sale cross eBay, AutoTrader, and Craigslist. To set things right, I’m starting with a poll on which “Fox” bodied Wagon you would choose…
Let’s start things thing out right, with this 1979 Ford Fairmont Squire Wagon showing only 40,000 miles on the odometer. This car is equipped with the Ford 3.3L Inline Six, Automatic Transmission, Air Conditioning, Factory AM FM Cassette Player, Power Windows and Door Locks, and look here, functional Vent Windows… When was the last time you saw those? Tan with Woodgrain on the exterior, Tan Vinyl on the interior with an honest to God Bench Seat. Period correct Turbine Finned wheel covers, and Luggage Rack complete the 70s look.
The Buy-It-Now Price is $5,500. Would you pay that much for a time capsule American Wagon in this condition? See the listing here, and tell me that this is the Fox Bodied Wagon for you…
While the Fairmont and the Mercury Zephyr were selling at a nice rate back then, Ford decided to introduce a more “Luxurious” version of the Fox platform, and the Ford Granada and Mercury Cougar were badge engineered to take on that task in 1981. The Granada wagon was introduced in 1982, and was the only year it was offered. This car is equipped with the 3.3L inline six, just as the Fairmont above is. It also has the Automatic, Air Conditioning, and the AM FM Cassette. It is odd that this car is not equipped with power windows or locks, and there is no vent windows.
There is only 57,000 miles on this car, and the Buy-It-Now price is $5,999. That’s slightly higher than the Fairmont, but I bet it’s negotiable. So, what would you pay for a one year only model? See the listing here, and tell me what you think.
A good example of the next to last year for this particular body style, this is a 1985 Ford LTD Wagon, showing 69,000 miles on the odometer. Unlike the others, this wagon is equipped with the 3.8L Essex V-6, but still has the Automatic, Air Conditioning, and the AM FM Cassette. It is equipped with Power Windows and Locks, and it painted in Blue rather than Beige like the other two. It is also one of the last Fords that is equipped with opening vent windows.
The Buy-It-Now price is $4,999, possibly reflecting the mileage of this car and the fact that there are certain deficiencies such as a missing steering wheel hub cover. There was only a 1/2 model year remaining on these Fox Bodied Wagons, and this is still a great example of the breed. See the listing here, and tell me what you think about this Blue LTD.