Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Automotif CCCLXVI...

Here's a thing I didn't know...

I had for some reason been referring to Ford's wagons generically as "Country Squires", but apparently that was only the nicer ones. Not being much of a scholar of station wagons, I hadn't noticed that the ones without the woodgrain side decor were dubbed "Country Sedans".

This tastefully-modded 1966 Country Sedan looks like it's finished in NightMist Blue, which was a genuine '66 Ford color. The wheels and the rumble from the exhaust say that even if what's under the hood is the 390 indicated by the fender badges, it's likely far from stock.

The base motor in the '66 Country Sedan was Ford's 150bhp 240 cubic inch straight six, with an assortment of optional V-8s. There was a 2-bbl 289 rated at 200bhp, a 250bhp 4-bbl 352, and two different 390s: a 275 horse 2-bbl or a 315bhp 4-bbl.

Check out the 1966 Nebraska front plate and the Nebraska sticker in the passenger vent window.

The surfboard and the Woodward Ave sticker in the rearmost passenger-side window really tie the whole thing together.

The '66, by the way, is the first model year of the two-way tailgate on the big Ford wagons. Dubbed the "Magic Door Gate" in the sales literature, it could hinge downward or sideways.