The Pick of the Day is a massive example of mid-century family life
For whatever reason, behemoth station wagons of the 1970s and ’80s have become a thing. Maybe it’s those mid-lifers who recall all the fun times they had rolling around in the half-acre of cargo space while dad or mom maneuvered through suburbia.
For those who are nostalgic for when dinosaurs roamed the earth, the Pick of the Day is a 1972 Ford Country Sedan station wagon looking ready for a cross-country trip to Wally World. No faux wood paneling on its flanks, but we could live without that.
This mighty Ford is, unexpectedly, a one-owner car being offered by a private seller who is, presumably, the one owner. More expectedly, the big hauler is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, where there’s lots of open space and families tend to run large.
In the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the seller provides meticulous detail about such things as when the car was built (April 1972), its VIN, paint code and rear-axle ratio. The engine is a 400cid big block, which guarantees plenty of power and frequent stops for gas.
The wagon was originally a California car, the seller says, until moving with the original owner to Utah in 1998. The car currently stands in garage storage, the ad notes, although it remains “in excellent original condition.” The odometer reads 95,400 miles.
The original engine was rebuilt in 2008, 15,000 miles ago, and the transmission was rebuilt 10,000 miles ago, the seller states. The car received a repaint in 2007.
The gallery of photos with the ad, including a number of closeups, show a 47-year-old Ford that looks remarkably clean, inside and out. The fold-down “way-back” seating is a pair of side-facing rows for a total of four people, rather than the usual, awkward rear-facing row for three.
“Vehicle has never been damaged,” the seller says. “Vehicle runs strong and drives exceptionally well and all components function. Vehicle has been featured in parades and has been requested for promotional photos.
“Vehicle has been meticulously maintained and serviced well throughout its lifetime.”
The asking price, pound for pound, is not bad for claimed condition at $18,500, or best offer.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.