Nomad wasn’t the only 2-door station wagon in the 1950s

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Chevrolet’s Nomad station wagon may be more popular with collectors, but Ford also produced a 2-door wagon back in the 1950s and the Pick of the Day is one of them, a 1956 Ford Ranch Wagon advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Arlington, Texas.

“This car just screams life in the 1950s and instantly takes you back to a world that was much simpler,” the dealer notes, adding that the vehicle has been a “rolling restoration” that was “enjoyed all along the way up until its completion 3 years ago.”

However, the advertisement continues, “Don’t let this station wagon fool you from its looks though because there is a lot of power lurking beneath that big steel hood!”

Modern Coyote V8 under the hood

That’s because this wagon that looks stock on the outside is a resto-mod with a professionally built 351cid balanced and blueprinted V8 under its hood. The engine, which features Edelbrock intake manifold and carburetor, electric choke, custom painted Holley valve covers, fresh red wiring, new hoses and a Mallory distributor, is linked to a C6 transmission.

The dealer says the two-tone Seafoam Green and Pearl White paint is “show-quality.” 

“The interior of the car is in the same or better condition that when it rolled off an assembly line in ’56,” the dealer adds. The dash is painted in Seafoam Green. The car has S&W gauges, seats are reupholstered in period-correct vinyl with “plush blue fabric.” The wagon also has air conditioning.

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“The Ranch Wagon is an ultimate family hauler or road trip classic that showcases all that Ford had to offer in the Customline series of cars,” the dealer adds.

The Texas dealership is offering the car on behalf of its owner, a car collector in Seattle, and is asking $35,900. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I had a Ford Ranch Wagon back in the mid 60’s. Last I heard of it, it is used as a taxi in Mexico and still running. Loved that car.

  2. my brother owned a 54 Ranch wagon back when they were new. He drove it for 10 years and put over 300,000 miles on it before trading it in on a new 64 Fairlane sedan.
    God bless America

  3. Larry, You make it sound like only Chev and Ford had 2 door wagons, when just about all of the biig three and their divisions, plus the independents had two-door wagons. Ford actually brought out the Parlane two-door wagon to compete with the Nomad. Just sayin’.

  4. I had a 1954 Dodge 2 dr wagon w a 223 ci Hemi. The model is called "suburban". Jay Leno has a video driving his green n white one. The power steering was overly sensitive that u could turn the wheel w 1 finger. Ever seen one?

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