Though it was a massive hit when it launched in the mid-1980s, today, non-SHO first-gen examples of the Ford Taurus – the car that helped right FoMoCo’s financial ship – are basically extinct these days, especially ones that are in good condition. Wagons are even harder to find, all of which make this immaculate 1987 Ford Taurus LX wagon up for sale on Craigslist in San Diego, California a truly special survivor.
There are also several interesting things about this car worth noting. For starters, it’s an LX, which was the top trim level at the time. That means it has lots of goodies like the digital instrument cluster, but oddly enough, it lacks some others, like electronic climate control. These were standalone options in 1987, but the two were generally paired together. It also appears to roll on a set of 14-inch wheels with Mercury hubcaps.
The seller states that this Ford Taurus LX wagon has 158,000 miles, but a closer look reveals that it actually has 158k kilometers – notable, as the digital dash can switch between miles and kilometers. That means this ultra-clean wagon actually only has around 98k miles, which is quite low for a vehicle of this vintage.
This mint Taurus is powered by Ford’s 3.0L Vulcan V6, which came standard on wagons and was originally rated to produce 140 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to an AXOD 4-speed automatic transmission. Aside from that, the mostly loaded wagon has all the conveniences one could want – power windows, locks, seats, antenna, mirrors, and cruise control, all with three rows of seating for the entire family.
First-gen Ford Taurus models just don’t get much cleaner than this, and the asking price of $4,500 seems pretty darn reasonable to boot. Thus, we don’t imagine this super sanitary wagon will last long on the open market.