Decades ago, Americans with big families and a desire to explore the country sought out big station wagons as their transport of choice, though these days, the crossover/SUV has taken over that significant role. Regardless, these big, vintage wagons are slowly gaining in popularity among collectors, with a couple of nice Ford LTD Country Squire haulers popping up for auction recently, including a 1978 model a couple of years ago, as well as a very clean 1971 that clearly hasn’t been used much over the years. Now, those that want to relive these glory days have another solid chance to do so, thanks to this 1969 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon that’s up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.
This particular 1969 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon was originally sold by Wagner Ford in Simsbury, Connecticut, and remained in the possession of the original owner until 1990. Now on its third owner, the big wagon still only has a mere 55k miles showing on the odometer, an incredibly low sum for its age, and it certainly looks like it. In fact, aside from a paint crack on the hood, its Black Jade hue and signature woodgrain paneling look like new.
Inside the cabin, that also goes for the green vinyl upholstery, which shows little wear for its age, and there are plenty of cool signature features here as well, such as the side-facing third-row jump seats present in the rear cargo area. However, there aren’t a ton of amenities throughout the interior, save for air conditioning and a push-button AM radio.
This old LTD Country Squire is powered by the naturally-aspirated Ford 390 cubic-inch V8, which in this guise was factory-rated to produce 265 horsepower with a three-speed automatic transmission behind it. The seller has done some extensive maintenance work to the car recently, replacing its exhaust system, rebuilding the carburetor and the radiator, replacing the water pump, fan clutch, coolant hoses, timing chain, heater core, spark plugs, ignition wires, and filters, as well as cleaning and relining the fuel tank. Now, this big piece of American history is ready for its new owner, who may or may not want to take it on a nice, long road trip when they bring it home.