This week I decided to do another themed series of features. Like the Big Three Vans series I did a few months ago, this will also deal with some of Detroit's finest - and not-so-fine - family haulers. That's right, this week we'll be looking at Big Three Station Wagons.
For starters, let's look at Ford's offering. This 1966 Country Sedan was one of their larger cars during the era, based on the full-size Galaxie. I've featured a Country Sedan before, but it was a 1963 model and in much worse condition. Interestingly, while reading up on this car I learned that the Country Sedan and its faux-wood-paneled twin, the Country Squire, were sold as their own respective models until 1969, when they were ultimately lumped together in the Galaxie line.
This example is probably Wimbledon White and apparently features a snappy red interior. Motivation for this barge comes from a much-needed 390 V8 which is no doubt coupled to an automatic transmission. A fun fact about the 1966 model is that it was the first wagon to feature Ford's "Magic Door Gate", a rear hatch that was designed to hinge down like a truck's tailgate, or swing out to the side using an entirely different set of hinges. Pretty cool stuff.
This is one of those cars that makes me a little sad, because its paint is in pretty good shape still despite its unfortunate body damage. Living in the Haight like it does, and wearing recent plates, I wonder if the poor thing was bought by some young hipster trying to be ironic by buying a dowdy old family wagon to transport his indie band gear or something. Maybe I'm stereotyping. Either way, there's a lot of folks in San Francisco who suck at driving, regardless of age or creed.