1962 Ford Model 78 Country Squire

Before the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and before the minivan, there was the station wagon. Prior to the station wagon there was the depot hack which was used primarily by hotels to haul passengers from train stations (railroad depots) to the hotel. By the close of the 1920's, the name 'depot hack' had been replaced by 'station wagon.' These types of vehicles were used throughout the 1930s and 1940s, serving various purposes and never really entering into mass production. They were produced in limited numbers, often built by custom coachbuilders who would take an existing chassis and create a body suitable for their customers needs. By the 1950s the station wagon began evolving into an American icon. As families moved out to the suburbs, the growing families needed a multi-purpose vehicle that could haul their kids and luggage.

In 1955 Ford introduced the Country Squire, one of a series of station wagons. The Ranch Wagon was the entry-level station wagon, followed by the Country Sedan, and then the Country Squire, the most expensive of the group. It was originally given the same trim level as the Ford Fairlane but by 1958 it began mimicking the Ford Galaxies.

This 1962 Ford Model 78 Country Squire 4-door, station wagon has seating for nine-passengers. It carried a factory price of $3197 which included the eight-cylinder, 352 cubic-inch engine that produced a potent 220 horsepower.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2006

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When one pictures the classic American station wagon, thoughts drift to the Ford Country Squire. A well-balanced machine, the Squire is desirable as a reminder of the 60s, 70s era. The Ford Country Squire established itself as the archetype of a whole new kind of status symbol, long before the minivan was a twinkle in any Detroit product planners eye. Primarily easily dependable family cars,....
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Price Comparison

$390-$3,020
1962 Model 78 Country Squire
$3,200-$16,700
1962 Ford Model 78 Country Squire Price Range: $3,020 - $3,200

$1,990 - $2,600
$2,305 - $2,610
$2,450 - $3,356
$4,320 - $5,440

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)1,730,224
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)2,212,415
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)2,170,795
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)1,594,053
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)1,525,404
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)1,476,031
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,338,790
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,439,370
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,450,953
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)987,945
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)1,676,449

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