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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Since watching the Wagonmasters documentary, I’ve once again become fascinated with old station wagons. And of course there are a few in the YAK archives. Like this 1953 Ford Customline Country Sedan, which daughter Katie and I found at the C.T.C. Auto Ranch outside of Ft. Worth, Texas. This was the middle model in the Ford wagon lineup for ’53, below the wood-grained Crestline Country Squire, but a bit posher than the base Mainline Ranch Wagon. New, this rusted, faded, old blue Ford had a starting price of $2,076. The plates on it show it was last registered in 1993, and it looks like it could still be restored. I’ve seen worse. CTC has it for sale on their website for $2,495 — but I wouldn’t hold them to that. They also have a ’53 Ford Courier (a panel delivery wagon) listed for sale twice: once as a ’53 at $2,495 and again as a ’54 for $1,995 — the same car. At those prices, I’d buy the ’54.

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know