Ford Country Squire Woodie Station Wagon
For 1951, the name “Country Squire” was finally applied to the outside of the car, beginning a 41-year tradition. The late-1950 configuration was continued and mated to the new 1951 front clip. Most 1951 Fords received a new dashboard in the process, with key-turn starter start to the left of the steering wheel. Because of difference in the cowl width, however, the Country Squire retained the 1949-50 style dashboard, which was two-toned, the upper portion in deep maroon, the lower section in Prima Vera woodgrain. The new triangular spoke steering wheel from the other cars, however, was used.
The steel tailgate carried over, but for 1951 it got the Mercury treatment, with woodgrained maple and mahogany to harmonize with the side panels. Although the folding second seat facilitated conversion to cargo configuration, the third seat still had to be manually removed and a filler panel inserted to create a flat load deck. Once this was accomplished, however, a nine-foot linoleum-lined deck was available for luggage, furniture, or other bulky items.
Mechanically, the 1951 Fords differed little from the previous year. There were hyperbolic names for many features – “Equa-flow” cooling, “Rota-quiet” valves, “Silent-spin” three-blade fan – but they described what were really very ordinary technology. What was most new about the 1951 Ford was the optional Fordomatic Drive. A three-speed torque converter automatic, it was developed in conjunction with Borg-Warner, and was a quite advanced for its day. A true three-speed, it did not use the lowest gear ratio unless manually selected. In “Drive” position, only the top two gears came into play. Standard three-speed manual transmission was still the base specification, and overdrive, with which this car is equipped, was optional.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114".
Source: RM Auctions
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