Ford Crestline Country Squire Woodie Station Wagon
Ford cars for 1952 were almost completely new. Bodies were fresh and modern, and a new chassis had greater strength and rigidity. The self-shifting Fordomatic transmission, in its second year, was becoming very popular, and a new overhead valve six developed more power than its smaller predecessor. Only the Flathead V8 carried over, but it, too, had more power courtesy of higher compression.
With Iron Mountain closed, station wagons were now built at the Rouge plant in Dearborn and were all steel – only the prestige Country Squire had any wood, and that was simply ornamental. Varnished maple from Ionia-Mitchell Company outlined a side accent of Di-Noc imitation woodgrain. The Country Squire had seating for nine, the rear cushions folding to form a long flat cargo area. The middle seat was split asymmetrically to facilitate access to the rear.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
110 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed Fordomatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel