Ford Customline Country Station Wagon
Family vacations revolved around road trips in the mid 1950s as the new interstate highways made travel simpler and faster. Ford revised its 1955 models slightly for 1956, and station wagon sales increased slightly from 209,459 to 214,446 units. Part of this might be attributed to the Lifeguard safety campaign, which offered safety belts for the first time. External design changes included oval sidelights up front, revised chrome trim and larger round taillights, while the interior offered an optional padded dash and visors, double-latched doors and energy-absorbing dished steering wheels.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
200 hp, 292 cu. in. OHV Y-Block V8 engine, Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, semi-elliptic rear springs with live axle, hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel