Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Would you believe these things were once as common as Explorers?

Well, maybe not quite as numerous as Ford's station wagon replacement is today, but the full-size Ford wagon ruled the family-hauler world during the 1960s and 1970s. While my family had a Chevy van instead of a station wagon, any kid growing up in the 70s was going to spend at least some time in a Country Squire.

This may be the lower-end Country Sedan or Ranch Wagon, but it appears that it has the mounting holes for the high-zoot Squire side trim, and budget-minded Ford wagon shoppers would have been unlikely to spring for the big-block 352 engine instead of the standard 240-cube six or 289 V8. The 9-passenger '66 Country Squire listed at $3,372, nearly 600 bucks more than the six-cylinder Ranch Wagon and 900 bucks more than the little '66 Falcon wagon. Nine passengers and (I'm guessing) 12 highway MPG- that holds up pretty well next to, say, a new Expedition (which only seats eight, albeit in greater luxury).

The real question here is: do you prefer this '66 or the '65 Country Squire Woody?

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1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire

1966 Ford Country Squire