Junkyard Find: 1987 Ford LTD Country Squire

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1987 ford ltd country squire

Will the faux-woodgrain Country Squire Junkyard Finds never stop? Not if I can keep finding them! We started this sequence with this ’76, then followed up with this ’77 and this ’86. Today’s Squire is another Panther platform “woodie” wagon, Detroit’s traditional rear-drive family hauler for the late 1980s.

This car couldn’t carry the staggering volume of cargo that its gigantic 1970s predecessors did, but it still made the Taurus wagon seem cramped.

With an EFI-equipped 302-cubic-inch V8 and overdrive automatic transmission, these cars got pretty good fuel economy for the time. Yes, the Taurus was a lot more frugal.

This example, which I spotted in Denver a couple of weeks ago, seems pretty solid except for the bashed-up left front corner.

It drove to the accident, but nobody wants to spend $1500 to fix a car that’s worth— at best— a grand. Next stop, Crusher!

Such class!

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  • Jay Villa Jay Villa on Jun 05, 2013

    back in the 8o's so many of these LTD were sold in Venezuela. They were call 'LTD Landau '

  • Wagondriver Wagondriver on Dec 04, 2013

    Murilee, can you tell me what junk yard this was at in Denver? I need some parts and I have a buddy in Denver today and tomorrow that could pull them for me. Please reply today if possible. Thank you!!

  • Lou_BC You can't go too wrong with a SBC, even a modded one. I get the vibe this has had a hard life. Kinda like the hot chick with a "property of H.A." tat on her butt.
  • El scotto Think of three vehicle assembly plants on the same road with fast food joints across the road. The fast food joints sell food to the workers from all three plants. Think of the suppliers as the fast food joints. They sell to all three plants and if the plants are idled, the suppliers have to shut down too.
  • The Oracle This is a proper muscle coupe clunker.
  • El scotto Oh Lordy, the LT series engine in well, anything are kind of like free shots or slow dancing with a baby momma. You tell yourself, no really this is the last time.
  • El scotto Matt, truly great writing. The bosses need to let you loose more often. Save this one for the "Examples of My Writing" part of your resume.