1956 Ford Ranch Wagon Is One Smooth Family Hauler

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1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

Why road trip in a boring SUV when you can have a stylish, comfy Ford wagon for the same money?

There was a time, not too far in the past, when wagons were cool. With loads of space for the family and your gear, nothing was more accommodating on the great American road trip. But today, crossovers and SUVs have replaced the wagon as our long-distance transportation of choice. Yet when you see gorgeous cars like this 1956 Ford Ranch Wagon that we spotted at The Collector Car Network, you have to wonder why.

1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

Ford was killing it back in the ’50s in terms of styling, and this wagon is plain gorgeous in stock form. But this one has been taken to the next level with a host of tasteful mods. The smoothed out exterior lends itself nicely to the car’s original lines, yet looks much more modern sans door handles and some trim. And American Torq Thrust wheels are always a great choice on any ride – vintage or modern. Cover it all in Root Beer/Burgundy paint, and you’ve got the makings of one tasty wagon.

1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

Then there’s the stunning tri-color interior, with power buckets up front and a full console. From the headliner to the looped carpet, the attention to detail here is pretty amazing. It’s all set off with Lokar hardware and Autometer gauges for a touch of modern. And you can bet this 1956 Ford wagon is a smooth driver as well, thanks to a crate 302 and 4-wheel disc brakes.

1956 Ford Ranch Wagon

We can’t think of anything we’d rather load up and cruise around this great country of ours in. With style and comfort for days, there’s simply no ‘ute that can come close to touching this vintage wagon. It’s enough to make you wonder why we fell out of love with the body style in the first place!

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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