Ford’s two-door Ranch Wagon had been very successful in its first few years on the market. Chevrolet had only four-door wagons and the Ranch Wagon held its own against Plymouth’s two-door Suburban and Savoy. Chevy’s upscale 1955 Nomad, however, posed a threat. Ford had no prestige two-door wagon to contest that part of the market.
For 1956, Ford had a competitor ready. Not able to bring out a truly unique model like the Nomad, the Blue Oval folks reached into the parts bin and put Fairlane side trim on a Ranch Wagon. A designer interior was installed, including carpeting from front to rear, even on the load deck, though it was protected by bright metal slide strips. The folding rear seat had a bold chrome accent, adapted from the Sunliner convertible. Finally, a snap-on vinyl cover was provided for the load area, to keep luggage and valuables out of sight.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
202 bhp, 292 cu. in. ohv 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: 115.5".