I don’t get that many opportunities to show fire department cars, so I was really gladded when I stumbled across this 1966 Ford Country Sedan Wagon fire chief’s car. This wagon allegedly served the people of Oregon for over 35-years.
Ford had a very extensive “police package” line up in ’66 which included the Country Sedan wagon among other models. It is not clear if that package extended to emergency vehicles like this wagon.
This Ford station wagon came with a 390 CID V8 that was rated at 315 horsepower @ 4600 rpm and 427 lbs torque @ 2800 rpm.
The Federal Signal Beacon Ray Model 174 and mechanical siren mounted to the roof help clear the way. There’s also a Southern VP Classic SA450 electronic siren mounted under the dash that also helps clear the way.
This Country Sedan has Ford’s unique “way-back” third row, facing seats. Other station wagons of the time usually had a bench seat that faced backwards with a view through the rear window. Of course, the interior is, what else, red! The front seat does show some wear or fading but this Ford has in fact seen 85,000 miles of motoring to some wear is expected. All in all, it appears to be in good condition, again testament to the care and storage usually afforded fire department vehicles.
Today we see fire departments using full size SUV’s, but they don’t have the same style and character as these vintage wagons.
- Original Special Service Fire Chief Car
- Built and Shipped to West Coast
- Used in Oregon for Over 35 Years
- 390 CID V8 Powertrain
- 3-Speed Automatic Transmission
- Factory Power Steering and Brakes
- Original A/C
- 85K Original Miles / Branded Actual Miles on Ohio Title
- Engine Rebuilt at 49,740
- Original Seats & Door Panels
- New OEM Carpet with Ford Rubber Mats
- Electric Rear Window with Swing Out Door
- 3rd Row Jump Seats
- Correct Motorola Radio / Not Hooked Up
- New JVC AM/FM/CD Player with Rear Speakers
- Power Antenna
- Upgraded Dash Gauges
- New Radial Tires with Dog Dish Hubcap
- Performance Dual Exhaust
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