In Goldfinger we see James Bond held captive and transported by Auric Goldfinger’s cohorts via a 1964 Ford Country Squire station wagon.
Prior to the introduction of the Country Squire in 1950, American estate models were sold as generic Station Wagons or Estate Wagons. The Country Squire was the first ever U.S. station wagon to merit its own name.
As the body style became increasingly popular with the proliferation of suburban living, Ford eventually would offer up to three different full-size station wagons, always reserving Country Squire nomenclature for the top-line rendition, differentiated from lesser models by its signature wood exterior trim, which in 1964 was rendered in walnut-grained 3M DI-NOC vinyl, highlighted by mouldings of limed oak-coloured fibreglass.
Since 1959, Squires were based on the underpinnings of the Galaxie four-door sedan and shared their trim and equipment levels accordingly.
The Country Squire in Goldfinger was a 9-Passenger model with three rows of seats. Finished in Rangoon Red with a matching Red vinyl interior, it was equipped with an optional roof rack and white-sidewall tyres, but curiously not full wheel covers. Cars of this calibre were nearly always ordered with the latter, which on a ’64 Squire would have meant a choice of Tastefully Styled Full-Disc or Sports Motif Simulated Wire Wheel versions.
As the Squire’s flanks were bereft of crossed-chequered flag 390 or 427 badges, it was most likely powered by a 289 cubic inch (4.7L) Challenger V8 or 352 (5.8L) Thunderbird V8. However, given the fact that whomever ordered the car pinched pennies on the wheel covers, it may well have been special-ordered with a 223 (3.6L) Mileage Maker inline-six.
The Country Squire was but one of a fleet of FoMoCo products operated by Goldfinger’s stud farm that also featured a Lincoln Continental and Falcon Ranchero.
1964 would be the final year of full-size Fords based on the Coke Bottle-shape frame first introduced on 1957 models, and the last year for a Squire with three rows of forward-facing seats. It would also prove the swan song for the classic pie plate taillights that had embellished every Galaxie-based Squire with the exception of the 1958 and 1960 versions.
The Country Squire nameplate would grace the top-tier Ford wagon for another 27 years, during which time it would suffer the ignominy of being parodied in National Lampoon’s Vacation of 1983.