In the early 1950s, Ford made a significant shift in their Station Wagons by introducing their first all-steel models, after having produced wooden-bodied ones since the 1930s. This marked a new era for Ford as they offered both 2-door and 4-door models simultaneously, a departure from their previous practice of manufacturing either four-door or two-door wagons at different times. The 2-door variants, known as Ranch Wagons, quickly gained popularity and consistently outsold the 4-door models every year until 1957.
For the 1953 model year, Ford’s Station Wagon lineup came with a remarkable selection of three distinct models. These included the Customline Country Sedan, the Crestline Country Squire, and the Mainline Ranch Wagon, which served as Ford’s entry-level Station Wagon offering for that year.