Cohort Sighting: 1965 Ford Country Sedan – Why Not “Country Wagon”?

Ford 1965 country sedan

Wikipedia’s definition of a sedan:

A sedan /sɨˈdæn/ (American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand English) or saloon (British and Irish English) is a passenger car in a three-box configuration with A, B & C-pillars and principal volumes articulated in separate compartments for engine, passenger and cargo.[1] The passenger compartment features two rows of seats and adequate passenger space in the rear compartment for adult passengers.

Who would argue with that? Ford’s Department of Vehicle Naming, that’s who. I don’t know where the got the idea for that, but starting in 1953, their wagons one step below the Country Squire started to be called Country Sedan. This was during the reign of the “Whiz Kids”, so presumably we can blame them. Well, at least the stripper version below it was named properly: Ranch Wagon.  How hard was that?

Posted at the Cohort by John Lloyd