The last several years, a lot of great new diecast has come along to warm my 1970s/1980s, Broughamified heart. Such as these most excellent Ford LTD Country Squire and LTD Crown Victoria station wagons, made in 1/64 scale by Greenlight Collectibles.
A few years back, Greenlight made a 1/64 scale version of the famous Wagon Queen Family Truckster from the unforgettable movie, Vacation. They even made it in other scales, 1/43, and a truly impressive 1/18 scale version, complete with pale blue luggage on the roof rack. But at the time I thought, and shared with friends who were similarly inclined, that it would be great if they were to do a bone stock LTD Country Squire as well.
And late last year, they did. I was enchanted.
Greenlight has a new series out that is called Estate Wagons, and two of their first four car release where these LTD station wagons. The other two were a 55 Chevy 210 wagon and a 55 Nomad.
But our focus today is the LTDs. The first two included a cream 1985 LTD Crown Victoria Country Squire wagon.
And a navy blue 1979 LTD Country Squire.
They are very well done and very detailed. The tailgates even open, which remind me of the Matchbox Mercury Cougar Villager station wagon I had when I was a kid.
With the demise of Toys R Us last year the only place locally I can find these is Hobby Lobby. It took a while but I finally found one of each kind and an additional cream ’85 wagon for my friend Jim Smith.
He lives in Chicago and despite the fact that there are easily a dozen Hobby Lobbys in metropolitan area he has had zero luck finding one. So when a second one appeared on the pegs at the store in Moline I snagged it for him.
Since those initial two wagons, they’ve released additional ones including this gunmetal gray 1986 LTD Crown Victoria wagon.
It even has a period correct California license plate. Nice touch.
I found the gunmetal gray one just this last weekend in Coralville Iowa at the Hobby Lobby there.
That same day I found this really nifty car and trailer set with a 1981 LTD Country Squire. Greenlight has a lot of these vehicle and trailer sets, with various Jeeps, 70s Ford pickups and Airstream Bambis, but I’m not really into the trailers.
But I really liked the dark red paint on the car in this set with its matching red interior, so of course I had to get it.
They also released a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park wagon in white. And in the near future they are releasing several more LTD wagons some as police/fire vehicles and even a taxi, plus a 1985 Mercury Colony Park. I have to say, it’s really refreshing that some of the diecast companies are expanding their horizons from the usual Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs and Ferraris, and doing cool offbeat stuff like these wagons and other 70s full-size Land Cruisers. I approve! And will be scouring the local stores for any and all future releases.