Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1968 Country Squire

I love station wagons, and I love clean, old, original cars. So I was knocked out to find this machine here in The Netherlands. A just-like-new original 1968 Ford Country Squire with 14k miles on it. Engine is the Ford 390. This car looks untouched. Showroom new. A black-plate California car that has spent its life in a garage. The dealers who imported it to Holland changed hoses, did brakes, and replaced fluids. New battery. Everything else is original. The interior is like new. Investment-grade vinyl. The original faux-woodgrain is in perfect condition. This wagon deserves a trip via container back to the US--with that size, and that engine, it really isn't a getting-around-Holland kind of car. For sale at C&S Exclusive here in Wassenaar. They seem to specialize in classics. You can contact them at info@CS-EXCLUSIVE.NL   tel  +31 (0)70 512 17 80


  1. What a waste for this 68 wagon to have sat so long instead of being driven and used like the workhorse it wants to be. Our 1968 Ford LTD Country Squire, which I bought new, has never been pampered. It lived outside through all sorts of weather. It hauled kids and hay and horse trailers and u-haul trailers. It carried us seven times across the USA. It is a member of the family and has over 413,000 miles on its original, never re-built 390 engine. So many people ask us about the car that we wrote its life story which is available on Amazon as an eBook . For a free preview just go to

  2. I used to have that car & it did what I would expect a good ford to do.
    What is the price?