The Ford Courier name has been used on a variety of Ford automobiles since 1952. This was a sedan delivery based on Ford's full-size station wagon line. Its model code was designated 78A. From 1952 to 1956 access to the rear storage area was through a unique door hinged on the side. For 1957 and 1958, the rear access door was a combination of the lift gate and tailgate being connected with two connecting struts. This design meant that the rear door back glass had to be divided into three sections, two outer curved portions and a center piece. In 1959 all Couriers took on the windowed body style very similar to the Tudor Ranch Wagons and their model code was re-designated as 59E. The last year for the passenger car based Courier would be 1960 when it would remain a commercial wagon. In the early 1970s, the Ford Courier was transformed into a compact pickup, manufactured by Mazda.
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