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Lot 149

1949 Mercury Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 9CM82680

Sold for $143,000


Model 9CM. 110 bhp, 255.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118"



The all-new 1949 Fords were designed by a team headed by outside consultant George Walker. However, there had been competing company proposals from the in-house studio of E.T. “Bob” Gregorie. Gregorie had penned a family of three similar cars in three different sizes: Ford, Mercury and Lincoln. When Walker’s design was chosen for the low-priced car, the Gregorie proposal was bumped up a notch to become Mercury, Lincoln and Lincoln Cosmopolitan, respectively. A smaller version went into production at Ford France as the Vedette.



A much larger-looking car than the Ford, the new Mercury actually preserved its former 118-inch wheelbase. A stepped sculpture line ran from the front fenders, across the doors, back along the rear quarter and dipped down to the bumper. A version of the Ford station wagon body was married to the Mercury front clip, which required heat bending not just the laminated birch or maple trim but also the mahogany panels.



As in the past, there was but a single series of Mercurys, thus the new wagon was called simply “Mercury Station Wagon.” Although the basic body was identical to the Ford’s, Mercury received several upmarket features, like an all-leather interior (Ford had genuine leather only on the seat cushions), twin taillights, and directional signals. While Mercury shared Ford’s new independent front suspension and open drive line, it departed from the common engine program of 1946-48 and received a larger, 255 cubic inch version of the flathead V8. The new car, introduced in April 1948, was well received. Model year sales expanded six fold from 1948, aided in part by a longer model year. In all, more than 300,000 were sold, just over 8,000 of them station wagons.



A sympathetically freshened original car, this 1949 Mercury station wagon has been repainted in the original Dakota Gray. The paint is excellent and has a deep shine. There are no flaws in the body contours. The original wood is excellently refinished, with high gloss varnish showing off the honey-colored grain. The doors shut well, but there is a slight misalignment on the passenger side when closed. The brightwork is all excellent. The glass, most of which has Lincoln script, shows some separation, and there is a chip in one of the sliders. A complete mechanical restoration was completed from the radiator to the gas tank by Alexander Restoration and included dual mufflers and tail pipes.



The seats are original dark green leather, and show considerable cracking. The original headliner is green artificial leather accented with rare narrow wooden bows seen mostly in early production cars. The black rubber floor mats are new. The dashboard exhibits incredible original woodgrain and excellent instruments. The steering wheel is also excellent. The car has a radio, heater, electric clock and factory turn signals.



The 8CM engine is nicely painted in green and is very clean, although the compartment is not over-detailed. The chassis and underbody are painted black, and are clean but not detailed. The car rolls on Firestone 7.10-15 blackwall tires, new in 1998, and the spare is carried on the tailgate under a metal cover.



Acquired by Nick Alexander in August 1997, the car received a Rouge Award from the Early Ford V8 Club in 2007 at Temecula, California. Currently showing just over 77,000 miles, it runs and drives well as evidenced by a recent roundtrip of 800 miles Nick made to “Woodies on the Wharf” in Santa Cruz, California, where it cruised at 70 mph trouble free. It is currently registered with California year-of-manufacture plates 69V311, which accompany it in the sale.

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Alexander Weaver

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