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Lot 128

1950 Mercury Station Wagon

  • Chassis no. 50LA33954M

Sold for $143,000


Model 0CM. 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"



Although Ford Motor Company’s new 1949 station wagons provided both fashion and utility, competitors were hard at work on new features of their own. The all-steel Plymouth Suburban, while only a six-seater, had a folding rear seat that converted in just seconds to a flat load area. General Motors had embraced the all metal idiom but hedged their bets; GM wagons were available in metal with Di-Noc decoration, or real wood, albeit more an accent than real structure.



Where Ford trailed most was in utility. In order to use the load space in a Ford or Mercury wagon, one had to remove the middle and rear seats. This was difficult and took several minutes – and was best done by two people. Once the seats were out, there was an uneven floor because the footwell for the second seat passengers was at a different level than the area for third seat.



A technical makeover was undertaken, planned for the 1951 model year. Engineers designed a new “stowaway” second seat, one that worked better than Plymouth’s. The mahogany side panels were replaced by steel woodgrained facing, and the tailgate was given a stamped metal skin, still with indents to emulate panels. As part of this modification, the spare tire was recessed slightly into the tailgate, to cure an interference problem with the rear bumper. On Fords, the new tailgate was simply painted; Mercurys had Mahogany woodgrain to match the scheme of the sides. At the same time, costs were cut slightly by substituting vinyl for the earlier cars’ leather upholstery.



A prize-winning restoration in Everglade Green, this 1950 Mercury station wagon is of the late configuration, similar to that of the mid-year Ford Country Squire. It thus has vinyl seats rather than leather, and the middle seat that folds flat into the floor. The two-tone green vinyl is new and the front is furnished with lap belts for two. The floors have new black rubber mats. The headliner is dark green vinyl. The dashboard and window moldings are newly woodgrained, to very good effect. The instruments are in very good condition, the steering wheel is excellent, and the car is equipped with radio, heater and windshield washers.



The exterior paint exhibits a deep shine, and all the brightwork is excellent. The wood is NOS found in the original factory packing crates in Maine, stamped on the back with a shipping address from Ford to a dealer in Massachusetts. The wood has been varnished to a high gloss and the door gaps are even with both doors opening and shutting well. The Lincoln script glass is all in good condition, but for a slight chip on one of the sliders.



The 8CM engine is nicely restored, and detailed in correct green. Fully restored and painted in gloss black, the chassis and underbody are generally clean, showing only the mild soiling commensurate with occasional road use. The tires are Firestone 7.10-15 blackwalls, installed in 2001. The spare is mounted to the tailgate and has a body-color metal cover.



Purchased by Mr. Alexander in March 2000, this Mercury received a Dearborn Award from the Early Ford V8 Club at Pismo Beach, California, in 2001. With odometer showing about 6,500 miles, it runs well and can be driven anywhere. It is registered in California with year-of-manufacture plates 9P1950, which go with the car. A fine example of the second-series 1950 station wagon, it is ready for show, tour or simple enjoyment.

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