- 8 Cylinder
- Mercury Woodie Wagon
- Three Door
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- 2 wheel drive
1950 Mercury Eight Woody Station Wagon
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Collectors know the 1950 Mercury two door woody wagon is at the top of the list for desirability and aesthetic excellence. This thoroughbred station wagon was luxuriously appointed when compared to other station wagons available at the time, and since there were less than 1800 of them produced, they are rare to find – especially in pristine original condition. This is such a car. It has undergone a complete, authentic restoration with every aspect of the car just as it rolled off the assembly line. This is an Early Ford V8 Dearborn Award winning vehicle at 998 points out of a possible 1000. No detail was overlooked in its restoration in 2016 and it shows. This type of restoration entails a cost exceeding $100,000, with all electrical, mechanical, wood trim, paint, leather upholstery, and several accessory items included. It is, in effect, a brand new 1950 automobile – a 70 year old newborn babe.
This Mercury is an early production model, manufactured before a change in details was made in late May of 1950. The early issue 8 passenger station wagons feature wood panels on their lower tailgates, while the mid-year models have metal tailgates that were painted to match the rest of the car, and the spare tires were more recessed. Some of the African mahogany trim on the tailgates was deleted in the late production models have a fold down center row seat, and the rear side window design was simplified to only two panes by eliminating the aft, fixed pane. About 800 of these early wagons were produced. The VIN on this specimen is 50ME34486M.
The dashboard in the 1950 Mercury is impressive. The fluted, chrome laden façade was called the “Safe-T-Vue” panel which is reminiscent of the juke boxes at the time, and houses the clock, optional “Merc-O-Therm” heater, and, of course, the AM radio. All features are in excellent operating condition. This wagon has the optional fog lights and spotlight. Needless to say, the original OCM 255 CID flathead V8 was completely reconditioned at the time of restoration. It has the correct Holley 885FFC two barrel carburetor called the “Econ-O-Miser” It starts at the touch of the key and runs whisper quiet. The 3 speed overdrive transmission gives this Mercury just the right gearing for street or highway.
The Mercury wagons have a 3 inch longer wheelbase than the Ford wagons, and they are 17 inches longer overall. The Mercury also sits higher than its cousins in the Ford family, with slightly larger windows and more headroom. It is very easy and economical to drive with plenty of power to keep up with modern traffic.
A few years ago, this outstanding car would have easily reached $150,000 at auction. In the current market, it is a phenomenal value. Comparing its cost to other collectible cars in the same price range, there are three key points to consider: (1) Vehicles in 100% stock original condition survive economic boom and bust times and steadily increase in value in the long run; (2) A car that has been completely restored to exacting specifications does not entail costly, and often, unobtainable additional parts or corrective work after it is purchased; and (3) Alternative investment strategies may net the same return after time in terms of monetary results, but owning and driving a car of this quality and esteem provides intangible returns that cannot be attained any other way.
Interested parties are advised to see and drive this vehicle to confirm for themselves the high quality of the workmanship and the current condition of this station wagon. It is ready to drive and it is a joy to be behind the wheel. This is a private sale by owner. No financing is available, nor will trade offers be considered.