• Striking example with outstanding restoration
• Powerful “Flathead” V-8 with vintage Fenton headers
• Upgraded 12-volt electrical system with alternator
• Highly accessorized and ready to drive, show, and enjoy!
255 cid L-head V-8 engine, single two-barrel carburetor, 110 HP, three-speed manual transmission, beam front axle with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 118"
In preparation for the introduction of the new post-WW II Ford models, the in-house design studios led by E.T. “Bob” Gregorie competed against another team headed up by outside consultant George Walker. For his part, Gregorie penned a complete family of three similar cars in three different sizes for Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln. While Walker’s design was given the nod for the low-priced Ford, the Gregorie proposals were moved upscale and utilized for the Mercury, Lincoln, and Lincoln Cosmopolitan lines, respectively. The Vedette, a scaled-down version of Gregorie’s designs, entered production with Ford of France.
As before, there was a single Mercury model series; accordingly, the new wagon was simply named the “Mercury Station Wagon.” While sharing much of its basic body with its Ford counterpart, the mid-market Mercury actually differed in the design of its doors, which were more pleasing to the eye in the way they smoothly blended into the front-end sheet metal. The Mercury also featured several up-market features, including full leather upholstery, twin taillights, and directional signals. While Mercury shared Ford’s new independent front suspension setup and open driveline, it departed from the common engine program of 1946-48 and received a larger, 255-cubic inch version of the venerable “Flathead” V-8.
Introduced in April 1948, the new-for-1949 Mercurys were a hit with the buying public and the Ford Motor Company division achieved ninth place in America’s automobile-sales rankings. In all, more than 300,000 Mercurys were built for model year 1949, but station wagons – priced from $2,716 – comprised only 8,044 units of total production, making them very rare today. Visually pleasing and unlike any other vehicles of the era, the Mercury Station Wagon’s wooden body framing was rendered in light Golden Ash with dark Mahogany veneer for outstanding visual appeal.
Originally assembled at the Los Angeles, California Lincoln-Mercury factory, this rare and outstanding 1949 Mercury Station continues to benefit handsomely from a complete restoration with no detail overlooked. In addition to the deep black paintwork, the finish on the wooden body is exceptional with rich grains and outstanding natural colors. Inside, all three rows of seating are upholstered with heavy-duty vinyl in an original shade of light tan with surrounding garnish and trim items finished in simulated wood graining. Desirable accessories include an original heater/defroster, dash-mounted clock, steel external sun visor, and a very rare roof rack, perfect for carrying necessary equipment for fun outings from extra luggage to surfboards, skis, toboggans, or anything else you desire. All dashboard gauges have been restored to their original brightness and operation in monitoring the car’s vital functions. Under the hood resides the original Mercury “Flathead” V-8 engine, with select and welcome updates including a conversion to 12-volt electrics and an alternator-type charging system, plus a set of vintage Fenton exhaust headers which provide better breathing, efficiency, and a great exhaust note. As nice as this car looks, both inside and out, it is quite capable of being driven and enjoyed on the open road as originally intended. Considered by many as one of the most attractive station wagons ever produced, this wonderful 1949 Mercury Station Wagon is yet another outstanding offering from the Monical Collection.
1949 Mercury Eight Two-Door Station Wagon
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