1949 Mercury Woody Wagon
Chassis Number: 9CM76637
The year 1949 was the date Mercury broke away from being a fancy Ford to sharing a Lincoln body shell. The marque also benefited from the full-width body redesign that swept the whole Ford range, but it emerged with its own signature look. Woody wagons were going through their own metamorphosis at this period. Ford had dominated the market since the early 1930s, with Mercury jumping in just before America entered WWII in 1941. But the new full-width bodies of 1949 did not lend themselves to the high-maintenance Iron Mountain “stick-by-stick” construction, and henceforth, woody wagons would have steel shells and wood accents. Nevertheless, they were a part of American life, and Mercury would sell 8,044 eight-passenger woody wagons in 1949. Ford and Mercury woody wagons would now have two doors instead of four. The wagon on offer here is a delightful blend of original charm and period hot-rod modifications, combined in a beautiful restoration. While the wagon retains its original 255.5-cubic inch flathead V-8 and three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, power has been boosted by three two-barrel Stromberg carburetors and Offenhauser heads and intakes. It has custom paint, wide whitewall tires and period custom hubcaps, as well as wraparound front and rear bumpers and a new “coil-styled” grille. The quality of the workmanship is excellent, and the paint finish is particularly striking. Mercury woody wagons from this period are considerably rarer than Fords, and this example is bound to attract attention, particularly with its engine upgrades.