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1950 Mercury Woodie Wagon
Item #: 22422
1950 Mercury Eight Woody Station Wagon
IF ONLY THE BEST WILL DO, YOU JUST FOUND IT!
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 wagons made that year, they are rare to find – especially in pristine original condition. This is such a car. It has won the Early Ford V8 Club Dearborn Award – scoring 998 points out of a possible 1000. No detail was overlooked in its restoration, and it shows. This restoration entailed a cost exceeding $120,000, with renovation of all electrical, mechanical, wood trim, paint, leather upholstery, and several accessory items included. It is, in effect, a brand new 1950 automobile. This spectacular wagon is very easy and economical to drive with plenty of power to keep up with modern traffic. The car was featured in the November 2020 issue of the National Woodie Club magazine Woodie Times.
This wagon was meticulously restored to exacting specifications by well-known woodie collector and restoration expert Nick Alexander between 2009 and 2011. Since then, it has been driven only about 250 miles and always stored in an air conditioned garage. This particular car is one of the early production models, 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, in the later issues, the spare tires were more recessed. About 800 of the early wagons were produced. In later production models, 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. 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 interior is finished in tan leather, and of course, the door trim and tailgate feature natural mahogany. The floor mat is factory correct, the kick panels show no wear and exhibit exquisite detail, and the odometer shows actual miles since this car was first sold. All of the instruments and lights have been restored and the spotlight is operable, too.
High quality original restorations of this class have always been desirable. There are three key points to consider: (1) Vehicles in 100% stock original condition survive economic boom and bust times with an upward value curve in the long run; (2) A car that has been completely restored to exacting specifications does not entail a costly, and often, unsuccessful search for rare parts or corrective work after it is purchased; and (3) Though alternative investment strategies may net the same return after time, in terms of monetary results, the joy in owning and driving a car of this quality and esteem provides intangible returns that cannot be attained any other way.
Phone: (702) 592-6600
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
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