Mercury Woodie Station Wagon
Some of the most sought-after Ford station wagons are those with bodies framed from birdseye maple. Particularly prized for fine furniture and wooden accessories, birdseye maple has a fine swirling grain that resembles the eye of a bird, hence the name. It was prevalent in Ford’s Iron Mountain forests, which had the fortunate climatic conditions for the growing of “birdseye trees,” the biological process of which is not completely understood. Occasionally, it is said, Henry Ford would order a body framed entirely in birdseye, for a friend or special customer. More often, the beautiful components were simply incorporated randomly into bodies as they were built.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
100 bhp, 239.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia rear end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118".
Source: RM Auctions
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