Mercury Woodie Station Wagon
Although Ford was the first U.S. make to resume production after World War II, the same did not hold true for siblings Mercury and Lincoln. The Lincoln lines restarted in September 1945, with gala introduction in January, but it was October 22nd before the first Mercury came off the line and its formal debut didn’t occur until February 8, 1946. By that time, all of GM, plus Chrysler Corporation and independents Hudson, Nash, Packard and Studebaker were well into their 1946 model year.
Based substantially on the short-lived 1942 model, the new Mercury adopted a much bolder grille, with eight fine-tooth vertical “combs” flanking a vertical divider, four to a side. The twin-horizontal fender trim of the prewar cars continued, but the lower of the two strips was now much bolder. The hood ornament, too, was revised, as were the hub caps.
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 axle, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel