Mercury Woodie Station Wagon
Like Ford and Lincoln, in 1951 Mercury was in the final year of a three-year cycle of styling. Like the others, there was a new nose, the grille becoming more pronounced and extending around to the sides of the front fenders. Other body styles received extended rear fenders, but the station wagon, which shared its body with Ford, had no changes at the rear. Mercury offered an optional automatic transmission. Called “Merc-O-Matic,” it was the same as the sister division’s Fordomatic, a three-speed planetary gearbox with torque converter, though in normal operation it used only two speeds. About a third of production was so equipped.
Station wagon production at Iron Mountain was winding down in 1951. The all-steel Chevrolet, Pontiac and Plymouth wagons were cutting into Ford’s sales, in part because they were cheaper, but also because the public was tiring of the extra care and attention that wood required.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
110 bhp, 255.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118".
Source: RM Auctions
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