Mercury Woodie Station Wagon
The 1952 Ford Motor Company lineup included new bodies for Mercury and Lincoln, as well as Ford. New stronger chassis frames supported the new bodies and all models had advanced features like suspended pedals and curved single pane windshields. Like Ford, however, Mercury held over its Flathead V8, which was the only available powerplant. Although it had the same displacement as in 1951, it was more powerful, thanks to higher compression. Merc-O-Matic transmission was optional and very popular – nearly half the production was so equipped.
There had been plans for ball joint front suspension and overhead valves engines for all Ford Motor Company 1952 cars, but in the end, only Lincoln got them. Ford and Mercury adapted their old suspensions and engines to the new chassis. The new designs did not appear until 1954.
Like Ford, Mercury’s station wagon bodies were all steel. Unlike Ford, however, there was no two-door, only a four-door model available with seats for either six or eight. Both wagons came with decorative maple side trim outlining artificial woodgrain. Where Ford had a “dogleg” wood accent on the rear wheelhouse, Mercury used stainless trim from the sedan.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in June of 2012 at the Dingman Collection, Hampton, New Hampshire.
125 bhp, 255.4 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed Merc-O-Matic transmission, 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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