CHASSIS NO: 99A481202
• 1 of only 6 known to exist out of 783 produced
• Concours-quality frame-off restoration performed by Nick Alexander
• Striking Moselle Maroon paint with original maple and gumwood panels
• First place winner in Pre-War Woodie class at Early Ford V8 Nationals
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239 cid V-8 engine, 95 HP, three-speed manual transmission, hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 118”
Created by Edsel Ford and the Ford Motor Company in 1938, the Mercury line was sold as a premium brand for most of its life and bridged the price gap between the Ford and Lincoln automobiles. The Mercury brand saw much success from the start but quickly had to shut down production in 1942 due to the war effort. With all production moved toward government manufacturing, only 783 Mercury Woodie Wagons were built with the majority drafted by the US military. Mercury and Ford’s most expensive model for the year 1942 was the Mercury Woodie Station Wagon with a list price of $1,425. Contributing to the higher price was the wheelbase that was four inches longer and a powerplant that was able to produce five more horsepower than the Ford model, along with other features throughout the car. Remarkably, a mere six of the aforementioned 783 station wagons are known to exist today.
The earliest Mercury in the Steelewood Collection is this exceptionally rare and highly desirable 1942 Mercury Model 29A Station Wagon. Sent to California to be given a frame-off restoration by one of the best woodie aficionados in the country, Nick Alexander; the result was nothing short of concours-quality. The outside was resprayed in its original Moselle Maroon and the original maple and brown gumwood panels from the Iron Mountain plant were wonderfully restored and varnished. 1942 featured a new and better-looking chrome horizontal bar grille and, like the rest of the car, all the chrome work presents beautifully. A new top fabric was applied that was color coordinated with the exterior paint to create a striking appearance. Steel wheels sport chrome hubcaps wrapped in newer 6.50x16 six-ply tires, which were slightly larger and better handling than the tires that came on the Ford station wagon models.
The concours-quality restoration didn’t stop with the exterior, as the interior clearly shows. The inside features newly upholstered leather seats and yields comfortable seating for up to eight occupants. The dashboard has been restored with proper woodgrain and the dashboard is in excellent condition. The instruments are in working order and present very well, as does the steering wheel which features the iconic Mercury Roman God logo in the center. New black rubber floor mats have been laid throughout and all is kept warm with the factory optioned heater. The engine compartment is very clean and tidy, having been recently detailed throughout. The 239-cubic-inch V-8 engine is mechanically sound, and the car runs and drives very well and the three-speed column mounted shifter moves smoothly through the gears. Other than a new battery, all of the parts are period-correct components.
Accompanying this 1942 Woodie Station Wagon is a reference book and a photo album documenting the car before the restoration took place. It is a rare sight to see a 1942 model automobile of any manufacturer, let alone a station wagon such as this example. This 1942 Mercury 29A Station Wagon features a total frame-off restoration completed by one of the most well-known woodie car restorers and, being only one of only six known to exist, it can surely be considered one of the most desirable and finest of all woodie wagons.