CHASSIS NO: 99A877098
• Low production year for Mercury Wagons
• Well-executed frame-off restoration
• Original Mercury V-8 operations manual
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239.4 cid V-8 engine, 100 HP, three-speed manual transmission; wheelbase: 118”
For a stretch in time, no American cars of any kind were sold to the public. They were all placed on hold by the government until WWII officially ended on September 2nd, 1945. The government wanted to ensure a price could be established to prevent profiteering, and to assure that the first ones sold went to war veterans returning home and businesses providing essential services. With a car-hungry public waiting to buy new automobiles, Ford took that opportunity and was the first US manufacturer to resume full production. The same could not be said of its other marque brands, Lincoln and Mercury. It wasn’t until October 22nd that Mercury had its first station wagon come off the line, and its formal debut did not occur until February 8th, 1946. By then GM, Chrysler, Hudson, Packard, and many other manufacturers were well into their 1946 model years. Mercury based the ‘46 model on the short-lived 1942 model with a new grille that featured eight vertical chrome “comb” boxes with four on each side of the hood. Not much else changed, other than the option to have upholstery color choices, as opposed to the stock brown leather. With a late start in the production, few were produced and therefore add to the rarity of the automobile being offered here.
Before making its way into the Steelewood Collection, this 1946 Mercury Series 69M Station Wagon was used as a daily driver for the Midwest Casket Company out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Once acquired by its current owner, a well-executed and comprehensive frame-off restoration was undertaken. The metal contours are excellent and the Navy-Blue paint shines nicely with the original maple wood panels presenting a nice and even honey colored glow. All the chrome shines evenly and the roof covering has been replaced with proper black leatherette. This stylish wagon is sitting on newer whitewall tires and beautiful original chrome hubcaps.
The inside features striking red upholstery throughout and bench seating in the front and rear with a “two-thirds” bench seat in the middle for up to eight occupants. One of the main features in the cabin is the hand assembled maple wood ceiling that invites the occupants into the cabin. Reflecting a nice shine from that warm glow is the original restored faux mahogany wood dashboard which houses all the working knobs, gauges, factory original AM radio and electric clock. The factory heater under the dash keeps the cabin warm on the brisk morning drives. A 100-horsepower V-8 engine lies under the hood which features factory-correct parts. The three-speed manual transmission with column shift and powerplant have both been mechanically sorted and are in very good working order.
Though Mercury got a late start to production, they were still able to produce a high quality, attractive and reliable station wagon for 1946. Beautifully presented and in wonderful driving form, this example will make for a great cruiser to any car show, no matter the distance.