CHASSIS NO: 0379H5036283
• One of only three known to exist
• Five-year, frame-off documented restoration
• Six owners; Complete known owner history
• Rare Canadian-built Mercury
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255 cid flathead V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4.09 to 1 gear ratio rear differential; wheelbase: 118”
The early Monarch station wagons are among the rarest of the rare when it comes to woodies, so much so, that even when you do an internet search, very little data appears. The Monarch was an automobile marque that was sold by the Ford Motor Company through its Canadian dealerships. It made its debut under the list of Mercury models in 1946. The Canadian-specific automobile featured new trim, unique grilles, taillights and a leaping lion as a hood ornament, all items that separated it from its Mercury sibling in the United States market. At the time, most of the towns in Canada only had one automobile dealership, so the goal was to offer a full range of products in various price classes. This resulted in the Monarch to be produced in four different models from 1946 to 1957. Each model differed when it came to production numbers, but the two-door station wagons were the least produced of them all, specifically the 1950 model. During that year, a mere 43 were produced and, of those 43, only three are known to exist today.
Living its life as one of the last of its kind, this 1950 Monarch Station Wagon has had a long and well-documented journey making its way to the United States. Originally built in Windsor, Ontario in 1949, it was purchased new in 1950 from a dealership in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It was then sold to an individual in Toronto, and eventually made its way back to British Columbia where the restoration would take place. This carefully planned out frame-off restoration was started in 1994 and was finished in 1999. During the five-year-long process, the owner at the time made sure to document each step of the restoration. Once the body was primed and ready, Ron Morris of Unique Fender Mender in British Columbia applied the Monarch Metallic Maywood Green paint, a unique factory option color that was only offered in Canada. The maple and mahogany wood was fully restored and varnished to a brilliant shine and all chrome was replated and beautifully polished.
Once you open the doors, you are greeted by the new genuine brown leather upholstery which was restored by Slim Easton of Slims Upholstery in Cloverdale, British Columbia. The woodgrain dash features a factory option radio and a chrome Monarch name plate above the glovebox. All the knobs have been re-chromed and are in well-working condition. The front is equipped with roll-up windows, while the middle row seating has sliding glass windows. Powering this rare two-door wagon is a 255-cubic-inch flathead V-8 engine, that is backed by the manual three-speed on the column. The car also comes with hydraulic drum brakes and optional overdrive, which is activated by a knob under the dash. The entire engine is extremely clean and has recently been detailed.
Being part of the Steelewood Collection for quite some time now, this Monarch was well-loved and always meticulously cared for. Seamlessly spotless throughout and standing as one of only three known to exist today, it can easily be considered one of rarest station wagons to ever go to auction. This fine investment grade beauty runs like a Swiss watch, drives and shows great, and draws a crowd wherever it goes.