In an attempt to capture buyers looking for an entry level luxury car, Ford created the Mercury line in 1938. The brand was at its peak in the 1950′s and the top model was the Monterey. It came in several variations, including a nine passenger Woodie wagon. The current owner of this 1954 Mercury Monterey Woodie Wagon found it hiding under a car cover in a barn. It can now be found in Chesterton, Indiana or here on eBay with a BIN of $24,700.
There weren’t many of these Woodie Wagons built in ’54, and no one is sure how many are left. They claim this is how the car looked when they found it, but that it had been restored previously, which would explain why it looks so good. The original 256 cui Y-code V8 runs and sounds great. They claim that it drives and is very fun to cruise in.
They also claim that the interior is original and unrestored, but they have no way of proving it. Either way it looks great, but we wish that someone hadn’t installed that gauge on the heater control console. This would still be a fun car to haul the family in, especially for trips to the beach. Chances are you won’t ever see another one on the road.
We love the looks of this wagon, but we would be sure to ask lots of questions before we handed over any money. The seller makes a lot of claims, but lacks documentation to back them up, which makes us leery. A few of these have gone to auction in the past year and have fetched considerably more than the seller’s asking price, but those were early cars with solid wood paneling and were in much nicer condition. It’s still a great car and would make a unique family hauler.